In​-​Between

by Scanner

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When the architect Bernard Tschumi designed Le Fresnoy, a post-graduate art and audiovisual research centre in France, he conceived of a building without a centre, a new structure wrapped around another already existing development. What now exists is a sense of the in-between, a place between past and present, beginning and closing conversations between different times and places.

Visiting artists, guests and students have all spoken about the ‘ghosts’ resident in the building and one writer even went so far as to write a story inspired by this resonance.

In-Between explores an experience that utilises all the mysterious sounds that reside in Le Fresnoy, from the drone of the air conditioning, the hum of electricity, the ductwork for heating and ventilation, as well as the movement of bodies within.

In my research I believe I have discovered the source of this unsteady feeling resident inside Le Fresnoy. Sound frequencies have been known to cause all manner of surprising responses in recipients. In recording the ventilation system that snakes its way through the entire building I have found low-level 17 Hz near-infrasonic tones registered throughout. The presence of these tones can lead to feelings of anxiety, uneasiness, sorry, fear and pressure, and especially that sense of a chill down the spine. In the past people have attributed these sensations to ghosts whereas in fact it an unconscious response to the physicality of sound.

Resonant frequencies at 18 Hz also have the ability to alter sight through the vibration of the eyeballs, thereby causing grey abstract shapes to seemingly appear in view.

My installation finally gave Le Fresnoy a heart, a central motif, a living breathing physical heart discovered beneath the ground. It could be viewed through the torn up floorboards, through a protective screen. A soundtrack of the beating heart could be heard around the space, born from the vibrations and sonic debris of the building itself.

The CD available separately expands upon these themes. It is a work that solely uses recordings made in Le Fresnoy without any intervention, no digital processing, altering or reconstructions. It as close to the voice of the building we can get at present.

In-Between attempts to heighten a public awareness of both the acoustic space around them as well as the very concept of the design itself, as well as creating a work that is socially relevant to the gallery space. In-Between will continue to raise questions about public space and how the sonic architecture plays a role in our response to any location.

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released May 5, 2011

Soundtrack to installation at Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France

Shown as part of Panorama 2011

Recorded and produced by Robin Rimbaud

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Scanner London, UK

Robin Rimbaud - Scanner is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998). His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. ... more

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