Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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Carl Michael von Hausswolff


C.M. von Hausswolff (born 1956) is one of Sweden’s foremost contemporary experimentalists in electronic music and visual arts. His range of activities includes everything from composing, installations and performances to curating exhibitions and running his own record label, Origin.

Von Hausswolff also reigns as one of the two kings in Elgaland-Vargaland, the virtual state he founded with Leif Elggren a decade ago. Its domain consists of the no-man’s-lands in between actual countries - their digital and mental spaces. This kingdom already boasts some 600 citizens, its own flags, national anthems, and embassies all over the globe.

With his sound recordings von Hausswolff documents the immaterial qualities of physical phenomena and their spatial effects. For instance, he might record the sounds emanating from the electrical systems of buildings or radio frequencies in the air, in order to exhibit them either aurally or visually. For the Kiasma presentation, he will prepare a dose of his simplified, meditative noise.

In essence, von Hausswolff challenges our conventions of aural experience by making everyday background noise and interference into soundscapes that are as much fascinating as they are disquieting.

Saturday 23.11.2002 - Kiasma Theatre
20:00 - Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Andrehn-Schiptjenko gallery
Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren’s Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV)