BREAKTHROUGH
Scanner
2006

The development of wireless allowed users to hear voices from the ether and had the power to atomise and disperse body & consciousness across the universe in the same way that the internet is seen to have done more recently - creating an interstitial space for disembodied communication.
(Jeanine Griffin)

Historically new media has been associated with an invisible spiritual phenomenon, from the occultist fascination with the camera obscura, the use of photography to capture the spirits of the dead, to the application of radio, television and computers.

‘Breakthrough’ is a development of Scanner’s work with Mike Kelley ‘Esprits de Paris’ in which recordings were made of spaces with ghostly associations. The work explores the idea that certain spaces can become impregnated with physical emanations of the thoughts and lives of those living within them. It also references Konstantin Raudive‘s recordings of empty locations, which yielded mysterious voices speaking in strange languages and syntaxes, which were open to diverse interpretation.

Recordings were made in Scanner's childhood family home in London, devoid of people. Microphones were left in each of these empty rooms for extended periods and the resulting highly amplified recordings demonstrate the redundant and undesired flotsam and jetsam of environmental acoustic space. A space is thus orchestrated in which the audience can experience the essence of these possible voices and sounds from beyond, a densely orchestrated hiss of information.

Scanner’s work explores the relationship between sound and architectural space, highlighting the threads of desire and interior narrative that we weave into our everyday lives, making the invisible visible, the ordinary extraordinary. The responsibility for the decoding of this information is placed with the listener who may choose to identify traces of meaning or not.

Scanner (UK). Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in London, whose works traverse the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, highlighting the threads of desire and interior narrative that we weave into our everyday lives, making the invisible visible, the ordinary extraordinary. 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 with Bryan Ferry, Radiohead, Laurie Anderson,The Royal Ballet, Mike Kelley, and Douglas Gordon. His work has been presented throughout the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe.

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