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Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956) 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 Manifesta (1996), 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.

Von Hausswolff was born in Linköping. He is an expert in the work of Friedrich Jürgenson, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) a 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 (artist). He also collaborates with EVP researcher Michael Esposito, film maker Thomas Nordanstad and with Graham Lewis (Wire) and Jean-Louis Huhta in the band OSCID.

Hausswolff is co-monarch (with Elggren) of the conceptual art project 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.

Recent audio works include "800 000 Seconds In Harar" (Touch), "Matter Transfer" (iDeal), "The Wonderful World of Male Intuition" (Oral), "There Are No Crows Flying around the Hancock Building" (Lampo), "Rats", "Maggots" and "Bugs" (all three on Laton), "Three Overpopulated Cities ..." (Sub Rosa), "A Lecture on Disturbances in Architecture" (Firework Editions) and "Ström" and "Leech" (both on Raster-Noton).

Other visual works include "Red Pool" (Cities on the Move, Bangkok, 1999), "Red Night" (SITE Santa Fe, 1999), "Red Code" (CCA Kitakyushu, 2001), "Red Empty" (Lampo/WhiteWalls, Chicago, 2003) and "Red Mersey" (Liverpool Biennial, 2004).

He is also the curator and producer of the sound-installation "freq out" shown at Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Henie-Onstad Center (Oslo), Sonambiente (Berlin) and other places.

Around the year 1986, he formed the Swedish independent label Radium 226.05 and in 1990 he formed the label Anckarström.

In 2012 he was heavily criticized for allegedly using ashes of Holocaust victims from the Majdanek concentration camp and using them in a painting. As of Dec. 12, 2012 the Martin Bryder Gallery in Lund had pulled the painting from exhibition.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Rays of Beauty Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
1997 As Quiet as a Campfire or Analogue Motoric and Electro-Magnetic Silence Disturbed by Intuitive Slumber / Mingling or Dodekaphonic Drones Interfered by Known and Unknown Digital Phenomena Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
1997 To Make Things Happen in the Bunker Via the Micro Way Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
1998 Basic Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2000 Operations of Spirit Communication Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2001 Ström Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2002 A Lecture on Disturbances in Architecture Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2004 Three Overpopulated Cities Built by Short-Sighted Planners, an Unbalanced and Quite Dangerous Airport and an Abandoned Church Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2005 There Are No Crows Flying Around the Hancock Building Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2006 Leech Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2006 The Wonderful World of Male Intuition Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2006 Our Telluric Conversation John Duncan & Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2011 800 000 Seconds in Harar CM von Hausswolff 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 The Ghosts of Effingham Michael Esposito & Carl Michael von Hausswolff 2

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Rats / Råttor Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1
2006 Maggots / Maskar Carl Michael von Hausswolff 1

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