LEIF ELGGREN + CM VON HAUSSWOLFF at the Swedenborg Chapel, May 25, 2013

Photo credit: Annika von Hausswolff

Non-Event presents

(2 solo sets, 1 Duo Set)

Swedenborg Chapel
50 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square)
8 p.m. (Doors: 7:30)
Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door, Students $15 with ID


LEIF ELGGREN was born in Linköping and is an artist who lives and works in Stockholm. Active since the late 1970s, Leif Elggren has become one of the most constantly surprising conceptual artists to work in the combined worlds of audio and visual. A writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer, he has many albums to his credits, solo and with the Sons of God, on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and his own Firework Edition. His music, often conceived as the soundtrack to a visual installation or experimental stage performance, usually presents carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. His wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and events taking on the quality of icons.

Together with Carl Michael von Hausswolff, he is a founder of the conceptual artwork The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) where both he and Hausswolff enjoy the title of King. This is his second performance with Non-Event. The first was a brilliant performance as part of Sons of God at MassArt in 2009.

CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF was born in 1956 in Linköping, Sweden. He lives and works in Stockholm and Palma (Majorca). Since the end of the 1970s, Hausswolff has worked as a composer using sound recorders as his main instruments and as a conceptual visual artist working with performance art, light- and sound installations, film, and photography.

His audio compositions from 1979 to 1992, constructed almost exclusively from basic material taken from earlier audiovisual installations and performance works, consists essentially of complex macromal drones with a surface of aesthetic elegance and beauty. In later works, Hausswolff has retained the aesthetic elegance and the drone and added a purely isolationistic sonic condition to composing. Between 1996 and 2008 Hausswolff has boiled away even more ornamental meat from the bones: his works are pure, intuitive studies of electricity, frequency functions and tonal autism within the framework of a conceptual stringent cryption. Lately he has also developed a more conceptual form of audio art overlooking subjects such as architecture and urbanism, rats, and maggots. Collaborators include Graham Lewis, Jean-Louis Huhta, Pan sonic, Russell Haswell, Thomas Nordastad, Jan Håfstöm, and John Duncan. His music and sound art can be found on record labels such as Ash International, Laton, Oral, Raster-Noton, Firework Edition, SubRosa, Die Stadt, Touch and iDeal. Hausswolff is also the instigator and curator of the collective sound installation FREQ_OUT installed in various places including Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. This will be his first performance in Boston since 1990.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, WZBC, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.