52 Spaces

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19 Nov 2004
7:00 pm

In this live performance, DJ Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) reweaves both image and audio from Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, exploring and interpreting the hidden resonances and meanings of sound within the filmic and personal experience.

* Live Performance will begin promptly

Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, notorious for his first works on CD that remixed voices scanned from cell phone conversations with techno noise and beats, continues his relentless study of the subjective, polyphonic and amplified urban experience. In his live performance 52 Spaces, Scanner explores the hidden resonances and meanings of sound within the filmic image. Tickets for the November 19th New York premiere of 52 Spaces at Eyebeam are $15, with a joint ticket for 52 Spaces and Ryoji Ikeda’s C4I, on November 20th available for $25. Space is limited, please reserve your seat now at Eyebeam's Online Store. All tickets will be held at Eyebeam's Will Call Desk and can be picked up the night of the performance. Please note: to maintain the integrity of the performance latecomers will not be seated. Using Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film L’Eclisse as its inspirational focal point, Scanner attempts to reassemble the memory of sound and locations in the film as well as his personal experience of Rome, where the work is set. The result is an distilled narrative of seductive conversation, musical fragments and city soundscapes. Selecting a series of 52 framed images from the closing moments of the film slowed down to a kind of mnemonic slide show and accompanied by audio culled from the movie processed with twinkling elements from the soundtrack’s original melody, Scanner conveys a complex and mysterious chronicle. L’Eclisse charts the beginning of the end, evoking a sense of loss, suggesting that modern industrial society can obliterate the emotions between people. Essentially about the relationship between a man and a woman, the emptiness of their affections mirrored in the iconic metropolis, Antonioni’s classic film is reflected back to the audience in harmonics, hushed voices and sound effects. Through this performance, Scanner reconstructs an understanding of the characters, how they commune with their physical environment and how sound is crucial to our understanding of their story. Capturing, manipulating and redirecting these moments back into the public consciousness, 52 Spaces establishes an archaeology of personal experiences and missed connections, assembling a momentary forgotten past within our digital future. Scanner - 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. Currently, Scanner is composing the new National Anthem for Europe for the EU Commission, to celebrate its expansion to 25 countries. Other recent projects include an installation, DIVA, at ZKM in Karlsruhe and the release of Githead, his new band’s debut EP on Swim Records. Scanner has collaborated with artists from various genre and disciplines including musicians Bryan Ferry and Laurie Anderson, The Royal Ballet and Random Dance companies, composers Michael Nyman and Luc Ferrari, and artists Mike Kelley and Derek Jarman. In addition to producing compositions and audio CDs, his body of work also includes soundtracks for films, performances, radio, and site-specific installations. He has performed and created works in spaces including SFMoMA, San Francisco; Hayward Gallery, London; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Kunsthalle, Vienna; and Tate Modern, London. For more info on Scanner, please visit: www.scannerdot.com. 52 Spaces was commissioned for the British School of Art at Rome


Projects: 52 Spaces
People: Scanner, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner
Tags: performance, music, event