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Carl Michael Von Hausswolff

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Carl Michael Von Hausswolff (born 1956 in Linköping) is a composer, visual artist and curator based in Stockholm, Sweden. His main tools are recording devices (camera, tape deck, radar, sonar) used in an ongoing investigation of electricity, frequency, architectural space and paranormal electronic interference. Major exhibitions include documenta X (1997), the Johannesburg Biennial (1997), Sound Art - Sound as Media at ICC in Tokyo (2000), the Venice Biennale (2001, 2003 and 2005) and Portikus, Frankfurt (2004). Hausswolff received a Prix Ars Electronica award for Digital Musics in 2002.

He is an expert in the work of Friedrich Jürgenson, an electronic voice phenomena (EVP) researcher who claimed to have detected voices of the dead hidden in radio static. Hausswolff’s own sound works are pure, intuitive studies of electricity, frequency and tone. Collaborators include Erik Pauser, with whom he worked as Phauss (1981-1993), Leif Elggren and John Duncan.

Hausswolff is co-monarch (with Elggren) of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV), all areas of no-man’s land, territories between national boundaries on both land and sea, digital and mental spaces. This nation has its own national anthem, flag, coat of arms, currency, citizens and ministers.

Some of his audio works include “The Wonderful World of Male Intuition” (Oral), “There Are No Crows Flying around the Hancock Building” (Lampo), “Rats” and “Maggots” (both on Laton), “Three Overpopulated Cities …

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