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. From his early 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.
Scanner is committed to working with cutting edge practitioners and has collaborated with artists from every imaginable genre: musicians Bryan Ferry, Radiohead and Laurie Anderson, The Royal Ballet and Merce Cunningham and Random Dance companies, composers Michael Nyman and Luc Ferrari, and artists Mike Kelley, Derek Jarman, Steve McQueen, Carsten Nicolai and Douglas Gordon.
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. In 2004 his Sound Surface work was the first ever Tate Modern sound-art commission and in 2006 he produced Night Haunts for Artangel whilst sound-designing a new car horn for the USA.
2007 began with a new commission for choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh’s Faultline and sound design for new British horror film ‘Reverb.’ His collaboration with filmmaker Steve McQueen, 'Gravesend,' was premiered at the 52nd Venice Biennial. In 2008 he was President of Honour at the Qwartz Music Awards in Paris, scored the hit musical comedy 'Kirikou & Karaba' in Paris, premiered his six-hour show 'Of Air and Eye' at the Royal Opera House London in late 2008, and sound-designed the new Philips Wake-Up Light with Philips Electronics in NL, a lamp to wake you up with natural light and sound.
In 2009 he released his new album, 'Rockets, Unto the Edges of Edges', showed new work at the Canary Islands Biennial and composed the soundtrack to the opening ceremony of the World Swimming Championships in Rome, broadcast in 164 countries. His avant-pop band Githead released their third album, 'Landing' in 2009, and continues to tour and record globally.
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).
He has performed and created works in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Kunsthalle Vienna, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Tate Modern & Tate Britain London and the Royal Opera House London. His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.