Jun 21, 2020
I try not to reveal my super-fandom very often, but Robin Rimbaud (aka Skanner) maps to a critical time in my life. Back when he was putting out the early Scanner stuff, my ears were opening to more adventurous electronic work, and his efforts slammed directly into my interests. I've been a fan ever since, and was blown away to get to talk with him.
And what a great conversation - we cover everything from his background (of course) to details on working on the Vex project - a site-specific work done in conjunction with an architect. Combining that we discussions about the surveillance state, the value of literature in an artist's life, and making a career without surrounding yourself with managers, agents and publicists - we were all over the map, but in a good way.
If you aren't familiar with Robin's work - well, I'm not sure what to say about that. But you should be. You can check it out, as well as his ongoing stream-of-consciousness blogging, on his website: http://scannerdot.com/. This is a great jumping off point for all sorts of interesting parts of his different practices as well as his quirky view of the world.
If you haven't guessed, this is probably my favorite interview ever. So I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!