[ 21. April 2012 ]

BERLIN – April 27th at Liebig12: A conversation with artists and composers John Duncan and Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Von: Manuela Benetton
Datum: 18. April 2012 20:15:46 MESZ
Betreff: Berlin, April 27th at Liebig12: A conversation with artists
and composers John Duncan and Carl Michael von Hausswolff

LIEBIG12 presents:

A conversation with artists and composers John Duncan and Carl Michael
von Hausswolff

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


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

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 former 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.

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

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“.
Filmmaker Thomas Nordanstad have directed features, documentaries and
short films since 1999. His films include „Painting Pol Pot“ (2000),
„Anastasia in Love“ (2004), „Snow White and the Ambassador“ and the
feature „Going Astray“ (2006-7). His films have been selected for
festivals such as IDFA, Amsterdam, Raindance, Docurama, Documenta, and
have been aired on TV in several countries. He lives in Stockholm and
Bangkok, Thailand.

John Duncan was born in the United States in 1953, has lived and
worked in Tokyo and Amsterdam and currently resides in Bologna where
he teaches audio art at the Accademia delle Belle Arti. His events and
installations have recently been held at Färgfabriken and Gallery
Niklas Belenius in Stockholm, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, XSNOSA in
Palermo, Netmage 7 in Bologna, PX2 and PX3 in Piombino, O’Artoteca in
Milan, Atlantic Waves in London, The Institute of Contemporary Art
(ICA) in Boston, Eco e Narciso in Turin, MUTEK in Montreal, The
Compound in San Francisco, Teatro Fondamenta Nuova in Venice, Teatro
Piccolo Jovinelli in Rome, the Noorlands Operan in Umeå, Fylkingen in
Stockholm, the 2nd Gothenburg Biennial and Galleria Enrico Fornello in
Prato. He has performed with Musica Nova in Tel Aviv and Zeitkratzer
in Berlin, directing these ensembles in live events. His CD releases
THE CRACKLING (1996 with Max Springer), TAP INTERNAL (2000), PALACE of
MIND (2001 with Giuliana Stefani), FRESH (2002 with Zeitkratzer),
(2003) and NINE SUGGESTIONS (2005 with Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen,
a.k.a. Pan Sonic) are all considered by critics and composers alike to
be benchmarks in the field of experimental music. His work in radio,
video and performance has been shown recently at the Getty Center
(Evidence of Movement and California Video) as well as the Museum of
Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles (Out of Actions:Between
Performance and its Objects, 1998); the Osterreichisches Museum für
Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna; Museu d’Arte Contemporani, Barcelona
(MACBA); and Museum of Tokyo (MOT).