So countless people spoke of 2016 as a year that they urgently wanted to forget, but rather unfortunately 2017 is already settling into one that will simply never be forgotten, where each day reveals another unsettling, challenging situation. Let’s all hope for a positive future then.
Back in Scannerland I presented a new multichannel work, Copy of a Copy, in January at The National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of Everything You Can Imagine Is Real for Late Shift Extra, at an event curated by the lovely Martyn Ware of Heaven 17. The work could be heard installed in Room 2 featuring paintings of important Tudor figures of the time, so for those of you who couldn’t enjoy the work in situ I made a simple stereo mix.
Since the event was focused around the work of Pablo Picasso and in particular his portrait work, I read a list of every portrait that Picasso painted, whilst sounds move around the space that feature in the background of these paintings, from a noisy bar, insects, pipe smoking, laughter and much more. The work explores the idea of place, language and identity in an atmospheric and suggestive way, where imagination and physical space collide. Download it for free and listen here.
The Eighth Wonder: A new soundtrack for King Kong (1933) has just gone live online. Itís an amazing project curated by artist Alan Dunn where he invited artists, musicians, writers and students to score scenes from the original King Kong film. I chose the second section and the entire work can be downloaded for free here, both as one single piece or individual sections if you wish. Enjoy the magic and playfulness.
It’s always a joy to share some of my own listening pleasures so I recently made a special mix online which focuses particularly on electronic music and minimalism. The hour long mix moves through music from the likes of Brian Eno, Philippe Besombes, Terry Riley, The Lost Jockey, Philip Glass and much more. Tune in hereat Mixcloud to have a listen.
I frequently collaborate and score the work of visual artists and filmmakers and this year I intend to present a series of shows where this output is highlighted in screenings and live performances. The first of these events will happen at The Lowry in Salford on 22 April where I will perform live scores and mixes to a number of films I’ve worked on, plus a talk and Q&A afterwards where you’ll have the opportunity to speak with me about my work and ideas. Book your tickets here.
Speaking of which I just scored a series of new films for Slovenian artist Uršula Berlot, whose beautifully hypnotic work is currently on show at UGM Studio, Maribor. The exhibition Polymorphic Imprint brings together works created on the basis of microscopic images of nanostructures and transformations of substances, prompted by invisible fields of physical forces (electromagnetism, crystallization). A flexible miniature diorama, light-sensitive objects and video all create a simulation of nature, addressing optical unconscious and polymorphous aspects of the real, by revealing its own technological construction. I hope that some documentation of the show can be seen online soon so I can share it with you. It’s truly mesmeric!
I’m presenting my Vex project in London at The Building Centre on 22 February, as part of their talk series entitled Concrete Elegance. Stephen Chance, one of the architects of the project, and I, will be talking about the work and answering questions. Tickets are free but strictly limited, so hope to see some of you there at that evening. It’s such an unique project to appear in an ever changing city of skyscrapers! Book your tickets here.
Now it’s back to the studio in preparation for new projects in 2017, including some revelatory works, collaborations and very special events. Stay tuned here, as always.
Thanks too for your continued support. It means a lot to me!
Until next time
::: listen :::
Emptyset: Borders (Thrill Jockey)
Bjarki: B (Trip)
Demdike Stare: Wonderland (Modern Love)
Nurse With Wound: Dark Drippings (Errata in Excelsis)
::: read :::
Sasha Handley: Sleep in Early Modern England (Yale)
James Ensor monograph (Royal Academy)
Brix Smith Start: The Rise, The Fall, and the Rise (Faber & Faber)
Don DeLillo: Zero K (Scribner)
Red Oaks Season 1 & 2 (Amazon)
Sorry, Wrong Number: Anatole Litvak (USA)
Black Mirror: Entire series (UK)
The Greasy Strangler: Jim Hosking (USA)
UGM Studio, Trg Leona Štuklja 2, Maribor
27 January 2017 – 25 February 2017
The exhibition brings together works created on the basis of microscopic images of nanostructures and transformations of substances, prompted by invisible fields of physical forces (electromagnetism, crystallization) with new original Scanner scores.
On the Origin of Art
05 November 2016 - 17 April 2017
Collaboration with United Visual Artists as part of a group show curated by four scientists. This immersive interactive work explores how sound originated from the sounds of the human body and how we interact with the natural world.
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 .