Introducing Scanner: Associate Artist

Scanner at Poppies of Spitalfields

Scanner at Poppies of Spitalfields. Photo: Alys Tomlinson.

Since his controversial work hijacking the airwaves and gathering snippets of intercepted mobile phone conversations, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner has often been dubbed the ‘telephone terrorist’. His unorthodox use of surveillance technologies has earned him a reputation for living on the margins and producing work which challenges mainstream music-making practices.

As a critic and commentator on all things contemporary music, Scanner has featured on BBC Radio 4, he frequently writes for The Wire magazine and is Contributing Editor of the de facto trendsetter of left-field culture,

His unconventional methods include performing over 20km of beach in Italy on the public speaker system, and playing 16 concerts in just one evening(!) with a scarily convincing series of look-alikes across the globe.

As one of this Summer Festival’s Associate Artists, Scanner has provided the artistic direction for two events at our summer festival, a performance with Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak, and Flow Forms. Both events are built on individual responses to John Dowland’s Lachrimae, a beautiful set of dark and melancholic medieval pieces.

The first event will be held at Bishopsgate Institute where The Haxan Cloak will present an audio-visual performance of his new work for cello, guitar and treated percussion. It wouldn’t be a Scanner event without some commandeered electronics, and this is no exception, featuring the Computer Junk Orchestra. Expect the unexpected.

Flow Forms sees Scanner hand over the reins to the equally enigmatic electronic artist, Elizabeth Walling aka Gazelle Twin. Walling is known for her experimental music, inventive use of images. fantastical costumes and installations. For this event, she has curated a unique series of site-specific installations exploring the themes of the Dowland’s work, from the flow of a melodic line, to the historical flow beneath Spitalfields.

Scanner: The Haxan Cloak
Saturday 8 June, 8pm-10pm
Bishopsgate Institute
£16 unreserved

Scanner: Flow Forms
Friday 21 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Meeting place to be confirmed upon booking
Curated by Elizabeth Walling


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