PROPOSAL: Island Playback (2005).

A, UK, HR 2005, DV 4:3, colour, sound, 10 min looped to endless . The video piece ISLAND PLAYBACK approaches the unseizable of the natural world surrounding us by deciphering the coastline of a small anonymous island in the Mediterranean sea as if it was a consciously encoded trace. For this, photographs of the coastline taken from the air were fed into a virtual synthesiser and translated into a sound curve. The oscillations on film lead to a corresponding soundtrack – according to their vertical, horizontal and chromatic properties. The act of transposing picture into sound elements within the grammar of the moving image though equals a medial reinvention of the world. While the oscillations of its coastline move across the video screen, the island can acoustically replay itself as if put on a turntable – ISLAND PLAYBACK. (KM, 2005)
video – Katarina Matiasek
audio – Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner
pilot – Zlatko Erdec
plane – Piper Arrow 28
production – Rewalk, Croatia
mastering – Walter Rafelsberger
supported by – BKA Kunstsektion, Filmbuero Bremen e.V.
distribution – SixpackFilm, Vienna
Winner of the 13th Bremen Videoart Award




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, his restless explorations have won him international admiration. His work connects the points between a bewilderingly diverse array of genres – a partial list would include sound design, film scores, computer music, digital avant garde, contemporary composition, large-scale multimedia performances, product design, architecture, fashion design, rock music and jazz.He has performed and created works in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Tate Modern & Tate Britain London, Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, Kunsthalle Vienna, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Hanoi Opera House Vietnam and the Royal Opera House London. Scanner is committed to working with cutting edge practitioners and has collaborated with artists from every imaginable genre: musicians Bryan FerryRadiohead and Laurie AndersonThe Royal Ballet and Merce Cunningham,Wayne McGregor and Random Dance companies, fashion designers Hussein Chalayan and Shelley Fox, composers Michael Nyman and Luc Ferrari, and artists Steve McQueen, Mike KelleyDerek JarmanCarsten Nicolai and Miroslaw Balka.





In her photography and video work, Katarina Matiasek questions the relationship between image and reality, she investigates the structural connections between media and perception-based images and the cognitive operations that lead to the construction of our world. This approach also informs her free curatorial projects that typically engage the audience in a densely-layered decoding process.