June 2010


A hectic month has passed whilst slipping to another human number in age, yet remaining an alien to almost everything else. It’s been a month of creative encounters and celebratory fun with making an utter fool of myself rollerskating in a disco, leaving my well-preserved body rather bruised and aching, slipping into last place in a game of birthday bowls and then smiling uncontrollably at over 230 primates of 15 different species at an ape rescue sanctuary in the Dorset countryside.


I played some relatively controversial live shows over the last month too. My collaboration with the astonishing pianist Joanna MacGregor at LSO St Luke’s Church in London based around themes of Bach upset a rather traditionalist audience who couldn’t appreciate my role clearly enough. Then more dramatically at my live show of Warhol’s Surfaces at Weston Auditorium de Havilland UK students walked out scandalized by the projection of Warhols’ films, which featured footage of transvestites eating bananas seductively, and most unsettlingly footage of people kissing, both male and female couples, which some found to be horribly offensive. Needless to say the director of the theatre was thrilled to receive such a reception.

This month I have also updated the download section of the Scannerdot website with a host of almost entirely unreleased gems for you to enjoy for free. So now there are over THREE hours of unheard MP3s including the exhibition soundtrack for the V & A Museum digital art show Decode (2010) , Pavillon d'Armide for the Monte Carlo Ballet (2009), Of Air and Ear from the Royal Opera House/Deloitte Ignite event (2008 ), Summer by Summer: written for contemporary ensemble Alter Ego and premiered at Venice Biennial (2008), Floatsome & Jettison: a collaboration with free103point9 artist Tom Roe for MACBA Museum (2008), the complete podcast series from 2005 made in Wales for Convergence/May We Live in Interesting Times, a tribute to the late John Balance of Coil for a Russian compilation and finally the soundtrack for Kunstradio’s Re-Inventing Radio project for ORF in Vienna Austria in 2004. Enjoy them at your leisure.


I recently created the soundtracks to several new films, some of which premiere at Le Fresony in France on 4 June as part of the Panorama art show. My own installation work Falling Forward will also be presented for the first time, a film based work where images of broken ice, glass, photographs and dust are captured at 1000 frames per second, whilst a solitary female figure passes the screen in one brief moment. The accompanying soundtrack maintains a hovering tension, creating an inviting, sensual yet melancholy présence. The soundtrack can be heard here independently.

I also contributed the soundtrack to the online film for The Concise Dictionary of Dress project with Artangel in London. The Concise Dictionary of Dress is located within the working store for the V&A’s vast reserve collections of furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, fashion and fine arts, and begins with a journey through a turnstile, into an industrial goods lift and up to the first in a sequence of intriguing definitions in a walk-through dictionary of dress. It is a collaboration with a psychoanalyst, Adam Phillips, a costume curator, Judith Clark, and Blythe House, the V&A’s working store for its art and design collections. It is the first time the V&A has opened Blythe House to the public, and the first time Artangel has worked in a fully working space.

Forthcoming in the next months will be the new 10” vinyl only EP by Dutch composer Michel Banabila and myself in collaboration. Only 300 hand numbered copies will be available and until the release date you can listen to the entire release in full at the MySpace page. It’s a world soaked in sunshine so hope it will lift the spirits


The update_3 | body sound exhibition recently opened in Ghent Belgium at Zebrastraat featuring my collaboration with American artist Mike Kelley Scanner's work as part of this history of sound in the arts. The show charts a modern walk through new media works with Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Manon De Boer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Casten Nicolai-Alva Noto, Anouk De Clercq, Martin Creed, Adam Mc. Ewen, Keiko Owada, Mika Vaino, Chris Marker, Ugo Rondinone, and Sémiconductor amongst others. Our project 'Esprits de Paris,' originally shown at Centre Pompidou and MACBA Barcelona 2002, is being displayed and for anyone unable to attend there is a freely downloadable catalogue available here if you cannot attend the show in person.

Also just opened this month is Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs at iMT Gallery London. Dead Fingers Talk is an ambitious show presenting two unreleased tape experiments by William Burroughs from the mid 1960s alongside responses by 23 artists, musicians, writers, composers and curators. I am presenting an unreleased work based around Burroughs as part of this show.

Live shows this month include the debut performance at Le Fresnoy of my collaboration with six of my students, each of whom has created a new work for the soundtrack, on 8 June, followed by a rare London show at Café Oto on 10 June where Will Dutta will perform a new piano in collaboration followed by a solo show of mine. Writer Sukhdev Sandu and I will also be presenting a new piece in Spitalfields Church early morning on 13 June as part of the Spitalfields Music Festival, in partnership with the Jewish Community Centre for London. Our work will take inspiration from the Christian community with an aural and verbal response to ideas of faith and belief.

So another busy month to follow. Thanks for your support as always

Professor Scanner


::: listen :::

Fennesz: Sampler (Tapeworm)
Hudson Mohawke: Ooops (LuckyMe/Wireblock)
Pan Sonic: Gravitoni (Blast First Petite)
The JDs: Education (Pretension Records)

::: read :::
Mike Davis: City of Quartz (Verso)
Graham Jones: Last Shop Standing (Proper)
Renaissance Faces (National Gallery)
Warren F Motte Jnr: Oulipo (Nebraska Press)

::: film:::
Bad Lieutenant, Werner Herzog, USA
Godard, l'amour, la posie, Luc Lagier, France
American: The Bill Hicks Story, Matt Harlock, UK
Lebanon, Samuel Maoz, Israel


Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs
iMT Gallery London

28 May – 18 July 2010

Dead Fingers Talk is an ambitious forthcoming exhibition presenting two unreleased tape experiments by William Burroughs from the mid 1960s alongside responses by 23 artists, musicians, writers, composers and curators.

Few writers have exerted as great an influence over such a diverse range of art forms as William Burroughs. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine and Junky, continues to be regularly referenced in music, visual art, sound art, film, web-based practice and literature. One typically overlooked, yet critically important, manifestation of his radical ideas about manipulation, technology and society is found in his extensive experiments with tape recorders in the 1960s and ’70s. Dead Fingers Talk: The Tape Experiments of William S. Burroughs is the first exhibition to truly demonstrate the diversity of resonance in the arts of Burroughs’ theories of sound.

The exhibition includes work by Alma/Joe Ambrose, Steve Aylett, Lawrence English, The Human Separation, Cathy Lane, Eduardo Navas, Negativland, o.blaat, Aki Onda, Jörg Piringer, Scanner, Terre Thaemlitz, Thomson & Craighead, Laureana Toledo and Ultra-red.


The Black Cabinet ­ Surveillance and Resistance
Post & Tele Museum
Copenhagen Denmark

09 October 2009 - 24 October 2010

Exhibition exploring a historical look at phone technology and developments. Scanner is presenting early examples of his controversial scanned mobile telephone calls from the 1990s.

Post & Tele Museum

Night Haunts
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner

Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel's mailing list by clicking here .


Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction

NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.

NightJam presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. Additionally it features remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.