aka Robin Rimbaud from London/UK.
British artist Robin Rimbaud traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. A true renaissance artist of digital pop culture, from his earliest 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 of the experimental terrain have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen.
Since 1991 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. He has performed and created works in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Tate Modern London, Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, Kunsthalle Vienna, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Hanoi Opera House Vietnam and the Royal Opera House London.
Scanner is committed to working with cutting edge practitioners and has collaborated with artists from every imaginable genre: Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson, Radiohead, The Royal Ballet, Random Dance, Neville Brody, Hussein Chalayan, Shelley Fox, Douglas Gordon, Brian Eno, Michael Nyman, Luc Ferrari, Mike Kelley, Orlan, Mike Hodges, Derek Jarman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Lorraine Hunt and Peter Sellars, amongst others.
His works continually seek to break new ground: in 1994 he pioneered one of the first experimental ezines, I/O/D, in 1998 he performed Surface Noise on a London Bus around the city, in 2000 he performed over 20 KM of beach in Italy on the public speaker system, re-soundtracked Jean Luc Godard’s seminal film Alphaville, and controversially played 16 concerts in just one evening with a series of lookalikes across the globe. In 2003 he became the first electronic artist to ever perform in Vietnam, and in 2004 his Sound Surface work was the first ever Tate Modern sound-art commission. From 1994-2000 he curated and directed the pioneering Electronic Lounge club at London’s ICA which presented new electronic music and media monthly.
Among his recently completed works are Europa 25, a newly commissioned National Anthem for Europe, re-arrangments of Bach’s Cantatas, soundtracks for The Royal Ballet and Random Dance Company, a string quartet Play Along, a collaboration with legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham and creating Flower Echoes work to open the Guangzhou Triennial in China. In 2006 he is presenting Night Haunts with Artangel in London, Sound Designing new UK Horror movie Reverb, and designing a pemanent work for the Northern Neuro Disability Services Centre in Newcastle UK.
His work can be heard on permanent display in the Science Museum London (‘Sound Curtains’) and the Raymond Poincaré hospital in Garches France as part of the bereavement suite (‘Channel of Flight’). His BBC radio production of Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Human Voice’ won the prestigious Prix Marulic Award and most recently he won First Prize Neptun Water Prize for his installation ‘Wishing Well’ in Germany. In 1998 he became ‘Professor Scanner’ at John Moore’s University in Liverpool. He is a Contributing Editor of kultureflash.net, a London centric ezine which goes out weekly via HTML email to 23,200+ subscribers, and is currently Artist-in-Residence for BBC Wales in 2005.
2005 Now 02 | Underscan Records (12")
2005 Radiance | Steamin' Soundworks (CD)
2004 Europa 25 | Bette (CD)
2004 Double Fold | rx:tx (CD)
2003 Warhol's Surface | Intermedium (CD)
2003 Lost Without Light | Underscan Records (10")
2002 Soundpolaroids | Biphop (CD)
2002 Nemesis | Bette (CD)
2002 52 Spaces | Bette (CD)
2001 Alva Noto and Scanner - Uniform | raster-noton (CD)
2001 Invalid Object Series | Fallt
2000 Scannerfunk - Wave Of Light By Wave Of Light | Sulphur (CD)
1999 Cystic | Noton (CD)
1999 Scanner vs Dj Spooky - The Quick And The Dead | Sulphur (CD)
1999 Lauwarm Instrumentals | Sulphur (CD)
1998 Stopstarting | Audio Research (CD)
1998 Sound For Spaces | Sub Rosa (CD)
1997 The Garden Is Full Of Metal | Earache (CD)
1997 Scanner vs Signs Ov Chaos | Earache (CD)
1997 Delivery | Earache (CD)
1996 Sub Rosa Live Sessions | Sub Rosa (CD)
1996 Memetic Flesh: After The Mutation | ORF Kunstradio (CD)
1996 Accretions | Complete Music (CD)
1995 Sulphur | Sub Rosa (CD)
1995 Spore | New Electronica (CD)
1995 Mass Observation '95 | New Electronica (CD)
1994 Mass Observation | Ash International (CD)
1993 Scanner 2 | Ash International (CD)
1992 Scanner 1 | Ash International (CD)