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Double Fold

23:05 - 23:35

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Inspired by the controversial American book of the same title by Nicholson Baker, Double Fold is an extended work focusing on a pulse,128 beats per minute. The book is an exploration of the dismantling of the greatest archives of our recorded heritage, paper as a resource now too fragile to store our history on.

"Since beginning of the 90s Scanner has been extending our perception with his mapping out the ubiquitous acoustic environments of here and now. Creating compositions out of various frequencies, disintegrated whispers and vocals, (de)personalised telephone conversations and hums of cities, he is transforming the immaterial soundscape that surrounds us daily and which we tend to suppress into a meaningless cloud of buzz. This actual or virtual inaudibility of the used and manipulated sounds is the challenge on which Scanner assembles his musical libraries of "radioactive fossils" (G. Deleuze) that when being listened to, similar to Proustian re-activation of a buried memory through a physical object being in interaction with our senses, radiate the possibility to let go of the implications, past, reminiscences they have condensed in themselves."
(Natasa Petresin)

As Robin Rimbaud anticipates: "The idea of the archive fascinates me and I would be interested to incorporate radio archives into this performance piece. For the broadcast I will source sounds from my own tape archive of scanned voices, found sounds, stolen conversations and processing them digitally.  Having access almost randomly to Cds of other radio works I could collage these live into the work. It would explore my own brittle sound diary, producing a series of contrasting moods that would slip and slide around one another, yet never losing grip of the measure. Double Fold will be a rhythmic performance, focusing on a central line of measure, capturing a history, both personal and public."

The performance explores an understanding of the archive on a personal and global level. It uses the archives of Kunstradio as a motif throughout, with special commissioned visuals by Mexican American artist Edith Garcia that illustrate this historical exploration. The work reflects upon the way in which we archive and shows a concern at the potential loss of our cultural heritage.



Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner
Edith Garcia