It’s time to close the door on 2011 and slip gently into 2012 and as much as the Scanner Office would like to be planning their annual festive party the wall chart with its heap of deadlines looming does not suggest a rest or holiday as yet.
November took me from Berlin to Buenos Aires, from Paris to Glasgow for a variety of adventures and escapades.
Berlin, as seductive as always, brought me over for the opening of Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em at Kunstraum Kreuzberg, a comprehensive show of work by musicalyl oriented visual works. I showed a series of blown up photographs exhibited across one wall of the generously sized gallery, whilst kinetic sculptures, video works and interactive pieces hummed, whirred and circulated around. After a star studded opening night, I performed at WestGermany, Buro fur Post-Postmodern Kommuikation, one of those classic Berlin venues where after a 45 minute search only a doorway with a handwritten sign on a scrap of paper confirms the location, and you walk into the innards of a disused industrial space, with exposed pipes, ancient graffiti and the sensibility that something apocalyptic has just occurred. Amazingly a grand audience packed out the venue and afterwards we all bopped around to the minimalist rhythms of Oni Ahym, otherwise familiar as Olof Dreijer of celebrated duo The Knife.
Swapping my lederhosen for sunglasses I jetted off immediately to Buenos Aires to perform an ambitious outdoor show as part of their Museum Night, when all the galleries and institutions remain open until early in the morning. Set on the water on a floating stage in La Boca, I performed an hour long set with local musicians on violin, cello, trumpet, saxophone and opera singer Veronica Canaves, which turned out to be a magical experience. Thousands upon thousands of spectators turned up to support us all and cheer along, whilst lanterns and candles lit up the surroundings.
Fellow electronic pioneer Biosphere played a live set before me and became my companion explorer through the next days as we traipsed through ancient streets, modern museums, and shopped for shoes.
Then it was over to Paris to present my live cinema project based around the early short films of celebrated auteur Alain Resnais, entitled Toute la mémoire du monde / Le Chant du styrene, at Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, an extraordinary building with a glass facade built as a vast horn-eye, designed by Jean Nouvel. In a temporary space dedicated to cinema screening the night was especially memorable for the agitated spectator wearing what one can only describe as a horribly home knitted ‘Christmas pullover,’ who loudly protested at the finale that I had crucified the films narrative and intentions and questioned why anyone would want to see a film in this manner, which was especially odd given that he’d bought a ticket to attend this radical reshaping. My good friends and supporters helped draw him out in the night air for further discussion. I will remove him from my Christmas card list.
My seventh (yes count them) new album in twelve months has just been released in The Netherlands. Voyager: Amongst Others was commissioned by Atelier HSL to celebrate the expansion of special high-speed train lines that now connect Amsterdam with Paris. Accompanying a visual arts show that traverses the landscape and different cities I wanted to make a work that could be experienced whilst moving and shared elsewhere beyond the geography of the locality.
Voyager: Amongst Others mixes recorded sounds (the sound of trains, public address announcements in stations, conversations, church bells, barrel organs, birds in the wind) into a mystic ‘soundscape’, with which crecates a mental bridge between the world of the individual traveller in the train and the landscape outside through which the train races. You can freely download the entire new album here. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page for a listening and download link. This album is also available in NL as a very limited edition CD release, or via me directly when you see me, just ask me when you see me next 🙂
For any French readers there was recently a four page feature in fashionable Paris Vogue magazine about my work, following an extensive interview so point your browser her to pass a little while, all whilst wearing your finest Jill Sander suit of course.
And whilst still in France, at least if only in the imagination if not physically, you can watch excerpts from my recent installation at Le Fresnoy of In-Between. The work presented a living breathing physical heart discovered beneath the ground which could be viewed through the torn up floorboards. A soundtrack of the beating heart could be heard around the space, born from the vibrations and sonic debris of the building itself. A limited edition CD of this score can still be obtained free with orders from the Scanner store, whilst stocks last.
For the forthcoming colder wintry nights you can curl up around your iPad and watch a couple more visual pieces if you wish too. Documentation of my Floral Derrangement sound installation as part of the 2011 Durham International Brass Festival can be found in a short film by Alan Fentiman. Follow this up with an interview and film tracing the trajectory and development of my recent collaboration with UVA in New York City as part of The Creators Project, featuring our colossal interactive installation Origin.
So that’s things to watch, read, but how about just listening, some pure delight and pleasure for the ears? Then tune into for Santa Scanner’s gifts – firstly a remix of artist Derek Piotr, taken from his forthcoming remix album AGORA Regathered, out on bitsquare.net, then a widely twisted and slinky remix for British sound artist Simon Whetham to download here.
So with that bumper festive package for you I shall slip dynamically into 2012 with energy and hopefulness, and wish you all a safe and joyful festive time and very lively New Year.
Robin Van Rimbaud
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04 November – 15 January 2012
How far are visual artists influenced by current music, and in what ways are musicians bound up with visual culture? The exhibition sets up a literal relation between a Eric B & Rakim song title and visual art—and the lives of artists and their works. Initiator Matthias Mayer has put together the exhibition with works from fellow travelers and significant protagonists whose works oscillate on the border between music and visual art.
Scanner will be showing a series of photos as well performing live on 5 November 2011
With Oni Ayhun/Mar Ritt, David Blandy, Sophie Clements, Die Todliche Doris, Ingo Gerken/Matthias Meyer, Hellmut Hattler, Max Hattler, Eno Henze, Khan, Franziska Lantz, Julia Lazarus, Arto Lindsay, Matthias Mayer, Noriko Okaku Marc Schamuthe, Theodor Storm, Veronika Schumacher, Michael Witte, Ina Wudtke and others.
The new Crafts Council touring exhibition Breath Taking presents cutting-edge work in blown glass, by 22 UK makers. Through their creative use of glass-blowing techniques these makers ask us to consider the medium ’s possibilities for new ways of expression.
Scanner collaborated with filmmaker Neil Wissink to produce this film which is installed in each gallery, based on recordings of the Stuart Hearn glassblowing studio in London.
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
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.