Robert Henke

Sunday, January 29 2017. I decided that travelling to the U.S. in my profession as performing artist has to be suspended.

I enjoyed the United States for its cultural and social diversity, as a melting pot of different races, opinions and beliefs. For more than two decades I have given concerts, workshops, and talks, and I was invited as artist in residence at Stanford's computer music department. Just now I was in the middle of preparing and planing for upcoming performances. But the current government is massively propelling an atmosphere of hate and fear, which is very much against my own values. Moreover, by applying severe travel restrictions to whole countries, that government - in my personal opinion - is destroying a big part of what made the U.S. the nation which I've admired. As long as scientists, doctors, students, artists, film makers, refugees and many others cannot enter the U.S. anymore simply because they were born in the wrong country, I don't want to have the privilege to be allowed in. My decision to not apply for a U.S. visa again in the current political climate is a personal act of solidarity with those who have no choice.

L U M I E R E - I I I

Third iteration of laser based concert piece. More ...
Apr 12 BE Bruges Lumière III Concertgebouw [link]
May 12 DE Berlin Lumière III .
Jun 30 DE Munich Lumière III .
Aug 3 NL Amsterdam Lumière III Dekmantel [link]
Aug 23 . . Lumière III .


New laser based installation: 120 meters of thin fabric are suspended from the ceiling to form a curved curtain. Four lasers in the corners of the room project lines onto it. The curtain's shape has been calculated using the mathematical principle of spline interpolation. More ...
Mar 29 - Apr 2 CH Bern Spline Dampfzentrale [link]


In-depth interview with Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke about Ableton. More ...

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

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. In surround and without visuals. More...

Apr 01 NL Eindhoven Monolake VLSI Surround STRP [link]
May 20 . . Monolake VLSI Surround .
June 10 DE . Monolake VLSI Surround .

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...


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...

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...

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]