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Artist Talk – Scanner: Making Music from Ghosts and a few cables
Mon 27 June 2016, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
Scanner will present a history of work that has slipped between the borders of performance, installation, music and art, from scanning mobile phone networks, composing sound for the dead and collaborating with fashion designers, choreographers, hospitals and the homeless. And how to do all this without drinking tea, coffee, alcohol, meat or smoking.
The talk and demo will be between 7-8pm. The remaining time will be used for more music, casual hangout and drinks until close at 10pm. For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Rimbaud, alias Scanner (1964, London, UK) is a composer whose work traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space and image, creating absorbing, multilayered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.
Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he has collaborated on projects with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Mike Kelley, Miroslaw Balka, Torres, Michael Nyman, Carsten Nicolai, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson and Hussein Chalayan, amongst others.
He scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba (2007), designed the sound for the Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), and campaigns for Nike Hyperfuse (2011), Chanel’s Fall-Winter collection (2012), Sprint Telephones (2012) and FT Weekend (2014). For the UK Olympics Scanner scored The Big Dance in Trafalgar Square for 1000 dancers and the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in the company of Queen Beatrix. He continues to tour his show Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked, a striking audiovisual show with Heritage Orchestra. In 2014 he was Visiting Artist at MIT in Cambridge USA.
In 2015 he premiered his score to Dutch National Ballet’s and ISH’s new production Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and in 2016 will present his Water Drops installation Rijeka Airport in Croatia, and Playtime at Cliveden National Trust. His work Salles des Departs is permanently installed in a working morgue in Paris.
His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
This programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.