January 2002

January 2002

Strom Thirty One.


A late welcome into the new year, now full of rain and blustery winds in the UK. Not that I get to experience that much english weather at the moment with my travel miles schedule.

It’s been an intriguing time recently – I recently finished up the production on The Sounds of Love, a BBC radio show I have made for Valentine’s Day that explores love through interviews with people mixed up with recordings of animals mating, seducing one another and generally getting ‘jiggy’ with each other. The programme is scheduled to go out on Wednesday 13th February, 2002, at 1130-1200, repeated Thursday 14th February, 2325-2355. It’s on Radio Scotland but you can listen to it streamed live on the Net at the address below. Be careful if you have any pets in the house whilst you listen in case they get excited though.

The Nemesis production in collaboration with the British choreographer Wayne McGregor/Random Dance Company opens this week in the UK and then travels globally for around the next five years so chances are it might come to a performance place near you soon. I have composed an hour long soundtrack that hopefully suitably compliments the dancers and the animatronics designed by Jim Henson‘s Creature Workshop. Using 3D animation and graphics the work is a kind of extraterrestrial dance meets reality tv.

Still on at Apexart in NYC is Gain, an exhibition of works which address the intersection of artist and machine. Through subversion, invention, and critical address, each artist is responding to the integral role technology plays in daily life. As well as a new collaborative work I have created with Katarina Matiasek artists include Laetitia Sonami, Ruth Anderson, Ken Linehan, Kaffe Matthews and Andrea Polli.

I am also producing part of the Only Connect series at the Barbican in London that opens in March. It’s an annual season of extraordinary shows that this year will feature Marianne Faithfull, John Zorn, Yo La Tengo, Sigur Ros, and my responsibility: Play on April 27. I have commissioned three acts – Coil, Plaid and Mouse On Mars to write new works to accompany digital images in the theatre space, to be followed afterwards by a free event installation/performance space designed by SND. It’s a preview to the Game On exhibition that will follow in the Barbican Gallery the following month. It should be a very exciting event so if you are passing through London try and check it out.

So now off to another rainy but great city, Zagreb in Crotia, to install a work as part of a show in the Technical Museum and hope to see some of you in my forthcoming travels.

Keep in touch.



::: diary dates :::

29     ‘Scanner Scans Sciarrino’ Teatro Politeama Garibaldi,Palermo
30     ‘Scanner Scans Sciarrino’ Centro Culture Contemporanee Zo, Catania

8       Mars Tokyo Japan (with Susumu Yokota)
16     Concert Huis a/d Werf Utrecht, The Netherlands
28     Adelaide Fringe Festival

Random Dance Company – Nemesis Tour Dates 2002
25-26 Jan     South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
2 Feb             Birmingham Rep Theatre, Birmingham
5 Feb             Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
13 Feb           Wycombe Swan Theatre
23 Feb          Newcastle Playhouse
1-2 March     Sadler’s Wells London
6 March        Charter Theatre Preston
12 March      Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton
27 March      Nottingham Playhouse
4-6 Apr          Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Apr           The Point, Eastleigh
19 Apr           Malvern Theatres
26-27 Apr     The Maltings, Snape
17 May          Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield


::: exhibitions :::

show about Nikola Tesla in The Technical Museum Zagreb Croatia
Opens 26 January 2002

Apex Art at 291 Church Street
T 212-431-5270

GAIN: The amount of amplification (voltage, current or power) of an audio signal, usually expressed in units of dB (i.e., the ratio of the output level to the input level). For example, amplifying a voltage signal by a factor of two is stated as a voltage gain increase of 6 dB.

Gain is an exhibition of works which address the intersection of artist and machine. Through subversion, invention, and critical address, each artist is responding to the integral role technology plays in daily life. The formats used include sound, sculpture, video, and multi-media interactive environments. In each instance the artist has devised a unique method through which to create their works, illustrating the new sonic and visual languages developing as a result of investigation into new and old technologies and machines. All of the artists are contributing to this language, by designing new technologies, or adding to the functionality and conceptions of those already in existence. The title Gain, taken from a sound engineering handbook, alludes to these additions as an amplification of ideas.

Gain Curated by: Kelly Taxter
January 4 – 26, 2002

Artists: Ruth Anderson, Ken Linehan, Kaffe Matthews, Andrea Polli, Scanner and Katarina Matiasek, and Laetitia Sonami

::: listen :::
DJ Dangermouse (Hip Hop Mix 4)
Michael Levinas: Musique de chambre (Accord)
Cornelius: Point (Matador)
Institute of Sonology 1959-69 Early Electronic Music (Sub Rosa)

::: read :::
Haruki Murakami: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Panther)
Slovenian Pavilion Catalogue (Venice Bienall)
Passing Time in the Loo Vol 1 (Compact Classics)
The Producers: Contemporary Curators (Baltic)

::: recent releases:::
SULCD008 Sulphur Records ‘Compound’ compilation CD
SFMOMA: Scanner/Alva Noto: Uniform

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