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Fallows is an artist, curator and Professor of Sound and Visual Arts at
Liverpool John Moores University. He is the curator of the exhibition
“Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William S.
Burroughs” at the Kunsthalle Wien (15 June – 21 October
Colin Fallows was invited to select radio art work from the archive on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Kunstradio on Ö1.
“Stopstarting” by Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner)
Robin Rimbaud was invited by Colin Fallows to work as a Visiting Fellow in Sound at the Liverpool School Art in 1998 and to develop a soundwork in, and about, the city of Liverpool. The CD entitled Stopstarting was the result of Robin Rimbaud’s Fellowship work and the piece premiered live at the launch of ISEA98 Revolution at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on 2 September 1998.
In 1998, Colin Fallows was a Director of ISEA98 - the ninth International Symposium on Electronic Art - which is still the UK’s biggest, global, new technology art event to date and a pioneering North West regional collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). ISEA98 became a meeting place for creative thinkers from across the world and the event proved to be a catalyst for a number of influential projects that followed. Colin Fallows and Heidi Grundmann, who attended the event as a special guest, began discussions around the ISEA98 theme of ‘generative arts’ which reached fruition a year later in the international collaborative project Sound Drifting: I Silenzi Parlano Tra Loro. Curated by Colin Fallows and Heidi Grundmann, Sound Drifting was an interdependent temporary system of sixteen international remote sub-projects, which used a wide range of methods and approaches to the generation, processing and presentation of data/sounds/images to form a nine-day long continuous on line – on site – on air sound installation on the occasion of Ars Electronica festival in Linz 1999.
Robin Rimbaud created a special version of Stopstarting for Kunstradio which aired on 12 November 1998. He described the piece as follows:
“This sound recording is the result of a Fellowship in Sound at Liverpool Art School, Liverpool John Moores University. Invited to work in a bunker studio, I worked on a variety of ideas and structures towards this composition.
I have always been interested in the concept of memory and place, location playing a large and significant part in my live improvisations. For this project I chose significant points of sound located in the city, partly from random questions to people, partly from self interest. From these I mapped out a walk that took me from one point to another, minidisk in hand, recording the acoustic data of that place.
I wanted to create in a sense a sound shot rather like the opening scene in Roberts Altman’s movie Short Cuts where the helicopter hovers gently over the densely packed city landscape and the film focuses or scans into the temporal moments in the daily lives of its inhabitants. A motion across a city, an architectural electronic scanning of an almost invisible sound wave. Liverpool, like most cities, has its very own personal sound dialect. Historically we can recall the sound of the docks, the railway station, the Cavern and early brittle Beatles tunes floating through the air. In a way I have attempted to capture what is an imperceivable and invisible language that helps us to navigate our way through a city. Voices, traffic lights, announcement speakers, buses, building works, footsteps, telephones, cash machines, voices, all manipulated and transformed into a composition that I hope captures the essence of this sound Polaroid of Liverpool in 1998.”