Rendezvous: In vivo Electro, July 1
British artist Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. From his early controversial work using found mobile phone conversations, through to his focus on trawling the hidden noise of the modern metropolis as the symbol of the place where hidden meanings and missed contacts emerge, his restless explorations have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin, and Stockhausen.
His work connects the points between a bewilderingly diverse array of genres – a partial list would include sound design, film scores, computer music, digital avant garde, contemporary composition, large-scale multimedia performances, product design, architecture, fashion design, rock music and jazz. Scanner works continually to break new ground, in terms of the formats of his works (certain involve 20 simultaneous performances around the world), the tools he uses, the choice of performance context and venues (concert and opera halls, symphony halls, cellars, streets, deserts, museums, advertisements, radio, cinema, etc.), and in terms of the range of musical materials employed.
Born in Southfields, London in 1964, Scanner studied Modern Arts at Kingston University, and began composing for professional productions in 1982. Since then he has been intensely active in sound art, producing concerts, compositions, 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.
Scanner is committed to working with cutting edge practitioners and has collaborated with artists from every imaginable genre: musicians Bryan Ferry, Radiohead, Carsten Nicolai, and Laurie Anderson, The Royal Ballet and the dance companies Merce Cunningham, Wayne McGregor, and Random Dance, fashion designers Hussein Chalayan and Shelley Fox, composers Michael Nyman and Luc Ferrari, and artists Steve McQueen (film and video), Mike Kelley (visual artist), Derek Jarman (film maker), and Miroslaw Balka (sculptor and video artist).