[spectre] Berlin April 27th at Liebig12: John Duncan and Carl
Michael von Hausswolff
manuela.benetton at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 15:05:24 CEST 2012
With apologies for cross-posting
*A conversation with artists and composers John Duncan and Carl Michael von
Friday, April 27th at 7 pm
Liebigstrasse 12 Berlin - Friedrichshain
John Duncan and Carl Michael von Hausswolff will be presenting a selection
of their video works followed by a discussion with the audience.
*ELECTRA, TEXAS 2008 *
Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Thomas Nordanstad - 24:44 min.
Electra is a small, sleepy town with an almost deserted town center, yet
around it the pumpjacks are bringing up the last remaining drops of black
gold in the area. The procedure is the same as in the heydays, before the
depression, when more than 5000 wells and pumpjacks going up and down could
be seen in the fields. Shot in the north of Texas close to the Red River,
in a long, panoramic shots and edited with a slow, bluesy soundtrack,
Electra, Texas 2008, completes a cycle of three individual films “Hashima,
Japan, 2002” and “Al Qasr, Bahriyah Oasis, Egypt 2005”, result of the
collaboration between the artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff and the
filmmaker Thomas Nordanstad. Over the last decade von Hausswolff and
Nordanstad have been collaborating on a series of films documenting post
industrial locations, places that were once looked upon as glorious
examples of mans ability to develop earths natural recourses. Today these
same sites appear as ghost towns, exploited and drained of the wealth that
once surrounded them.
We believe that there is a beauty in just watching life take place. We try
to let the time in the scenes we shoot act as a metaphor for time passing
also in the viewers contemplation, and we hope to make these kind of
“documentary films” as tributes to the people who were and still are
creating these societies. CM von Hausswolff
*THE GARDEN *
John Duncan and Valerio Tricoli 2006 - 20 min.
Produced by John Duncan
The Garden is based on the audio installation with Valerio Tricoli which
was included in the 2006 edition of Eco e Narciso held at the IPCA
Ecomuseum in the province of Turin, a deserted factory complex once
infamous for production methods that directly caused the deaths of several
thousand workers as well as hundreds of residents of the surrounding area.
The town of Cirié acquired the ex IPCA Interchim site and undertook the
difficult task of reclaiming and reconstructing the area, without however
obliterating the historical memory of the site. On the contrary, steps
where taken to ensure that it was turned into a place for remembrance,
admonition and monitoring, in order to never let people go to work unaware
of going daily towards their deaths.
*DREAM HOUSE -- RAGE ROOM*
John Duncan 2010 - 12:54 min.
Produced by Gallery Niklas Belenius
Making-of video for the installation shown at Gallery Niklas Belenius,
Stockholm. RAGE ROOM, part of the DREAM HOUSE, is designed to embody or
evoke a particular state of consciousness, set in an area of the building
that corresponds to its known or suspected location in the brain.
*Carl Michael von Hausswolff *was born in 1956 in Linköping, Sweden. He
lives and works in Stockholm. Since the end of the 1970s, Hausswolff has
worked as a composer using the tape recorder as his main instrument and as
a conceptual visual artist working with performance art, light- and sound
installations and photography. He has shown work in the biennials of
Venice, Moscow, Istanbul, Santa Fe and Liverpool as well as in other
places. His music has been performed at festivals such as Sonar, Ars
Electronica and Stockholm Electronic Music Festival and has been released
on by labels such as Ash International, Errant Bodies, Laton and
RasterNoton. He is the curator of FREQ_OUT which has been shown in Paris,
Berlin, Copenhagen, Chiangmai, Oslo, Budapest and Kortrijk. He is a long
time collaborator with Leif Elggren on the project "Elgaland-Vargaland".
*John Duncan* was born in the United States, currently lives and works in
Bologna. His studio releases THE CRACKLING (1996 with Max Springer), TAP
INTERNAL (2000), PALACE OF MIND (2001 with Giuliana Stefani), FRESH (2002
with Zeitkratzer), THE KEENING TOWERS (2003), PHANTOM BROADCAST (2004) and
NINE SUGGESTIONS (2005 with Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen) are all
considered by critics and composers alike to be benchmarks in the field of
experimental sounds and contemporary music. John Duncan portrays his work
as a catalyst, inciting a transmission of energy through which he seeks to
compel the audience to actively participate in the process of investigation
and self-discovery. His lengthy career of electroacoustic intensity and
confrontational performance art events is the result of rigorous
investigations into a number of arcane, metaphysical, and at times
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