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Robin Scanner
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Traversing, disturbing and redefining the ‘experimental terrain between sound, space, image
and form,’ Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, is a conceptual sonic artist whose aural landscape
integrates anything from sonic snapshots of the city to the nomadic fragments of mobile
phone conversations.
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 & Tate Britain 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, Carsten Nicolai,
Radiohead, The Royal Ballet, Random Dance, Wayne McGregor, Monte Carlo Ballet, Neville
Brody, Hussein Chalayan, Shelley Fox, Douglas Gordon, Dangermouse, Michael Nyman, Luc
Ferrari, Mike Kelley, Derek Jarman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Salvatore Sciarrino and Peter
Sellars, amongst others.
In 2004 his Sound Surface work was the debut Tate Modern sound-art commission, in
2005 he composed Europa 25, a newly commissioned National Anthem for Europe and in
2007 presented Gravesend with Steve McQueen at the 52nd Venice Biennial. In 2008 he
scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba in Paris. Working with Philips Electronics he
sound-designed the Philips Wake-Up Light, a lamp to wake you up with natural light and
sound, and in 2010 sound-designed the Punkt telephone with Jasper Morrison.
In 2011 he became sound designer for celebrated celebrated iPad publication Post, created
the sound for the Rugby World Cup Promotion, inaugurated new Paris digital theatre Gaîté
Lyrique in collaboration with United Visual Artists and presented Blink an ambitious outdoor
performance with Wayne McGregor and PanOptikum in Margate UK.
His work can be heard on permanent display in the Science Museum London (Sound
Curtains), the Raymond Poincaré hospital in Garches,France as part of the bereavement
suite (Channel of Flight), The Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum London and the
Northern Neuro Disability Services Centre in Newcastle UK (Turning Light).
His BBC radio production of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice won the prestigious Prix
Marulic Award and in 1999 he won First Prize Neptun Water Prize for his installation Wishing
Well in Germany. In 2009 he became Visiting Professor at University College Falmouth UK,
and Visiting Professor at Le Fresnoy National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing
France. Scanner describes himself as a ‘Minimalist anti-hero with an attraction towards alien
activities in creativity.’
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