Robert Henke





L U M I E R E

The beauty of Lumière is rooted in the contrast between raw power and complex, intricate movement; it manifests itself in the extremes it explores. Archaic moments of light and darkness, paired with massive sonic events, provide a counterpoint to slow, deep and ephemeral ballets of laser beams and soundscapes in surround. More ...
Feb 16 GB London LUMIERE III PREMIERE Barbican Concert Hall [link]
Apr 05 DE Munich Lumière III tbc




D E E P - W E B

Deep Web is a performative installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke using 12 high precision lasers and a matrix of 175 moving balloons to create a dramatic three dimensional sculpture floating in space above the audience. The choreography is synced to a musical score played back in 8 channel surround sound. More...

Dec 08 - 10 FR Lyon Deep Web Fete des Lumieres [link]




M O N O L A K E - S U R R O U N D

Monolake Live Surround is an improvised, spontaneous, live performance in the spirit of Berlin Techno, paired with influences ranging from academic computer music to UK dubstep, from classical minimal music to drone and noise. Experience an ongoing exploration of sound, shape and structure. More...

Feb 03 DE Berlin Monolake Surround Berghain Main Floor [link]




F A L L

Fall installation: Centred in the room is a wide cubic structure, suspended from the ceiling, consisting of 180 squares of thin fabric. The distribution of the squares has been chosen via a random algorithm. Lasers draw fluctuating and ephemeral shapes of light above the heads of the visitors, illuminating the structure and the walls behind it, floating through it like water. The light touches the object, plays with its geometry, making its fragmentary nature even more evident. Vivid colours are contrasted with pure white, bright narrow beams with near darkness. Strict geometry is paired with perfect curvatures, fast motion with nearly frozen states. More...

Mar 29 - Apr 3 CH Bern Fall Dampfzentrale




M O N O L A K E : V L S I

Monolake's 2016 album V L S I is sonic archeology. Tiny artefacts of early digital instruments have been carefully excavated and brought to new light. What was once perceived as limitation and dirt can now be experienced as character, colour and patina. The interaction with these machines guided a minimalist and structural approach to sound and rhythm, expanded and re-contextualised into a futuristic soundtrack, utilising the recording technology of today. The result is inspired by early techno, UK breakbeat and dubstep, african dance rhythms, future glitch, ambient and a variety of amazing academic computer music. More...




F R A G I L E - T E R R I T O R I E S

Fragile Territories, laser installation ( 2012, revised version 2016 ) Powerful white laser beams draw a floating object on a wall, slowly evolving shapes, edges and curves of shimmering, pulsating light. Sometimes the shapes are barely visible, sometimes they explode into extreme brightness, controlled by a constantly morphing algorithm. Sounds - transformed recordings of a low piano keys and tiny high pitched mechanical noises - fill the room, partially in sync with the visual aspects and partially departing from there. More...



D E S T R U C T I V E - O B S E R V A T I O N - F I E L D

Destructive Oberservation Field, laser installation ( 2014 ). Super powerful multicolor laser heats up black sheet of plastic, which starts to melt and erode. The reflection of the light from it is stunningly beatiful and highly unpredictable. The process responsible for the creation of the image also destroys it, the plastic becomes blurry and blind after a while. More...