Scanner and Stephen Vitiello

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) and Stephen Vitiello’s sonic work investigates bodily experience and spatial practice.

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) and Stephen Vitiello’s residency investigates the spatial dimensions of sonic environments as a common territory in visual research, music and cognition. The artists traverse the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating genre-crossing sound pieces that use technology in unconventional ways and disrupt perceptions of the surrounding space. Through this residency, the ongoing investigations of space advanced by the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology are combined with cutting-edge aural research. 

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, concert production, installations and recordings. His albums include 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.

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His sound installations have been presented internationally including at MASS MoCA, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, the Cartier Foundation, Paris and in many public spaces. Vitiello is an Associate Professor in the department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) and Stephen Vitiello’s residency is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, Professor Gediminas Urbonas and the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. 

Learn more about Scanner (Robin Rimbaud). 

Learn more about Stephen Vitiello.

Presented by the Center for Art, Science & Technology and the MIT Program for Art, Culture and Technology.


Sonic Bodies May 16, 2014 
A performance by Scanner and Stephen Vitiello With guests David Shively (percussion) and Jennifer Choi (violin) of the Either/Or ensemble Digital visualizations by Madeleine Gallagher Scanner and Stephen Vitiello present the culmination of their research at MIT with a performance of immersive, spatialized sound. The program explores the resonance of the body by placing the audience within a group of speakers that shift and sculpt a sonic landscape. 

Artist Lecture and Demonstration With Scanner and Stephen Vitiello February 10, 2014


Class Visits
4.373 Advanced Studio in Production of Space: Sound Installation
February 10-15, 2014, Scanner + Vitiello
March 11-13, 2014, Vitiello
April 1-3, 2014, Scanner
May 12-17, 2014, Scanner + Vitiello

Resonating MIT 
The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) present Resonating MIT, the culmination of a semester-long interdisciplinary collaboration that deploys sonic interventions to amplify unexplored spatial atmospheres on MIT’s historic campus.

Featured Events
4.373 Advanced Studio in Production of Space: Sound Installation
Student Installations Live Performance
May 13, 2014

Featuring live performances and presentations of student projects in MIT’s Lobby 7, on the Green Building roof, at the MIT Media Lab, Walker Memorial Gym, and Stata Center. 4.373 Sound Installations and Sonic Interventions is lead by Professor Gediminas Urbonas and Teaching Assistant Ann Lui.

21M.351 Music Composition + Visiting Artists Either/Or ensemble
New Works by MIT Undergraduate Composers 
May 17, 2014
Performed by Either/Or Ensemble: Jennifer Choi, violin; Taka Kigawa, piano; Wendy Law, cello; David Shively, percussion
Works composed by students enrolled in 21M.351 Music Composition.
21M.351 Music Composition is lead by Keeril Makan, Associate Professor of Music.

The Resonating MIT project was initiated by Gediminas Urbonas, Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor for the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in collaboration with Professor Keeril Makan, MIT Music and Theater arts, and ACT Research Affiliate and Berklee professor Neil Leonard. Spring 2014 class 4.373 was also supported by SMArchS HTC candidate Ann Lui.

In the Media

Sound and Music: Toolkit Interview with Scanner

WFMU: Stephen Vitiello: A Musician in the Artworld 

The New York Times: Did You Hear That? It Was Art: Museums Embrace Works of Sound


Keeril Makan, Associate Professor of Music in Music and Theater Arts

Gediminas Urbonas, Associate Professor in the MIT Program for Art, Culture and Technology

Neil Leonard, ACT Research Affiliate and Artistic Director of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute


MIT News: Resonating MIT

SoundCloud: Sonic Bodies by Scanner and Stephen Vitiello

Photos: Sonic Bodies

Photos: Resonating MIT

Photos: Artist Presentations

Sonic Bodies