Title: Hiss-Concrète. 2012
Courtesy: The artist
“Elevator overloaded” “Fourth floor. Second floor” This work doesn’t describe a linear journey that one usually experiences in a lift. This work, titled “Hiss Concrète,” .brings together the sounds of an elevator in a museum in Stockholm (the Bonniers Konsthall) with similarly sourced audio elements from Scanner’s extensive travels. He writes in a brief descriptive note: “The work is installed in [the] elevator, drawing attention to a very specific non place. It uses all the sounds of the elevator itself, doors, motor and ambience, combined with recordings I have made all over the globe of other elevators, bells, buzzers, gates, voice announcements for different floors, in a variety of languages from English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese.”
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. He has performed and created works at institutions such as SFMOMA, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.