At once engineer, mad scientist and artist, Robert Henke’s influence on electronic music production methods, its performance in real-time, not to mention his other interdisciplinary productions qualifies as profound. He invents and builds his own software tools, instruments and installations. He can also be found lecturing and teaching in fields that are often without precedent. His own personal “sound” has taken many forms — from minimal techno and dub variations, to computer music investigations, drone and ambient, to a his latest sound — one that is inextricably bound up in lasers.
It was back in the mid-nineties when Henke formed Monolake with Gerhard Behles (co-creator of Ableton Live). At first associated with the reigning aesthetics of the Chain Reaction label, Henke evolved Monolake into a solo pursuit exploring many facets of electronic music’s syntax and sonic possibilities. A decade ago, and often with collaborators like Christopher Bauder or Tarik Barri, he developed a taste for installation: sound, video and multi-channel, interactive networked pieces, massive kinetic/mechanical ones and laser works — now at the heart of his artistic and technological practice. Lumière first premiered in 2013 as a precision controlled white laser performance, with custom software linking sonic and visual events in new and intriguing relationships. He’s been building on this unique audiovisual language ever since. Lumière II added colour and surround sound, more evocative sonic narrative and visual complexity. Lumière III continues to articulate the poetic and affecting correlations and bonds between data, frequencies and light, to dazzling sensorial effect.
Having presented Lumière in 2014, MUTEK is excited to share its third iteration, as part of a rare visit to North America for Robert Henke, as he is refusing to visit the U.S. in protest of the policies of the current government.
With the support of “Germany @ Canada 2017 – Partners from Immigration to Innovation”, a special cultural program presented by the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy highlighting the German-Canadian friendship in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial year.