Woman with Head (ORLAN)

by Scanner

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A soundtrack for a live performance by the French artist ORLAN at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1996.

I had met ORLAN a number of times, at different cyber culture conferences and forums about the future of art and music. Back in the mid 1990s no-one had any idea of how this Internet 'thing' might prove to work out, and there were countless conferences and panel discussions about the potential of using it for artistic purposes.

She invited me to create this soundtrack for her show at the ICA in 1996. It begins in a very abstract and textural way and builds into a more harmonic and blissful experience, to mirror the development in the show itself.

It has never been released or heard since 1996


ORLAN is a contemporary French artist known for the radical act of changing her appearance with plastic surgery in the name of art. Similar to the self-portraits of Cindy Sherman, ORLAN uses her face and body as malleable tools for shifting identities. ORLAN began using cosmetic surgery in the early 1990s, and had her cheekbones, brows, and lips altered. In 2018, the artist was ordered to pay Lady Gaga and Universal Music Group a total of $18,000 in courts fees, after losing her appeal in an intellectual property infringement lawsuit against the pop star. Today, her works are held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.


released March 28, 2020

Written, performed and produced by Robin Rimbaud
Premiere ICA London 1996


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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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