Monday, November 9, 2009 @ Vox
Populi Gallery: Vox Populi Gallery, 319
N. 11th St. 3rd Floor, Philadelphia,
$5-10, 8pm. (map)
Sons of God (Sweden)
noise and performance Egnekn Montgomery (New York)
Lamination Rituals Joachim Nordwall (Sweden, member of Skull
by a panel discussion on KREV,
moderated by Thomas Bey
(author of "Micro
Bionic: Radical Electronic Music And Sound Art In The 21st Century")
Return appearance from these Swedish faves! If you missed Sons of
God last time they were in Philadelphia, or at the No Fun Festival, you
may have heard bemused and be-wondered tales of their theatrical,
ritualistic movements and scenes, set to bone-rattling noise. And
if you did catch them, you know just what kind
of miraculous transformations to expect. This time, Leif
Kent will be joined by two prominent citizens of the Royal Kingdoms of
Elgaland-Vargaland to present us the rites and rituals of their
foreign land, founded by Leif Elggren and CM von Hausswolff in 1992.
"The Kingdoms of
Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] were proclaimed in 1992 and consist of all
Border Territories: Geographical, Mental & Digital.
Elgaland-Vargaland is the largest – and most populous realm on Earth,
incorporating all boundaries between other nations as well as Digital
Territory and other states of existence. Every time you travel
somewhere, and every time you enter another form, such as the dream
state, you visit Elgaland-Vargaland."
For this special
diplomatic mission to Philadelphia, KREV founder and King Leif Elggren
and Minister of Revelations Kent Tankred will perform a miracle as Sons
of God. Rumor has it they may also be joined by Lary
7, KREV Minister of
Audiology and pilot of KREVAIR. They
will also bring us some of the paraphernalia of their native land to
show, possibly including applications for citizenship. Prepare to
doff your hats if the national
anthem of KREV is played
of its manyversions.
Also appearing is KREV Minister of Lamination Egnekn Montgomery, peforming lamination rituals (see
below) in honor of his countrymen.
KREV citizen and Skull Defekts member
Joachim Nordwall opens with a solo set of electronics.
*The evening will begin with a panel
discussion on KREV, hosted by author Thomas Bey William
Bailey. He tells us to expect "an intimate
discussion on the past, present, and future of Elgaland-Vargaland: how
has the project influenced the individual artworks of its respective
citizens, and vice versa? Why is its unique criticism of
prevailing power structures becoming more relevant in our
'post-everything' 21st century? What does one stand to gain by joining
the Elgaland-Vargaland citizenry? All these questions, and more, will
be answered by our panel of experts."
"A Lamination Ritual is a people-participatory activity and sonic
listening experience which stimulates the mind and body in-the-moment,
while producing an original, tangible, transformed personal object
which will last... almost forever.
A lamination station is set up with all the supplies needed. A form is
designed specific to the event. Contact microphones attached to the
laminator amplify the sound of lamination through loudspeakers facing
The public is invited to engage their imagination to embellish,
objectify and officialize the form by adding personal elements and
permanently sealing them with the laminator. Enhanced by The Sound of
Lamination, the process becomes ritualistic and the artist/laminator
takes away a documentation/souvenir of this heightened moment. The
Sound of Lamination creates a neurological memory to associate the
ritual with the "officialized" document/souvenir."
(Sons of God) field of activity can be described as an investigation of
a mental airspace, undertaken with the aid of unconventional tools. The
aural aspect is important, but equal care is devoted to the visual.
Guds söner is often augmented with supplementary performers who
then also influence the ideas and their expression.
Guds söner put themselves at the disposal of civil defence and
strive to imbue fortitude and courage.
(born 1950, Linköping, Sweden), is a Swedish 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 artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, he is a founder of
the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) where he enjoys the title of
Elggren spent five years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm,
specializing in drawing, design and bookprinting. In the late ‘70s he
began to associate with performance groups, meeting people like
Hausswolff and Thomas Liljenberg. With the latter he formed Firework in
1978, a duo that put up exhibitions and performances. Around the same
time he purchased a press and started to publish art books.
In 1988 he formed the duo Guds Söner (The Sons of God) with Kent
Tankred, whom he had met four years earlier. The duo excels in creating
long, puzzling stage performances that give equal roles to physical
action (or inaction) and soundtrack (live or taped) with themes such as
violence, love, the quotidian, food and royalty.
Elggren released his first 7" records in 1982 and 1984 on Hausswolff's
label Radium. A first solo LP, Flown Over by an Old King, came out in
1988. The inception of Firework Edition in 1996 allowed Elggren to
release more of his music and the growing popularity of installation
art in avant-garde music circles (thanks to its ties with experimental
electronica) has given his work more international exposure since the
late ‘90s. Other key solo works include Talking to a Dead Queen (1996)
and Pluralis Majestatis (2000).
Together with Hausswolff, Elggren represented Sweden in the Nordic
Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2001 (with Tommi Grönlund and
Petteri Nisunen from Finland and Anders Tomren from Norway).
In 2007 he appeared (with John Duncan) at the Netmage festival in
Bologna organized by xing and executed "Something Like Seeing in the
Ken Montgomery (b. 1957) is a sound artist living and working in
New York since 1978.
Without formal training in music and art, Montgomery has been deeply
involved in the experimental music and art scene in New York City and
abroad. With roots in Mail Art and cassette culture networking,
Montgomery has been involved internationally as a sound artist and as a
presenter of sound art.
As an artist Gen Ken Montgomery¹s sound works have been heard on
tape, vinyl and CD. He has composed sound for film, video, theater and
installations. He has performed solo and collaborated with many other
artists. Of special interest has been the creation and presentation of
multi-channel sound works performed or exhibited in total darkness.
Whether as an artist or as a presenter, Montgomery¹s greatest
inspiration has been the creation of spaces for listening.
As a producer, Montgomery was one of the original founders of
Generations Unlimited and the Pogus Productions labels of experimental
music, and in 1989, founded Generator, the first sound art gallery in
New York City. Montgomery has been a guest curator and has assisted
other curators for a variety of projects specializing in sound art and
experimental music. Presently he co-directs Generator Sound Art Inc., a
resource for sound art.
Montgomery has been selected for Artist Residencies at SpritzenHaus in
Hamburg, Germany and Harvestworks Studio P.A.S.S. in New York City. He
was the recipient of Experimental Television Center¹s Finishing
Funds grant in 2001, Media Alliance Sound Art Fellowship in 2000, and
The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts grant in 1992. He has
performed in solo concerts and collaborations at The Whitney Museum,
Roulette, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, The Kitchen, and P.S.
122, among others.
Current member of
The Skull Defekts (w/Henrik Rylander, Jean-Louis Huhta & Daniel
Alvars Orkester (w/ Jan Svensson).
Death Dub (w/BJNilsen).
Oceans of Silver & Blood (w/Mark Wastell)
Performed and recorded with Mark Wastell, Leif Elggren, Audio
Laboratory, Frans de Waard, Mika Vainio, Sewer Election, The Sons of
God and others, and is leading the iDEAL Organisation since 1998.
Ex-member of Kid Commando.
Published by Touch Music.
Bey William Bailey is a multi-disciplinary artist and cultural
researcher, whose work has manifested itself as books, articles, music
releases, sound installations, experimental radio shows, and completely
undocumented or personal creative actions / interventions. He has lived
and worked in Japan, Central Europe, and Chicago, struggling to
overcome the psychic fatigue which is unique to our 21st century
congestion culture. His work critiques and frames this culture by
avoiding the obvious, easily perceptible middle ground and instead
focusing on 'micro' and 'macro' aspects of lived experience in an
information-saturated epoch. To this end, Bailey's work tends towards
either 'atomizing' life (e.g. making recordings of asthmatic breath and
incomprehensible sleep-talking, strobing videos limited to only a
couple visual elements) or illuminating its hyper-complexity with
intense noise, etc. It is a celebration of 'life before death' and a
valuation of intimate exploratory nature above mass technological
progress. Many of these ideas are further fleshed out in Bailey's first
book-length survey of his influences and allies,"Micro Bionic",
published 2009 on Creation Books.