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Stil i P1."Freuds divan har blivit en av världens mest kända, och mytomspunna, möbler. Konstnären Leif Elggren har inte legat på den, men UNDER den. Varför? Det berättar han om i veckans program." More information and listen to the radio programme here.
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2 SOLO SHOWS. PLATSEN KANTAD AV SOLFLÄCKAR: Marja-leena Sillanpää. PRECIS PÅ DEN PLATS DÄR SIFFRORNA BYTER NAMN: Leif Elggren. MARTIN BRYDER GALLERY. Nygatan 12, Lund, Sweden. 15 februari – 2 mars 2014. More information here. Reflektion av Janet Svensson here.
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2013 Year-in-Review: Podcast 1. The first in a series of special year-in-review podcasts featuring music (including unreleased, rare, and forthcoming material) by artists who performed at Non-Event concerts, Boston, in 2013. More information here.
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Radio interview by Anne Gillot.
A l'écoute: "Emission spéciale". Schizophonies. En partenariat avec le Lausanne Underground Film Festival (LUFF), "Le labo" et "Musique d'avenir" s’associent pour deux Nuits de l’écoute les 13 et 27 octobre 2013 sur Espace 2 avec la création d’une installation sonore présentée pendant le festival. More information here.
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Vernissage du livre de Leif Elggren le jeudi 17 octobre 2013 à 22 heures au LUFF, Casino de Montbenon, Lausanne. UN PEU COMME VOIR DANS LA NUIT et autres textes. Edité et traduit de l’anglais par Lionel Bize, Laura Daengeli, Christian Indermuhle, Christine Ritter et Thibault Walter. Langue originale: Anglais. 148 pages • 14,8 x 20,2 cm. Van Dieren Editeur, Paris. Collection Rip on/off. More information here and here. In collaboration with LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film Festival).
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Photo: Gustav Hallmer. A Dormitory for Celebrities. 22.08-29.09.2013. Solo exhibition by LE at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm. More information here.

 

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Leif Elggren & Emanuel Swendenborg live at Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 17.10.2013. Video by Moju. More information here and here and here.
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Photo: Francisco Meirino. MOVEMENTS IN THE DUST. Solo Exhibition by LE. Curated by Francisco Meirino. October 19 - November 3, 2013. Opening, Reception & Performance: Saturday, October 19, 2-6 pm. Galerie Standard / Deluxe, Rue St. Martin 38, Lausanne, Switzerland. More information here and here. In collaboration with LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film Festival).
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IS THERE A SMELL ON THE OTHER SIDE?. Solo Exhibition by LE. October 5 - October 25, 2013. Curated by Daniel Löwenbrück. Opening, Reception & Performance: Saturday, October 5, 6-9 pm. Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik), Am Treptower Park 17, 12435 Berlin. More information here.
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Photo: Laura Fusato. DANIEL LÖWENBRÜCK & LEIF ELGGREN Sept 21st 2013 22:00 at NK, Elsenstr. 52/2.Hinterhaus Etage 2, 12059 Berlin Neukölln. More information here and here and here.
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AT THE MOMENT OF BEING HEARD. 28 Jun-8 Sep 2013, South London Gallery and local venues. Curated by Simon Parris. This group exhibition includes works by: crys cole / Leif Elggren / Rolf Julius / Eli Keszler / Baudouin Oosterlynck / Reiner Ruthenbeck. Performances, special events and installations:
Oren Ambarchi / Tom White / Tetsuya Umeda / Baudouin Oosterlynck / La Cellule d'Intervention Metamkine / The Woodmill / Junko Wada, Miki Yui and Rie Nakajima / Henning Christiansen / Barby Asante / Marina Rosenfeld / Marginal Consort. At the moment of being heard brings together works and performances by a group of international artists, musicians and composers engaging with sound and modes of listening. Installed throughout the galleries and connecting spaces, the exhibition is presented in parallel with a series of live performances and special events, both at the SLG and at nearby off-site venues as part of SLG Local. More information here.   
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The Worried Ones Live at Le 64. Recorded at Le 64 in Paris on February 16, 2011 by Jean-Jacques Palix and Eric Maurin. Mixed by Jean-Jacques Palix, with slight additional work by The Worried Ones, and mastered at EMS studios in Stockholm. Jean-Philippe Antoine, Leif Elggren. Box with 7 prints and a CD. More information: Firework Edition Records here and Norrmalms Kartongfabrik here and Beyond The Coda here.
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Infinity Plus One For Henning Christiansen, a sound installation (and a memorial space) by LE as a part of "The Hammer Without a Master: Henning Christiansen's archive", 22.6 - 11.8. 2013, Kunsthal 44 Møen, Denmark. A festival and exhibition of new composition and visual art in a newly acquired building beside the Kunsthal's main gallery. Hammer Without a Master responds to the compositional works of Danish Fluxus artist and composer Henning Christiansen, inaugurating the new building as the future summer residency house for young composers, curators and artists as well as permanent home of the Henning Christiansen Archive. Curated by Chiara Giovando, the exhibition invites eleven sound artists and composers to create several site-specific works and two newly commissioned compositions that will launch the future site of Fluxus artist and composer Henning Christiansen's archive. More information here.
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Sleep Disorders. Lundi 24 juin 2013, à partir de 18h30, avec: Marc Bauer, Romain Bernini, Barbara Breitenfellner, Leif Elggren, Agnès Geoffray, Natacha Lesueur, Myriam Mechita, Marion Auburtin, Benjamin L. Aman. Cité Internationale des Arts (Montmartre), 24, rue Norvins, 75018 Paris. More information here.
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Photo: Mike Bullock. Non-Event presents: Secrets of Heaven by LEIF ELGGREN + CM VON HAUSSWOLFF
 (2 solo sets, 1 Duo Set) at the Swedenborg Chapel, 50 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, (Harvard Square), 8 p.m. (Doors: 7:30). Curated by Susanna Bolle. More information here and more photos here and a video clip here.
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Aufabwegen presents: 18. & 19.05.2013, 17.30 - 20.00h. Moers festival 2013. Concerts in the dark: Energy! 20 minute live performances in total darkness by: LEIF ELGGREN (S/KREV), KALLABRIS (D), GIANCARLO TONIUTTI (IT), KASSEL JAEGER (F), PRSZR (AT/PL) at: Studio of Schlosstheater Moers, Kastell 6, 47441 Moers, Germany. More information here.
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16.05.2013, 20.30h, reihe M, The Swedish Scene, live: THE SONS OF GOD (Leif Elggren + Kent Tankred), SEWER ELECTION, DAG ROSENQVIST, RONNIE SUNDIN plays RUNE LINDBLAD at Stadtgarten, Venloer Str. 40, 50672 Cologne, Germany. More information here, and at www.reihe-m.de and also at www.stadtgarten.de
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Photo: Andrea Beeman. The MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival is a weekend-long event dedicated to the art of sound. Artists including documentarians, technologists, musicians, educators, urban planners, scientists, radio producers, and fans interact to share secrets on producing and presenting challenging audio works online, on-air, and on the stage. MegaFest 3 in New York City, April 19-21, 2013, with our headquarters at the New School, starting at 2pm on 4/19, at our registration desk @ 66 West 12th St. All in one breath. More information here.
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Photo: Chaz Miller.

Photo: Anthony Elms. Performers: Anastasia Ax, Marja-leena Sillanpää, Lars Siltberg, Erin Leland, LE, Philip von Zweck. Performance: Leif Elggren "That Little Idiot Telling Truth" April 17, 2013. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Experience a rare stateside sound performance by the renowned artist, writer, and musician Leif Elggren. Based in Sweden, Elggren enjoys the title of King of Elgaland-Vargaland. His photographs are currently on view in the exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart." February 6-July 28, 2013. Curated by Anthony Elms. More information here and here.
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Yellow Jacket. Exposition: ILIOS (GR) - LEIF ELGGREN (SE) - PHILIPPE DAERENDINGER (CH) April 11-May 26, Oslo10, Münchenstein (Basel), Switzerland. More information here.
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Stream of Unconscious Vol. 9, 2013, SUT-13.9. Ltd. Ed. C90 Chrome Cassette. Published by: Stand-Up Tragedy Records. Vocals by Bryan Lewis Saunders. Music by Leif Elggren and John Moloney. Art and Design by Alice Salyer. Edition of 80. Comes with 6 page booklet of text. 1 - Leif Elggren "Double Sleep" - 45:00. 2 - John Moloney "Pyro" - 30:30. More information here and here.
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THE ROCKING CHAIR, Edgar Allan Poe & Leif Elggren (flexi disc, Firework Edition Records ). Featuring “The Metaphilosophy Of Furniture”, a text insert by Michael Esposito. Featuring “Uptown”, a text insert by Jonas Ellerström. This recording was done on the 29th of April 2012 at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Poe Park, East Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, USA. What you hear on the recording is Poe’s original rocking chair rocking. Released January 29, 2012 at Järnvägsrestaurangen Östra Station, Stockholm together with "bring new life to 33 of them" (flexi disc, Phantom Archive, USA) by Marja-leena Sillanpää.
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TABLE. A wounded table-top as a part of: I en kombination av utställning, konsert- och videoserie, performance, arkiv och seminarier har den göteborgsbaserade konstellationen The Marble Fauns, det vill säga Isak Eldh och Magnus Haglund, skapat föreställningen The David Bowie Museum som äger rum på Skogen i Göteborg 8-17 februari 2013. More information here
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White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Public Opening: February 6, 6-8pm, Through July 28, 2013. Hilton Als; Lynda Benglis; Bernadette Corporation; Genesis Breyer P-Orridge; Dexter Sinister with Halmos (Erik VVysocan); Leif Elggren; Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven; Karen Kilimnik; Irena Knezevic; Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin; Erin Leland; Zoe Leonard; Wardell Milan; Paulina Olowska; Seth Price; Rammellzee; Nick Relph; Carissa Rodriguez; Aura Rosenberg, John Miller & Frank Lutz; Nader Sadek; Frances Stark; Catherine Sullivan; Scott Treleaven; Amy Yao (Amy Amy Yow). More information here
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Pataphysics Magazine. "To talk through one’s nightcap", a text by LE published by Yanni Florence. in the Pataphysics Magazine.
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Francisco Meirino & LE live at Oblo, Lausanne 11.11.12. Video by Moju. More information here
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LE performs "Under The Bed" live at Standard/De Luxe Gallery, Lausanne 10.11.12. Video by Moju. More information here
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Lampo Folio No.3. Leif Elggren "It Is Said That No Queen Is A Queen" Nov 14-19 2011. Graphic design by Alisa Wolfson. Edited by Andrew Fenchel. During a week-long Chicago visit, Swedish artist LE created a notebook of drawings and refined his text-sound work, "It Is Said That No Queen Is A Queen". At Lampo he performed this piece and others, including an improvisation for twin hair clippers jammed with saw blades. Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. More information here
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Robert & Leopold: Leif Elggren – SLEEPWALKING. C30 Cassette (R&L035). Edition of 100. More information here
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Antifrost, Voice Tapes Series vol.2: Leif Elggren - WE ARE BORN TO BECOME ANGELS (a work in progress). 36'. Cassette (afro2046). Edition of 50. More information here
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Photo: Zoë Valls. "That Little Idiot" - a performance by Daniel Löwenbrück and LE.
EXTREME RITUALS - A SCHIMPFLUCH CARNIVAL. A festival of Extreme Music and Performance celebrating the work and legacy of the Schimpfluch-Gruppe art collective. 30 November - 2 December 2012 at The Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, England. With: Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck, Sudden Infant, G*Park, Dave Phillips, Phurpa, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Vagina Dentata Organ, The New Blockaders, Junko Hiroshige, Trevor Wishart, Leif Elggren, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Vicky Langan, Alice Kemp, Daniel Löwenbrück, Ute Waldhausen, Doreen Kutzke,, Michael Barthel, Joachim Montessuis, Rashad Becker, Christian Weber, M Vänçi Stirnemann, Mike Dando, Ron Athey and more + Schimpfluch Film Programme, Psychic Rally Sound Installation, Schimpfluch Photographic Exhibition including work from Rudolf Eb.er & Joke Lanz, Talks and Discussions, Workshop. More information Sound and Music here and Tochnit Aleph here.

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ANDLIGHET I KONSTEN. tsnoK. More information here.
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UNDER FREUD'S COUCH
26 November 2012 at 7pm 'UNDER FREUD'S COUCH' by Leif Elggren at the Freud Museum, London. Curated by Lucia Farinati. Performance, presentation and discussion. Join us this evening for a special performance and presentation by Leif Elggren, followed by a discussion between the artist and curator Lucia Farinati, chaired by Freud Museum curator, Ivan Ward. Freud’s iconic psychoanalytic couch; an object which besides being a museological symbol that epitomizes the life and work of the father of psychoanalysis, is also a poignant listening device for recording the unheard and the unseen. It was on this couch, which inhabited the consulting rooms of both 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead and Berggasse 19 in Vienna, that patients were listened to; a liminal space where free association and dreams were gathered and, in a certain way, a key listening point for the development of Freud’s analytical work. In this constructed space, a new form of listening was made palpable through the discovery of the unconscious and the birth of psychoanalysis. - Using the microphone as a kind of third ear, Elggren’s recording under the couch brings to the forefront the potential to understand musical listening almost like a psychoanalytic treatment. 'Under the Couch' is a new CD release by Leif Elggren on Firework Edition Records with a critical text by Lucia Farinati and will be available on the night. Leif Elggren is a writer, visual artist, book publisher, stage performer, and composer based in Stockholm. His varied and prolific output routinely involves dreams, subtle absurdities, and social hierarchies turned upside-down. His audio work, mostly conceptually based, but also often created as the soundtrack to an installation or performance, has been released on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and his own Firework Edition. Lucia Farinati is an independent curator and researcher based in London. She is the Director of Sound Threshold, a long-term research project which explores the relationships between site, sound and text.
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CM von Hausswolff and The Sons of God. Electronic and Computer Music Series Event. Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. Doors 21h. Concerts 21.30 sharp. Event curated by Manuela Benetton.
 Kindly supported by Initiative Neue Musik e.V. at FEED Soundspace, Hobrechtsraße 65 | Hinterhaus, Etage 4 | 12047 Berlin-Neukölln. http://www.6554.de/category/events/
http://www.facebook.com/events/519127218116566/
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LIVE PERFORMANCES Switzerland Francisco Meirino & Leif Elggren - death travels backwards - mini-tour. 07.11.2012 at Cave12, Ecurie - Geneva, solo & duo live performances. 08.11.2012 at House Of Electronic Arts - Basel. solos & duo & trio live perf. + Christina Kubisch: http://www.christinakubisch.de/ - 10.11.2012 at Standard/Deluxe art gallery - Lausanne, Leif Elggren’s "Under The Couch" solo perf. 11.11.2012 at Cinéma Oblò - Lausanne, Leif Elggren’s "Death Travels Backwards" screening + duo live perf. with Francisco Meirino: http://www.franciscomeirino.com
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CCSEVEN Let Me Lose Myself - Episod IV: Nadine Byrne, Leif Elggren. Opening: November 4th, 2912, 12-3 pm, Visitors’ Center, Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm. Let me lose myself presents the forth episode of sound art created for Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm’s woodland cemetery. In the course of several years, layer upon layer of site-specific sound art that in different ways is inspired by this multi-faceted place with its unique landscaping and cultural heritage is being produced. The sound art pieces can be downloaded or streamed from our website: here. Visitors can come to Skogskyrkogården and experience the artworks any time of the day all year round.
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FAUST – 3 november 2012, Riche (lilla baren), kl. 22.00 – 02.00. LEIF ELGGREN gästar konstklubben FAUST. "April 1949 osv..." - Nio månader innan den moderna erans födelse i den västerländska världen sker en avgörande befruktning som inledningsvis kan åhöras på denna inspelning. Stycket redovisar sedan några udda nedslag under de år som sedan dess passerat. "April 1949 osv..." kan betraktas som en text-ljudkomposition på ca. 30 minuter. Allt återstår.
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26.10.12 iDEAL100 på RÖNNELLS ANTIKVARIAT, Stockholm! Joke Lanz, Lotta Melin, Joyce Ip, Johannes Heldén Roberto N Peyre & Leif Elggren! Kassett-dj: Sand Circles. More information here and here
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AN ENCOUNTER. SLY PROP OTTER, Bilderdijkstraat 165, 1053KP Amsterdam. An Encounter, a sound installation by Leif Elggren, with exhibition text by Rahma Khazam. 'Sacramental Meals', Elggren's artist book, will be freely available as pdf. Special brews from the Butcher. OPENING RECEPTION: 12 October, 7–9pm. More information here
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Mussel, Muse, Medusa. Jean-Philippe Antoine and Leif Elggren with Julie K Voss as the Muse. Thursday Sept. 6 Noon, University College, London. British Première of Moule, Muse, Méduse, as part of the "Re : towards ‘minor’ histories of exhibitions and performances" Conference. More information here
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Centerfield | Embodying the Disembodied: Leif Elggren at LAMPO. August 28th, 2012 by Caroline Picard. More information here
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0019 survey of Classwar Karaoke is published. More information here
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SLEEP DISORDERS. More information here
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ARTonAIR Experimental Composers: The Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland. Hosted by David Weinstein. Originally aired on Monday, July 23rd, 2012. A 2012 conversation and listening session with the two Swedish artists, Leif Elggren and C.M. von Hausswolff who created the enduring geo-political conceptual work known as The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland whose territories consist of all trans-border, interstitial spaces: geographical, mental and digital (including the space between life and death). David Weinstein and guest host Egnekn Montgomery, one of the ministers of the kingdoms, get a rare and complete explanation of the project. Listen and more information here
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Y&Brooklyn. New Y&B painting at Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Heights, NY. Photo: Fabio Roberti.
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A LIGHT FROM THE OTHER SIDE. July 4, 2012, 102 W 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Ave.), New York City. Witnessed by Ken Montgomery, Andrea Beeman, Marja-leena Sillanpää. Photo: LE.
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DANCING IN THE STREET. January to August. Solo dance by LE every Monday from 10pm at Clarkson Street (corner of Hudson) NYC. Duration of performance 5-7 minutes. – The last dance was performed on Monday the 27th of August, 2012.
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UNDER THE COUCH (Fire­work Edition Records, FER 1100): Wo hat der Schwede nicht schon Hamlets Vater, Gottes Sohn, Marxens Gespenst, dem Leben nach dem Tod, den Müttern, den Träumen und den Erinnerungen nach­gespürt - im Schlaf (Zzz...), unter Pflas­tersteinen (The Cobblestone Is The Weapon Of The Proletariat), in der La­trine, in Claude Mellans Gravur des Schweißtuchs der Hl. Veronika (The Sudarium Of St Veronica), in Emanuel Swedenbords Sommerhaus (The Sum­merhouse (Stockholm)), unter dem Bett (45 Minutes From Underneath The Beds). Da war es nur folgerichtig, ein ganz be­stimmtes und zum Thema vielverspre­chendes Möbelstück zu belauschen und zu untersuchen - Freuds berühmtes Chaise­longue, das er 1938 von der Berggasse 19 in Wien in die Emigration mitnahm nach London, wo es noch heute in 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead steht. Wie Diderots Sultan Mangogul mit seinem Zauberring die 'indiskreten Kleinode' der Damen dazu brachte, aus dem Nähkästchen zu plaudern, lässt Elggren Freuds Chaiselongue spre­chen, die ja deutlich ihre Herkunft als Ottomane verrät. Sie spricht zwar nicht wie ein Papagei und verrät anderes als das Sofa von Crébillon fils. Elggren interessieren ja auch nicht die Indiskretionen von unterhalb der Röcke. Er schob seine Nase, oder zumindest sein Mikrophon, dorthin, wo am ehesten sich die Auskünfte des Unter­bewusstseins und die Traumreste niedergeschlagen haben, unter der Decke. Freud war zwar auf Nasen fixiert gewesen und auf Blicke, auf die 'Urszene' und das Imagi­näre. Weitgehend unmusikalisch, wie Gustav Mahler feststellen musste, wollte er vor allem hören, was sich dem Auge entzogen hat. Dabei hatte es Nietzsche schon be­seufzt: Sie hätte singen sollen, diese 'neue Seele' - und nicht reden! Elggren lauscht ihm nun, dem stummen Gesang der Seele, dem Gespenst der Musik, der Musik der Gespenster, die sich in den Webfäden und Staubpartikeln verbirgt. Elggren kratzt als Psychoakustiker am blinden Fleck der Psychoanalyse. Als Kind hatte er sein König­reich unter dem Bett bezogen, wo er viel Zeit mit Lesen und Knabbern verbrachte. So wurde er zur Künstler-Schnecke, die das Bett als Vehikel für das Gebären, Schlafen, Träumen und Sterben mit sich führt und es zugleich unterläuft. Der Platz unter dem Bett ist wiederum ein blinder Fleck der Lebensprozesse und daher in seiner Sur-rea­lität der beste, um Lauschangriffe auf diese Prozesse zu starten. Was verät nun Freuds Chaiselongue? Dass zirpend und zittrig knisternd ein Sekundenpuls tickt. Stimmen und Schritte von Besuchern sind so gedämpft, dass sie fast nicht wahr scheinen. Fakt ist allein der tickende Puls, den, so wie das klingt, ein Gerät auf der Intensivstation mitzuzählen scheint. Bedeutet zu leben Patient zu sein, weil wir von Anfang an leiden an der Sygdommen til Døden? Am Todestrieb? Nach Slavoj Žižek war das Freuds Name für das ‘untote’, ewige Leben selbst, für den 'untoten', also doch auch gespenstischen Drang wider die Vernunft und über bloßes 'nur leben' hinaus. Ist das die unter Freuds Sofa verborgene Antwort auf jedes Ach heile mich, du Arzt der Seelen? [BA 74 rbd] [Bad Alchemy 74, Rigobert Dittmann]
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The first record ever cut: THE SUDARIUM OF ST VERONICA (1649) by the French artist Claude Mellan (1598-1688). Three different recordings are available on a CD (FER1065) on Firework Edition Records. More information here and here
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RADIO BOREDCAST NOW ARCHIVED AT WFMU! 20 June 2012. We are very pleased to inform you that Radio Boredcast has now been archived in its entirety at WFMU. Given that Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour online radio project, we consider today, The Longest Day, a most appropriate time to make this announcement. Curated by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival, Radio Boredcast responds to our ambiguous relationship with time - do we have too much or not enough? - celebrating the detail, complexity and depth of experience lost through our obsession with speed. BASIC.fm first hosted the project through the duration of AV Festival (1-31 March 2012) and now this unique and colossal archive is accessible for "Listen on Demand" at freeform radio station WFMU here. An impressive list of participants were invited to create new radio shows, audio works and mixes in response to the AV Festival theme "As Slow As Possible" and thematic playlists and contextual programming surround these creations. Thematic playlists run throughout from "Acconci" to "Zzz" programmed by Vicki Bennett. This has been a great project to curate and create, and although the theme is Slowness, we urge you to get over there now and have a listen! Listen to Radio Boredcast info here. Co-commissioned by AV Festival info here and BASIC.fm info here. Vicki Bennett info here. Blog entry info here. WFMU info here.
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Y&B. Installation with small vehicle (1977-83). From the ongoing project Yellow & Black. This installation is a part of the Moderna Museet collection, Stockholm. More information here. Photo: Moderna Museet/Åsa Lundén.
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Y&BPINS. Edition of 200 signed and numbered copies, 17 x 24 mm. Photo: Otto Elggren.
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TREDJE STATSMAKTEN (the third power). Performance and recording together with Pär Thörn & Marja-leena Sillanpää at ISCP Brooklyn, NY. 21 May 2012.
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NOISE PARK here.
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Substrat Radio #9 Die Pest (2012-04-01) here.
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KREV article by Steven Kaplan here.
A Swedish translation was published in the Swedish art magazine Paletten 2007.
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KREV Citizens at ISCP Brooklyn May 12, 2012. We attempted to Laminate Infinity. 5pm with Andrea Beeman, Lary Seven, Ken Montgomery, Leif Elggren, Sam Ashley, Marja-leena Sillanpää and Fabio Roberti, The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. More information here.
JG Thirlwell wrote a small piece about saturday's open studio event on his tumblr blog here.
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WFMU Playlist for Strength Through Failure with Fabio. Thursdays 3pm - 6pm on WFMU 91.1 fm 90.1 fm wfmu.org May 3, 2012: A Royal FAilure: Special in studio appearance by Leif Elggren & Marja-leena Sillanpää. Super sound assistance by Scott Konzelmann. More information here.
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RECORDING EDGAR ALLAN POE'S ROCKING CHAIR. April 29 in the Bronx with Michael Esposito and Frans Eemil Sillanpää.
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NEW WORK: BED Y&B
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VENTILATION SYSTEM AND TEN DRAWINGS FOR FASHION at VERGE NYC, 159 Bleecker Street, May 3 - May 6, 2012.
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PAROLE #2: PHONETIC SKIN / PHONETISCHE HAUT
Annette Stahmer (ed.). Salon Verlag, Cologne (in cooperation with Errant Bodies Press, Berlin/Los Angeles), 2012. 112 pages + CD with sound examples. PAROLE #2 is the second issue of a series of publications investigating the materiality of language. Parole #2: Phonetic Skin / Phonetische Haut is concerned with skin and its relation to language. The term “skin” is used here as a metaphor. It represents the surface, the protective sheath of not only the human but also of other “bodies” like the walls of a house, a product’s packaging, the earth’s surface, and so on. Skin describes the boundary between within and without, and is simultaneously a sensitive instrument for communication, directing external information inwards, as well as outwardly expressing inner states. “Phonetic Skin” is a poetic term serving as a starting point for a discussion on the connection between communication/language and skin. - 18 international theorists, artists and designers present projects in “Phonetic Skin” which illuminate various aspects of this theme, including voice phenomena, talking drums, dermographism, clothing, as well as works on gardens, graffiti, and book bodies. - See also: Parole #1: The Body of the Voice / Stimmkörper, Salon Verlag Cologne, 2009. Parole is distributed by Vice Versa (Berlin), Les presses du réel (Dijon) and DAP (New York).

PAROLE #2: PHONETIC SKIN / PHONETISCHE HAUT. Buchpräsentation | Performance mit Annette Stahmer und Friedrich Tietjen. Musikalische Begleitung: Die klingende Bildserviette und andere Raritäten. Sonntag, 13. Mai 2012, 11h. SALON FÜR BUCHKUNST. 21er Haus, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien. More information here. and here.
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URSONATEFANZINE Interview with LE by Oier Iruretagoiena. In Spanish. Download the interview here. Check out Ursonate here.
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THE POOR MAN'S WEAPON. A new Yellow & Black shoe specially designed by Bryan Lewis Saunders. More about Bryan Lewis Saunders here. Order the shoe here.
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DEEP SHIT by Joachim Nordwall. More about this here.
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IT IS SAID THAT NO QUEEN IS A QUEEN. Choc.236. Volume 1 in 'The Well Spliced Breath' series, presenting some new choice cuts of voice, text/sound composisition, tape collage and the like. 
"It Is Said That No Queen Is A Queen was recorded 19th November 2011 by Alex Inglizian at Lampo, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago. The text was written by LE for the Concert For A Lost Queen, a performance / concert together with Charlotte Engelkes at the Swedish Concert House, Stockholm, 17 October 2009." All volumes in the series are a number edition of 60, in generic sleeves with unique insert. More about this here.
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UNDER THE COUCH. A new CD on Firework Edition Records by LE. The booklet contains an essay by Lucia Farinati. - This recording was made under the famous couch of Dr. Sigmund Freud at 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), founder of the Psychoanalysis, lived here 1938- 1939. The house is now the Freud Museum [www.freud.org.uk]. From the museum’s website: 'Freud’s couch, upon which his patients would comfortably recline during psychoanalytic sessions, was normally covered by an Oriental rug throw. Underneath the throw, it is a plain and simple structure, raised by a scroll and pad at one end, though fully upholstered with springs and horsehair stuffing. The couch is rather short, so that the patient would not lie horizontally, but with the head quite high, supported by several cushions and pillows. According to Freud’s wife Martha, in an interview with Princess Marie Bonaparte in 1938, the couch was given to Freud by a grateful patient, a Madame Benvenisti, in about 1890.' - Duration: 60' 05''. Recorded on the 14th of September 2011. Recording devices: ZOOM H4n, Voice Recorder Diasonic DDR-5000, Mini Cassette Recorder Olympus S701. Cover and label photographs by LE taken during the recording session. Many thanks to the Freud Museum for so generously having me under the couch. Special thanks to Lucia Farinati and Dr. Sigmund Freud. FER1100 (P)&(C) Leif Elggren, Stockholm, London, New York 2012. BIEM/N©B LE is published by Touch Music [MCPS] London
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ARMORY SHOW 2012. Gallery Niklas Belenius at booth 910 (Nordic Section). March 8-11, Pier 92 & 94, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street, New York City. More information here.
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RADIO BOREDCAST. Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012 Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour continuous online radio project, curated by artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival. In response to our ambiguous relationship with time - do we have too much or not enough? - Radio Boredcast celebrates the detail, complexity and depth of experience lost through our obsession with speed. With over 100 participants Radio Boredcast includes new and unpublished works, freeform radio shows, field recordings, interviews, monologues and much, much more. Thematic playlists will run throughout from “Acconci” to “Zzz…” You can listen continuously for a month, or for hours, minutes or seconds. Online 24 hours each day, at www.avfestival.co.uk or www.thepixelpalace.org. The schedule for the whole month is listed here.
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THE SUDARIUM OF ST VERONICA (1649) by Claude Mellan and LE. 12" poly urethan art record limited edition of 11 pieces, signed and numbered. Release and production by DE PLAYER, Hillelaan 49-d, 3072 JE Rotterdam, The Netherlands. More information here.
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SVART LJUS Borås Konstmuseum. 4/2-1/4 2012. Teckningar, fotografier, installationer, ljud och filmer av Freddie Wadling, Annika von Hausswolff, Per Svensson, Ulrich Hillebrand, Lotta Antonsson, Leif Elggren och Henrik Rylander.
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TSNOK Physiological Frequencies. Lars-Erik Hjertström-Lappalainen skriver om teckningar av LE. More information here.
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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Utställning 21 jan – 24 mars 2012. PASSAGEN, LINKÖPINGS KONSTHALL. More information here.
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SWEDENBORG EPIC. A Short Reprise for Emanuel Swedenborg, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons. Exhibition from 05.02.2012 - 05.03.2012. Private view: Saturday 04.02.2012, from 19.00 - 21.00. Swedenborg Epic. is an exhibitionary reprise offering a domestic space to artists to create a work around three accounts upholding the charge of insanity brought against Emanuel Swedenborg (Stockholm 1688 - Wapping, London 1772). These accounts, largely based on linger and hearsay, have been propagated by Swedish pastor Mathesius, Methodist leader Wesley, and questionably by the Moravian Brockmer as based on events taking place during Swedenborg’s stay at Brockmer’s house in London during 1744. Arguably, the possible fictionalisation and extravagance of these accounts have lead to a certain degree of degeneration in regard of Swedenborg’s reputation, both during his late days and posthumously. Taking these peculiar and rather ambiguous accounts as its leitmotiv, the project opens a space for speculation and image-correction of Swedenborg’s stature and meaning in the present. The exhibition, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, Rianne Groen and Nina Swaep, features works and new commissions by Dave Charlesworth, Kitty Clark, Leif Elggren, Bentley Farrington and Marenka Gabeler. Swedenborg Epic. event on Facebook. 4 Brockmer House, Crowder Street, London E1 0BJ, UK.
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BLAST COUNTERBLAST. Published by WhiteWalls. Edited by Anthony Elms and Steve Reinke. With contributions by Stuart Bailey, Andrej Blatnik, Joerg Becker & Irena Knezevic, Elijah Burgher, Cameron Crawford, Jon Davies, Leif Elggren, Mario Fusco, Matthea Harvey & Adam Shecter, Nelson Henricks, Mike Hoolboom, Irena Knezevic, Erin Leland, Jessie Mott, My Barbarian, Christine Negus, Darren O’Donnell, Academy Records, Lane Relyea, John Russell, Jim Trainor, Ryan Trecatin, Emily Vey Duke, and Cooper Battersby. 192 pages | 7 line drawings | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011. More information here.
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Advertising: BLACKDEATH NOISE SYNTH
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January 2 2012, from 8pm, at
Experimental Intermedia, 224 Centre Street, NYC: Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, Laeticia Morais, Sabisha Friedberg, Byron Westbrook, Bryan Eubanks, Spencer Sweeney, Jeff Burton and Daniel Neumann, Jared Mezzochi, and LE. Photo: Joachim Nordwall.
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SOUNDOFMUSIC More information here.
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THE DOLLS: Swedenborg, King Carolus XII and Queen Christina as a baby.
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Strength Through Failure
On Dec. 15, Strength Through Failure will host the arrival (and 20th anniversary visit to wfmu) of their Royal highnesses King Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren of the Kingdoms of Elgaland/Vargaland. The kings will be on hand to discuss their current activities, their status regarding recognition by the United Nations, recording and art projects, the ongoing function of ruling a benevolent kingdom with territories that extend out into the universe, ongoing collaborations and the like. There may be sound performances beyond the usual chatter. tune in for this royal event. 3-6pm. More information here.
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YELLOW & BLACK New York now focusing on Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens. Opening: December 11, 2011, 8 pm. On the sidewalk in front of 102 W 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Ave.), New York City (A special thanks to Ken Montgomery.) and simultaneously continuing and spreading out all over the city and beyond. Wherever or whenever you may find Yellow & Black images, signs, symbols, etc., they are part of this project. This is possibly the largest public art work project ever done on this planet. The project was initiated in 1977 and has since then manifested all over the world in many different forms and shapes — mostly in our shared man-made society, (but not always, no, not always).
§3 CLAIM: "I hereby lay claim to this symbol, sign, icon — the combination of black and yellow — wherever it may appear in this or any other world, in whatever shape, form, pattern or composition, be it civil or military. I hereby claim to be its originator and owner." (Leif Elggren, Stockholm 1977) – This project have found its way in different shapes and situations through the years. A statement of legitimity is put out, a statement of the self placed in the hierarchic order of the world. – Am I the created creation that in turn create new creations or am I the created creation that create my own creator?
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SWEDISH ENERGIES Presenting LEIF ELGGREN, ANNA KOCH & MATS LINDSTRÖM, ALTAR OF FLIES, CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF, HANNA HARTMANN, IKUE MORI & IDA LUNDÉN, KATHY HINDE & DANIEL SKOGLUND, THE MAGIC STATE, MATS GUSTAFSSON, SEWER ELECTION, THE SKULL DEFEKTS. Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, December 2nd and 3rd 2011. Presented by the Issue Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, WELD & the Consulate General of Sweden, NYC. Curated by Joachim Nordwall, Mats Lindström & Lawrence Kumpf. More information here.
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NEWS news

LAMPO: LEIF ELGGREN, SAT NOV 19 at 8pm, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago. Admission FREE. Reservations required; RSVP: http://elggrenlampo.eventbrite.com - A special thanks to: Arvo Zylo, Jason Soliday, Heidi Harman, Michael Esposito, Marja-leena Sillanpää. More information here.
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PTROLEUM FIRST RELEASE: CD ANGEL MODULATIONS BY EMANUEL SWEDENBORG. On November 3rd 2011 between 7-9 pm, You are very welcome to an opening reception hosted by Leif Elggren and the release of the CD ANGEL MODULATIONS in connection with OPEN STUDIOS at ISCP - International Studio & Curatorial Program, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211. This reception will then go on for 3 more days when you have the opportunity to meet 35 artists from all over the world. OPENING HOURS: Fri-Sun, Nov 4-6th, 1-7pm. More information here.
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OPEN STUDIOS at ISCP - International Studio & Curatorial Program, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211. OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, November 3rd, 7 - 9pm. OPENING HOURS Friday - Sunday, November 4 - 6th, 1 - 7pm. The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Fall Open Studios is a four-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 36 artists, artist collectives and curators from 22 countries currently in residence at ISCP will present work in their studios. More information here.
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Sunday October 30 - Mischief Nite 8pm - Gen Ken live with VERY SPECIAL guests.
Gen Ken will be re-interpreting DRONESKIPCLICKLOOP from Ponderfloorsample using real musicians! The Stone-corner of Ave C and 2nd Street East Village. Curated by Phill Niblock XI records. Gen Ken Montgomery conducts the Droneskipclickloop quartet featuring: Sean Meehan, Michael Evans, Lary Seven, Leif Elggren and Andrea, the Enchantress of Bioluminsoity. More information here.
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The Sudarium of St. Veronica / put the music in its coffin
Writing Sound by Daniela Cascella. More information here.
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521 HUDSON MEETING Oct 8th. 11. Front: Maja, Lary. Back: Fabio, Leif, Scott, Ken, Andrea.
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ANGEL MODULATIONS
CD by Emanuel Swedenborg on Ptroleum. More information here.
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HAUNTINGS
Secret and Uncanny Presence in Media, Art and Pop. - For as long media have been in existence, people have believed that these media maintain a special connection to the beyond. Writing, photography, the sound recording, the filmic image – each one is the placeholder for an absent presence, for a past- or future elsewhere whose after-effects linger in the here and now. Under the current conditions of open and electronically available archives, these symptoms are growing more radical: there is virtually no mediatic artefact in existence today that is not haunted by – or, even, that does not explicitly invoke – a “spectre” or “ghost” from the past. “Hauntings” is an interdisciplinary project by Thomas Edlinger and Christian Höller. Hauntings – Ghost Box Media. Exhibition 25.9. – 17.12.2011. Kunstverein Medienturm, Josefigasse 1, 8020 Graz. Opening 24.9., 11 a.m. Coproduction steirischer herbst. The open, electronic archives of our time radicalise this suspicion even further, as there is hardly a media artifact left that isn’t haunted by a ghost of the past. What are the characteristics of this secret presence or uncanny absence in contemporary art? How is the facticity of the simulacrum, the “presence of a ghost” (Jacques Derrida) manifested? What undead beings haunt an art whose main characteristic is its claim to contemporaneity? What “sinister resonances” (David Toop) are currently at work here? Based on a small cross-section of a wide range of media, visitors can experience all the things that continue to pursue and haunt us in today’s art forms. With Yto Barrada, BIT Bureau of Inverse Technology, Minerva Cuevas, Leif Elggren, Michael Esposito/Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Harappian Night Recordings, Julian House, Mike Kelley/Scanner, Jakob Kolding, Claudia Larcher, Moon Wiring Club, Baron Mordant, The Otolith Group, Walid Raad, Dr. Konstantin Raudive, Markus Schinwald, Zineb Sedira, Alejandro Vidal, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hans Weigand. More information here.
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17.09. - 18.11.2011 SLEEP DISORDERS
Curateurs: Marion Auburtin - Danielle Igniti - Benjamin L.Aman. Artistes: Marion Auburtin - Leonora Bisagno - Sneja D. - Claire Decet - Leif Elggren - Elisabeth Flunger - Samuel François - Gran Horno - Benjamin L.Aman - Sébastien Maloberti - Christoph Meier - Claudia Passeri - The Sons of God - Brigitte Zieger. Sleep Disorders présente des oeuvres qui cherchent à mettre en forme ce qui reste d'habitude à l'état latent. Il peut s'agir d'une approche littérale visant à dégager la part créatrice ou perturbatrice des troubles du repos sur le fonctionnement de l'esprit, lorsqu'il formule plus ou moins consciemment des idées ou des images. Il peut également s'agir de travaux non linéaires voire clairement contradictoires qui mènent l'artiste et le spectateur vers une forme d'impasse. Sleep Disorders aborde enfin des oeuvres dont le calme apparent dévoile un fond d' insécurité, une obsession flagrante, une forme de violence pure ou de défoulement en quête du repos salvateur. La Ville de Dudelange et les centres d'art Dominique Lang et Nei Liicht ont le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage - cocktail de l'exposition qui aura lieu le samedi 17 septembre à partir de 21 heures dans les deux centres en présence des artistes. Performances de Leif Elggren et Benjamin L.Aman à partir de 21.30 heures. Finissage le 17 novembre à partir de 21 heures. Performances de Gran Horno et Elisabeth Flunger à partir de 21.30 heures. More information here.
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Lördag den 10 september kl 15-18 har Leif Elggren vernissage på Galleri Örhänget. Utställningen heter GURUNS PAPPER OCH ANDRA TIDIGA SAMMANHANG och innehåller en mängd teckningar från tidigt 1970-tal: bilder från den legendariska alternativtidskriften Guru Papers, illustrationer till böcker, med mera. Adress Höga Stigen 3, vid Mosebacke terrass, Stockholm, tid alltså kl 15-18. Utställningen pågår fram till de 20 oktober. – Kvällen före, fredagen den 9 september, blir det Guru Papers-kväll från kl 19 i Antikvariat Hundörats nya lokaler på Östgötagatan 20. Leif Elggren och gurun själv, tidskriftens redaktör Lauri Perälä, samtalar under Jonas Ellerströms ledning om stencilapparaten som upprorsverktyg, om poesin på 1970-talet och Linköpings position i svensk litteraturhistoria. Böcker och tidskriftsnummer till försäljning, improviserad musik av Slug Area (Elggren, Ellerström, David Liljemark), vin och nötter, och andra uppträden.
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THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE EARS
2011-09-03. Audiovisual adventure by Mats Persson, Leif Elggren and Björn Granath at 9 to 9.30 PM in Lejonkulan, Dramaten, Stockholm. Åke Hodell will be visiting Carl Jonas Love Almqvist and Emanuel Swedenborg. And Queen Christina, as the godmother to Carolus XII, will be seen being born again as like a miracle. Again and again. Or is it the other way around??? A masquerade were different time levels overlap each other.
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FRIDAY Sept 2, 2011 18.00 WE ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE. Sound installation by Marja-leena Sillanpää. HEAVEN / HELL. Release and live performance by Anastasia Ax / Sillanpää. 19.30 JEAN-PHILIPPE ANTOINE / LEIF ELGGREN. Jean- Philippe presents hums and whistles and live electronics. Jean-Philippe Antoine lives and works in Paris. He has recently released a 7 inch and a CD on Firework Edition Records and have been artist in residence at EMS during August 2011. Leif Elggren presents his new talking dolls. www.myspace.com/fredons
www.dailymotion.com/video/xb4y0z_conferenceperformance-jeanphilippe
www.fireworkeditionrecords.com Fylkingen, Söder Mälarstrand 27, 118 25 Stockholm
www.fylkingen.se
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KAMBRISKA ÅTBÖRDER
ONS 31/8 KL 19.00. Fylkingen. En maxad kväll med musik, text, performance och video av: DR. MEXICO, MATTIAS FORSHAGE, ILONA HUSS WALIN, C.M. LUNDBERG & EN 1/2-KOKT I FOLIE, GIULIANO MEDICI, IWO MYRIN, ÅSA NYLÈN, KAARINA ORMIO/ELIN T. SØRENSEN/JAAN PÄRNAMÄE, LEIF ELGGREN, EMANUEL SWEDENBORG & DANIEL SOFTSWORD LOFTHAGEN. Utställning i foajén med: Mia Andrée, Leif Elggren, Ilona Huss Walin, Iris Causevic, Björn Serrander, Petri Junttila, Anna Karlkvist, C.M. Lundberg, RTBoruta, Giuliano Medici, Iwo Myrin.
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BLACK FAT SOIL
Tuesday 30.8, 2011. 19:00—24:00. Fylkingen. Söder Mälarstrand 27. Stockholm www.fylkingen.se An evening with performance, music, sound- and videoart.
Participating artists: Dave Allen, Answers (Henrik Andersson / Malin Arnell / Anders Bryngelsson / Mattin), Jakob Eklund, Cecilia Germain, Ulrika Gomm, Peter Kortmann, Lina Persson, Roseline Rannoch, Imri Sandström, Maxwell Simmer, Marcus Ekroth / Trevor Lee Larson / Linda Spjut. The evening starts 19.00 with a book launch of the anthology SVART FET JORD / BLACK FAT SOIL with contributions from: Dave Allen, Answers, Michael Baers, Jakob Eklund, Marcus Ekroth, Leif Elggren, Emma-Lina Ericson, Cecilia Germain, Ulrika Gomm, Delia Gonzalez, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Lise Haurum, Peter Kortmann, Erika Landström, Trevor Lee Larson, Clara López, C M Lundberg, Anna Lundh, Iwo Myrin, Per Kristian Nygaard, Lina Persson, Julia Pfeiffer, Roseline Rannoch, Imri Sandström, Maxwell Simmer, Linda Spjut, Paula Urbano, Anna Wignell. Graphic design: Florian Ludwig. Entrance: SEK50 (including the anthology BLACK FAT SOIL). BLACK FAT SOIL is supported by IASPIS.
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Silent Screams And Deafening Whispers a performance evening curated by Erik Bünger, takes place at Monbijoupark in Berlin as part of the exhibition Based in Berlin. More information Erik Bünger here and here.
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Det främmande fäderneslandet Andra sommaren. Borlänge 28-30 juni 2011. More information Joakim Forsgren here.
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THE IDIOT. The following text and images were rejected by The Wire after inviting LE to contribute to The Inner Sleeve in March 2010:

A trickster, a dancing young prince, that super-energetically moves between the lines, between the words, without being hurt, that moves freely. And even if this is true, the problematic issue in this case, there is an old incomprehensible future that obviously awaits in the background. Like that heavy old painting by Richard Bergh of the mad poet Gustaf Fröding sitting in his bed with his arms crossed under his patriarch beard - like a Shakespearian ghost experience. And another one; the mad painter Ernst Josephson leading the military parade to the royal castle dressed in a morning gown and a red fez. (Unfortunately he never made it to the castle. They arrested him before that.) With a catwalk fashion attitude and a free-at-last elegance (outside the asylum); ready to go. Major stimuli. Like the hands that are dancing by themselves, but at the same time together, strongly connected, as always. And the party is somewhere else, but the focus is still here. On the beach. Like it should be. The subjective and inevitable conviction that this is the centre of the world, the centre of everything. And the black and white garden outside the villa where all the others are living their lives, are having their fun. But you and me here, in the dark. Like the most important dialogue of all dialogues. Like talking to the most powerful woman in the world and at the same time trying to pee without unbuttoning the fly. Like those scars that never go away. And the open sea, the ocean, in the background. Still possible. But the lack of real worldly power (from an inferior position) creates an inner freedom where everything is accessible, within reach, all the time, twenty four hours a-day. Never closed. Like a dream in a dream. Like kids with total connection. Like Friedrich Jürgenson recording without a microphone. With open focus. That this is what we can do. Inverting the structure, the inferior position, and claim (pointing) in the opposite direction - "There goes the freedom line!" But no one goes free, it is said. Nevertheless, everyone keeps themselves going with the hope, the hope to be exceptional. Like the rich and the powerful, the only ones in human society that have the possibility to achieve immortality. No others, of course. The rest will be sedimented down in the shadows, like dust. Soil. Like it is. But still, the inevitable longing for more, to remain. Because everything is so fearful. Like in the darkest night. Like when the forest starts moving. Do plants feel fear? - All animals are saints. And those goddamn saint-eaters ready to get their teeth into skin and bones. Like old mummies incarnated backwards in newborn babies. Like when Amenhotep the fourth gave birth to his own father, to his own mother and consumed them and digested them easily. Like a first glimpse of a new era, another way of organising society, the world. And then everything went black again. Went back to the old routines, to the old traditions in order to feel safe, or safer. Because everything is totally a question of fear, a question of horror. But underneath, the bridging from one point to another, invisible during a long period of time, during generations, and then suddenly up in the daylight again: Materialising. Being visible. Influencing. Like it should. Like the subjective, but inevitable, belief that this is the centre of the world, that this is the centre of everything. And we have to deal with it - like being born by two idiots, but still enjoying the title of a King and as well being a son of God - like myself for instance. (Leif Elggren, Stockholm, March 2010)

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Iggy Pop: The Idiot. First released 1977. Cover photo by Andrew Kent.

Gustaf Fröding. Painting by Richard Bergh 1909.

Painting by Ernst Josephson 1893.
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Sohrab remix album | You Are Not Alone l
Leif has contributed a remix to Iranian artist Sohrab's new release. Release date: 10th June 2011. 320 kpbs - 1 track - 37:09. [Touch # Tone 42 DR1]
Photography: Jon Wozencroft. The first in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause... all label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against the refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany...
As you may know, Sohrab managed to leave Iran late last year for Germany, where he appealed for political asylum having been interned in Brandenburg. This appeal has failed and he is trying to raise funds to appeal against this latest ruling. If he fails, it is probable that Sohrab will be flown back to Iran and arrested at Tehran Airport... Europe is reassessing its policy to 'immigrants' on a daily basis, partly because of the rise of the political right, but also because of the influx of refugees from the 'arab spring'. The vast majority are being unceremoniously shipped back to their point of origin... This release is a fund-raiser to help pay for a lawyer to help with his appeal against the ruling. 100% of Artist and Label money from this release will be donated directly to the appeal fund. You can donate more if you wish simply by purchasing multiple copies of this release. Touch mix content providers: JG Thirlwell - Susanna (Uxorial mix) 4:48 | Achim Mohné - Milan Knizhak mix#1 (side a) 6:05 | Jóhann Jóhannsson - Zarrin (remix) 6:01 (Mixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson at NTOV, Copenhagen, 24th May 2011) | Anonymous - Triple Exposure 9:10 (Mastered by a different Anonymous 24th May 2011) | Leif Elggren - No One Really Knows (destroyed) 11:46
This download-only release is now available from the TouchShop.

 

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The 6th MOMENTUM BIENNIAL
Imagine Being Here Now, Momentum / Punkt Ø. Opening Party Saturday June 18th, 8 pm, at Momentum kunsthall, Moss, Norway. Open: 18 June - 2 October 2011. The 6th Momentum Biennial, Imagine Being Here Now, is rooted in a conviction that the complexities of orientating the world depend on factors of memory and imagination and that the process, whatever it may be, inescapably transpires within a set moment and location. Indeed, we usually emphasize the latter when considering human experience, but for each individual time and space expands in unforeseen dimensions, back and forth, up and down. The inherent present of each person does not only involve transitory impressions of the here and now but continuously deals with the past and expectations of the future. Besides existing in time and space, we have the ability to imagine being somewhere else entirely, in any other place at any other time. Imagine Being Here Now presents works of art by fifty international artists in an exhibition venturing to stretch out, pin down and animate the experience of time in standstill, motion and reverse, and that of place through presence and absence. Within a specific exhibition design that engages the viewer in a distinctly alternative manner of participation and presence, the multitude of perspectives that relate to this attempt are presented in the works of art on display. Consequently, the exhibition retains a multifaceted approach both within the venues in Moss, but also in other Nordic countries through an organized itinerant performance event and, furthermore, in a two-part publication meant to thoroughly consider the matter at hand. - To parse the continual deliberation regarding the experience of presence, what time is and the widely diverse analogies describing it is, of course, truly an endeavor. But it is the sincere aspiration of the curatorial group and the participating artists that the exhibition explores the human experience and its spatial conditions and that it discusses contextual time where imagination is a key feature in producing, sharing and experiencing. Artists: Øystein Aasan (NO), Caroline Achaintre (FR), Harpa Árnadóttir (IS), Michael Baers (US), Margrét H. Blőndal (IS), Paolo Bottarelli (IT), KP Brehmer (DE), Elina Brotherus (FI), Heman Chong (SG), Bruce Conner (US), Jason Dodge (US), Aleksandra Domanović (RS), Leif Elggren (SE), Luca Frei (SE), Ellie Ga (US), Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Hamza Halloubi (MA), Magnús Logi Kristinsson (IS), Matti Kujasalo (FI), Oliver Laric (AU), Karl Larsson (SE), Ann Lislegaard (NO), The Long Now Foundation (US), Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio (IT), Katarina Lőfstrőm (SE), Daniel Medina (VE), Maria Miesenberger (SE), Naeem Mohaiemen (BD), Ulrike Mohr (DE), Eadweard Muybridge (UK), Simon Dybbroe Møller (DK), Rosalind, Nashashibi (UK), Ioana Nemes (RO), Finnbogi Pétursson (IS), Prinz Gholam (DE/LB), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Mandla Reuter (ZA), Nikolai von Rosen (DE), Hans Rosenstrőm (FI), Andreas Siqueland (NO), SEX TAGS (NO), Simon Starling (UK), Fiete Stolte (DE), Superflex in collaboration with The Propeller Group (DK/VN), Ines Tartler (DE), Roi Vaara (FI), Kjell Varvin (NO), Bettina Camilla Vestergaard (DK), Wooloo (DK), George Young (UK). Curated by:
 Markús Þór Andrésson (IS), Christian Skovbjerg Jensen (DK), Theodor Ringborg (SE), Aura Seikkula (FI), Marianne Zamecznik (NO). More about this here
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THE NORTH IS PROTECTED (Death in Venice)
(Sitting in the shallow water at the Lido seashore with Fukushima in the background.)
From noon to sundown, we are contemplating the horizon, observing the sky. Overviewing heaven and earth. Is there any hope? Are there any possibilities for human life to survive on this planet? - You are most welcome to join us in this melancholic moment to meditate over beauty, death, time, fear and sadness in our mutual existence of today. 1 June, 2011 from 11.00 onwards. The private beach in front of Grand Hotel des Bains, Lido, Venice, Italy. Carl Michael von Hausswolff Anders Tomren Tommi Grönlund Petteri Nisunen Leif Elggren. Image: Moonrise by the Sea, Caspar David Friedrich, 1822. More about this here
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THE FENRIS WOLF, THOMAS BEY WILLIAM BAILEY
I Wasn't There: The Joys Of Immaterial Art

More about this here and here
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»FREITAG DER 13« ANNA BAK [PL] | ANSGAR WILKEN [DE] | CLAUDIO PFEIFFER [DE] DENNIS TYFUS [BE] | FEINE TRINKERS BEI PINKELS DAHEIM [DE] FREYA NAJADE [UK] | HANS-GEORG SCHÄFER [DE] | JAD FAIR [US] LEIF ELGGREN [SE] | STEFFEN ULLMANN [DE] | THE TAPEWORM [UK] ULRICH CHOMEN [DE] | ZELOOT [NL] ausstellung | 13.05. - 05.06.2011 FLIESENECK | spedition | bremen | deutschland öffnungszeiten di - fr | 14.00 - 18.00 sa + so | 14.00 - 19.00
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2011 MERZ WORLD: YONA FRIEDMAN & TOMAS SARACENO
14.4.–21.8.2011. Exhibition at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich. More about this here
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NORDIC DARKNESS Kristinehamn Museum of Art, Sweden. info
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Ash 8.3 #4 presented to LE: See you later
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XISM 16 april - 21 aug, 2011.
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DEATH FRAGMENTS by Tetsuo Furudate, Bielefeld, Germany 16-21 April 2011 info
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INNER VOICES exhibition together with Per Svensson, Kristianstads Konsthall, Sweden 9 April-6 June 2011. Inner Voices featuring Michael Esposito and Freddie Wadling.
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Activating The Medium XIV : Radio
23five has collected works from numerous sound artists who have used radio as a principle medium in composition for the purpose of being broadcast over the radiowaves. Most tracks commissioned for this series are exclusive to the radio series.
Participants include: Antimatter, Jorge Bachmann, Leticia Castaneda, Tim Catlin, John Davis, John Duncan, Adrian Dziewanski, Leif Elggren, Richard Garet, Camilla Hannan, Jim Haynes, irr. app. (ext.), Jason Kahn, Jim Kaiser, Ben Owen, Adam Pacione, Dave Phillips, RAJAR, Rale, Lisa Seitz, Colin Andrew Sheffield, Adam Sonderberg, Giancarlo Toniutti, Vertonen, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Yan Jun. °°°° 23five Incorporated, The Helen Scarsdale Agency, San Francisco, California USA. info
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The Winter Garden 19th March 2011, Osward Road, London.
LE will cut black & yellow tape at 6 30pm prompt to officially launch The Winter Garden Installation & Sound Space, with a permanent exhibition, "Yellow & Black, 11th December 2007."
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iDEALFEST 2011
February 26th 2011, 19.00-01.00, Fylkingen, Stockholm. Live on stage: DEAD LETTERS SPELL OUT DEAD WORDS, LEIF ELGGREN & JOACHIM NORDWALL, JOHANNES HELDÉN, EVIL MOISTURE (F), SEWER ELECTION, DUNGEON ACID, ALTAR OF FLIES, 100 sek | Cheapo bar. Seven performances of radical, mindexpanding electronic music of different kinds. iDEAL Recordings have since 1998 released experimental stuff on vinyl, compact disc and cassette - mostly noise, drone, electro-acoustics and so forth but often with a punk attitude and kind of a in-your-face energy surrounding the whole thing. iDEAL is also a festival organizer, is involved in curating sound art exhibitions, setting up concerts and whatever. Tonight at Fylkingen, iDEAL is presenting a bunch of their collaborators... Please note - ALL visitors get a free iDEAL CD release of their own choise! A special Cassette release will be available with all performing artists. Ringmaster: Optic Nest
More about this here
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LIVE IN PARIS
Concert at 64, Paris, February 16, 2011. - Photo: Catherine de Smet.
More about this here
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LIVE IN STOCKHOLM
Concert at Fylkingen, Stockholm, December 17, 2010 - 19:00 - 23:00 by Per Svensson, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Kent Tankred, Leif Elggren and release of a new book: Transmutation by Bo Cavefors / Per Svensson on Firework Edition. Photo: Daniel Karlsson. More about this here
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UNOFFICIAL NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
December 10th, 2010. More about this here
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BYE BYE BUTTERFLY December 4th, xanthi, greece:: absurd #84:
with Joke Lanz (Sudden Infant), Balinese Beast, Socrates Martinis, Kostis Kilymis, DJ Bwana, Thanasis Chondros, Alexandra Katsiani and LE. More about this here Photo: Nicolas Malevitsis.
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THE TAPEWORM COMES ALIVE!
Le Guess Who? and PAUME present a night curated by cassette label THE TAPEWORM featuring Leslie Winer, Leif Elggren, Zerocrop, Ananizapta, Savage Pencil, People Like Us and Philip Marshall. Theater Kiker, Utrecht, Holland, November 28, 2010. More about this here
and here Photo: Mike Harding
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THE THIRD POWER November 18, 2010, Passagen Linköpings Konsthall, Sweden. Performance by Marja-leena Sillanpää, Pär Thörn, LE. More about this here Photo: Anna Sandberg
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THE STEN HANSON FESTIVAL October 9, 2010, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Performance by Sten Hanson and the following artists invited by Sten Hanson: Julien Blaine, Erik Bünger, Christina Kubisch, Blood Stereo, Hanna Hartmann, Leif Elggren. More about this here
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THE MODERNA EXHIBITION 2010 Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2 October 2010 - 9 January 2011. LE showing two different sound projects together with related material and paraphernalia (and a specially made vitrine with extraterestial signs of dignity): The Summerhouse (CD release together with Michael Esposito and Emanuel Swedenborg), The Sudarium of St Veronica (CD release together with Claude Mellan). For more information see www.fireworkeditionrecords.com
More about The Moderna Exhibition 2010 here
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SPRINGERIN Springerin -Hefte für Gegenwartskunst. springerin ist das Magazin zur Kritik und Theorie der Kultur der Gegenwart. Springerin 4/2010. Politisches Design. Christian Höller: Die Rückseite der Medien. Zum Dispositiv des Unhörbaren und Unsichtbaren am Beispiel des Künstlers Leif Elggren. More about this here and here
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Skajs Antikhandel / Niklas Belenius
Stockholm, "Installation I", Antiques - Contemporary Art, 29 September - 6 October 2010. http://www.skajsantikhandel.com/1.html
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Interview with LE by Markus Metsälä.
originally appeared in Special Interests #3
Interview
Special Interests
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ETHER VOYAGE #2 Concert / performance by LE and Charlotte Engelkes together with Kent Tankred, Johan E Andersson, The Sons of God and Inga Känd, September 20, 2010, Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden. "Engelkes and Elggren pick up the thread from Concert for a Lost Queen at the Stockholm Concert Hall, October 2009. In this Hybrid-concert you will meet The (refound) Queen, The Spinning Wheel Orchestra and witness a new flying attempt with The Sons of God's magic carpet." More about this here
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THE FIREWORK APPENDIX Appendix is necessary; fantastic; fearless; sovereign; intelligent; non-commercial; commercial; dreamlike; political; headless – and therefore absolutely free of charge. Appendix is a crying voice in the desert, anonymous and unknown, innocent and lost, confused and gone with a wind, like dust, like small bushes, like an open car alone in the rain, like smoke, like a burning house, like a burning head, like you, like me, like everything that calculate similarity, loyalty, that calculate fear and what comes with that; people and beasts and all that crawls and run around in the night … More about this here
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ETHER VOYAGE #1
Concert / performance by LE and Charlotte Engelkes, September 9, 2010, Gaffel Art Park Event, Gävle, Sweden. More about this here
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SWEDISH CONCEPTUAL ART
September 4 - November 14, 2010, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden.
More about this here
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NO QUEEN IS A QUEEN (For Queen Elizabeth)
Episode 12. More about this here Photo: Marja-leena Sillanpää.
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RÉPONDEUR, PALAIS DE TOKYO, PARIS
Répondeur. Leif Elggren, Smell (part 2). 01 août 2010 - 31 août 2010. Ce programme est réalisé avec la complicité de Rahma Khazam, journaliste et critique. More about this here
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Photo: noid
///// KONFRONTATIONEN NICKELSDORF 2010, AUSTRIA, 15-18th JULY Curated by Mats Gustafsson & Hans Falb. Soundart-Exhibition (as of June 28): Marja-leena Sillanpää, Leif Elggren, Billy Roisz/dieb13, Kathrin Stumreich, Daniel Gyolcs, Heike Kaltenbrunner/Florian Waldner/Susanna Gartmayer, Klaus Filip/noid
Nickelsdorf
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BANANAFISH #16 "I Pity Inanimate Objects" interview with LE by M.Monroe.
Interview
Tedium House
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DET FRÄMMANDE FÄDERNESLANDET Project curated by Joakim Forsgren in relation to the Peace&Love festival, Borlänge, Sweden. Artists: Dorinel Marc, Sandra Isacsson, Daniel Boyacioglu, Leif Elggren. June 29 - July 1, 2010. More about this here
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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE June 2010, WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. More about this here
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FYSIOLOGISKA FREKVENSER Vernissage lördag 29 maj kl 12-17. MARTIN BRYDER GALLERY, Nygatan 12, Lund, Sweden. 29 maj – 20 juni 2010. More about this here
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Drawings 2004-2009 A new book released by Niklas Belenius Gallery, Stockholm, April 2010. 372 p. English / Swedish text. Offset printed. Letterpress printed softcover. Size 200 x 340 mm. ISBN 978 91 87066 33 5
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INGALILL A new CD in a limited edition on Rumpsti Pumsti, Berlin
More about this here
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Photo: Sara Elggren
TOCHNIT ALEPH & NK BERLIN PRESENTS:
LEIF ELGGREN - EXHIBITION. DVD PRESENTATION. LIVE PERFORMANCE. SUNDAY 25 APRIL 2010. NK. ELSENSTR.52. BERLIN 10259. More about this here
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Photo: Marja-leena Sillanpää
RUNDGÅNG (Feedback). A Medial Metamorphosis. - A three working days performance by Kristine Scholz, Mats Persson, Leif Elggren, Kent Tankred and Siv Johansson. Fylkingen, Stockholm, Friday 16/4 to Sunday 18/4, 2010 between 18.00–23.00. More about this here
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GOD’S NAME IS NOT SPELT CORRECTLY Books and letterpress prints 1981–2010 by LE. April 10 to May 8, 2010. Rönnells antiquarian bookshop, Stockholm. More about this here
And here
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EXQUISITE CODE Introducing Swedish semla to the people of England! The first Swedish semlas ever seen since the days of Emanuel Swedenborg (or maybe Ture Sventon) were made by the artist Liam Scully on the 19th of February 2010 in conjunction with the project Exquisite_Code at E:vent Gallery, London. The recipe for the semla was taken from the cover of the CD "The Summerhouse" (released 2007 by Michael Esposito, E Swedenborg and LE on Firework Edition Records). More about this here and here
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EXQUISITE CODE More about this here
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Paper for the conference "HOLY FACE – FACE OF GOD, FACE OF MAN"

CAROLINE LEVISSE: The Sudarium of St Veronica by Leif Elggren together with Claude Mellan, 2007. The Acoustic Dimension of the Holy Face. Paper and lecture for the conference ”Holy Face – face of God, face of Man”. [Sainte Face – visage de Dieu, visage de l’homme dans l’art contemporain. 19ème-20ème siècle”], Paris, INHA, 2009, Nov. 30 – Dec 1; organized by P.-L. Rinuy (Université Paris 8) et I. Saint-Martin (EPHE).
Paper and Lecture.

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PHYSIOLOGICAL FREQUENCIES

Solo exhibition by Leif Elggren at Passagen, Linköpings Konsthall, Sweden, 16.1. – 27.2.10

Solo exhibition by Leif Elggren at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm 3.12.09 – 7.1.10
more info here
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TOP SECRET (HEMLIGSTÄMPLAT) with Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg will now be released. TOP SECRET (HEMLIGSTÄMPLAT) is a new box on satumaa*kustantamo in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The release will take place at the Moderna Museet at a top secret point of time on December 20th, 2009. Curated by Marja-leena Sillanpää. www.myspace.com/marjaleenasillanpaa www.myspace.com/satumaakustantamo
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SKULL DEFEKTS & THE SONS OF GODBELOW THE RADAR 02. This CD-compilation © 2009 The Wire thewire.co.uk Skull Defekts & The Sons Of God. “Received & Transmitted” (Previously unreleased). Recorded by Joachim Nordwall, Kent Tankred, Henrik Rylander and Leif Elggren in Gothenburg 2008 at Studio Dental, which is located in the city’s Sahlgrenska hospital. The piece will eventually be released on LP on Important Records, while a second piece recorded at the same session will be released on CD by Utech Records in January 2010. More information here
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Sons of God Live in USA | November 2009

THE SONS OF GOD and Joachim Nordwall + Gen Ken Montgomery in Boston 6/11, New York 8/11 and Philadelphia 9/11. www.nonevent.org/ phillysoundforum.org/ Photo: Conny Fornbäck.

 

Leif Elggren | Live in London 19th & 20th November

The Tapeworm, England's new cassette-only label, is pleased to announce Leif Elggren will be performing "Life of the Plants" at The Night of the Long Worms at Café Oto, London, on 19.xi.09. More information can be found here and the next day Leif Elggren, presented by Sound Threshold, performs in celebration of the DVD release of Death Travels Backwards (Errant Bodies Records). Performances with Leif Elggren and Brandon LaBelle. Friday, November 20th, 6:30pm, The Showroom, London, 63 Penfold Street. www.theshowroom.org/
and you can read a full press release here

 

Recent Live Events, Projects & Activities

COLOUR OUT OF SPACE. Brighton's fourth annual festival 30th of October-1st of November 2009. Three days of unstructured, experimental sound and art drawn from an international subculture of musicians, artists and filmmakers.
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A LECTURE ENGULFED : MUSSEL, MUSE, MEDUSA. Jean-Philippe Antoine, Leif Elggren, Centre Pompidou, Paris, PETITE SALLE, MONDAY 26 OCTOBER, 7 PM. "(Moule, muse, méduse)2" pays tribute to Marcel Broodthaers (1921-1976) on the 33rd anniversary of his death. Jean-Philippe Antoine and Leif Elggren start out from the gesture whereby, in 1964, the Belgian poet sold out to the plastic arts by turning into a Pop artist, and reinstated the Mallarméan genealogy: the Throw of the Dice inventing “the modern and contemporary space of art”, versus a kitsch glorification of the song hailing from Romanticism. But this exercise in demystification through space, relentlessly subject to the bourgeois commodification that it was meant to counter, continues to be inhabited by invisible Muses and Sirens. Broodthaers strove to reinstate their presence, through novel “literary” methods borrowed from Nerval, Baudelaire, Banville, Mallarmé, and Heine. Thus comes forth, in the form of exhibitions and publications, the pre-history in the 19th century of the society of the spectacle, its survival, and its effectiveness in our present day, and lastly the modules of resistance which nestle therein. Started in the initially stable form of a lecture, "(Mussel, muse, medusa)2" will end as a spiritual concert. JEAN-PHILIPPE ANTOINE lives and works in Paris. LEIF ELGGREN lives and works in Stockholm.
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CONCERT FOR A LOST QUEEN. Rescue action in 6 movements for two performers, thousands of voices, ghost ship, spinning wheel, big bow and bulky objects. Premiere at the Swedish Concert House, Stockholm, 17 Oct 2009, 1930h. 18 Oct 2009, 1600h. Sweden’s most international performance star Charlotte Engelkes and the world-around-travelling composer and cellar-keeper Leif Elggren are meeting in a specially composed hybrid-concert for the Grünewaldsalen in Stockholm. The Collaboration started in the fall 06 when Engelkes and Elggren were invited by the Swedish Radio to create a new performance/concert for the Arts Birthday at the Modern Museum in Stockholm 2007. The piece “A Tin-can Crown” consisted of eight new written songs that were performed live together with a slide-show/video. The piece was broadcasted by radio in 13 European countries and was very successfully received. "Concert for a lost Queen" is their new collaboration and a performative concert piece for two performers, thousands of voices and musical objects. The performance is created from own texts and dream stories. The human dream cycle is used as a tool for to go through different worlds and levels of consciousness. Pre-recorded sounds are the basic source for the electronic composition and the arrangements for stories and songs. Different new invented and built sounding objects, instruments and video material are reinforcing this. The concert is a choreographed visual performance, inspired by string quartet, mass and mechanical workshop. Executed of course with most Royal grace. Charlotte Engelkes
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DAS DREIDIMENSIONELLE SCHRIFTSPRACHE. Lecture: Das Dreidimensionelle Schriftsprache. A journey through the impossible dimensions that is said to be closed for humans. About prophets, seers, saints and other people with the exceptional gift to be able to communicate with other worlds. Dedicated to Dr Konstantin Raudive. Organised by Kim and Sound Forest. 16th of July 2009 at 19:00. Spikeri, 12/1 Maskavas Street, RIGA, Latvia. www.kim.lv www.skanumezs.lv EVP
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BREAKTHROUGH. The image from a collaborative experiment (using the classic Dr. Konstantin Raudive technique with a Germanium diode to contact the other side) inside the Breakthrough project between Alejo Duque, Baruch Gottlieb, Leif Elggren and (at the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in Chicago) Michael Esposito at General Public, Berlin 27th of June, 2009. Photo: Alejo Duque. 1010.co.uk 1010.co.uk/org scrying.org
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Many Voices Report from aleij on Vimeo.


Leif Elggren live at Strand Sthlm from Andreas K on Vimeo.


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CELEBRATION OF A REVOLUTION. Solo show by Leif Elggren April 4-May 3, 2009. Live performance: Pär Thörn and LE. Photo: Jonatan Jacobson KRETS Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
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ROMA - THE ROAD TO CONTEMPORARY ART, 2009. WILLEM ANDERSSON,
 CM VON HAUSSWOLFF,
 LEIF ELGGREN
. 2nd–5th April, 2009. Gallery Niklas Belenius. Location: Complesso Monumentale di Santo Spirito in Sassia, Borgo Santo Spirito 2, Rome.
 Curated by Daniela Cascella.
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WE ARE ALL BORN TO BECOME ANGELS. (First published in Paletten #275, 1/2009.)
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FIVE FANS FOR SONIC PROTEST AND KAFFE. Concert at the Centre Culturel Suedois in conjunction with the Sonic Protest festival, Paris, December 9, 2008.
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KAFFE MATTHEWS & LEIF ELGGREN. Five Fans For Fylkingen. Thursday, November 27, 2008. Fylkingen 75 years anniversary, Stockholm. www.fylkingen.se
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Photo: Robert R Marsters www.krevlostandfoundministry.com

CHOP SHOP & LEIF ELGGREN. Saturday, November 1, 2008, 8pm. ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
 At the Old American Can Factory 
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor 
Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA here. Photo: Fabio Roberti
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BY COLLUSION. Audio-visual performance as a part of the eARTS festival in Shanghai, China, October 18, 2008.
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YELLOW & BLACK. Exhibition at Jr. Konsthallen, Linköping, Sweden. Aug 16-Oct 5, 2008.
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Something Must Break in the framework of the alternative music festival OFF in Myslowice, Poland. 7th - 11th of August 2008.
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ETT STRÄCK I RÄKNINGEN. LOTTA MELIN - LEIF ELGGREN - KRISTINE SLETTEVOLD. Exhibition and performance at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm. April 24-27, 2008.
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ILIOS Curating: "SDR Muestra de Arte Sonoro de Santander" with: Olivia Block, Leif Elggren, ILIOS, Zbigniew Karkowski/Tetsuo Furudate, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Francisco Lopez, Elgaland-Vargaland. 5-6 April 2008: Santander, Spain.
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The Church of St Jacob, Stockholm, March 21-23, 2008. The Sudarium of St Veronica.
Installation and first performance.
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MOVING FOREST. Berlin, transmediale.08 - CONSPIRE - Festival 30 Jan - 3 Feb 2008 - Opening 29 Jan 2008. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany. www.transmediale.de A durational sonica with citywide wifi transmission, February 1, 11:00 - 23:00 curated by Shu Lea Cheang + Martin Howse. Moving Forest is a 12 hour 5 act sonic performance to be intervened by an expandable citywide operatic manoeuver with public wifi and mobile technology. Derived from Kurosawa's film version of Macbeth, Spider Web Castle (aka Throne of Blood, 1957), Moving Forest renders the film's final sequences (12 minutes in length) into a 12 hour sonica of grand scale. Moving Forest presented by AKA THE CASTLE. AKA the castle is a temporal performance troop brought together to produce the 12 hour extravangaza Moving Forest. Conceived by Shu Lea Cheang and Martin Howse, AKA the castle pushes the network performance genre by gathering soundists, silk threaders, writers, visual artists, software artists, wifi fielders for a durational performance fueled with remorse, betrayal and a grand act of insurgency from people/s front. The players: Castle (HKW):; omen [Mattin]; remorse [Leif Elggren] - concept/setup; betrayal [Kaffe Matthews]; overthrow [Joachim Montessuis] - details; return [Phill Niblock with Natalia Pschenitschnikova], and many others.
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GALLERI KRONAN. Solo show at Galleri Kronan, Norrköping, Sweden February 23 - March 9, 2008. more info here
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FLYING SICKNESS IN THE SKY. Choreography by Lotta Melin. Moderna Dansteatern, Stockholm, October 17-18, 20-21, 24-28, 2007. Music by Leif Elggren. Set design by Leif Elggren and Lotta Melin. Dancer: Kristine Slettevold.
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LAMPO. #95 Chicago, February 24, 2007. Performance by Leif Elggren & Kevin Drumm. Photo: Angeline Evans.
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SOMETHING LIKE SEEING IN THE DARK. 2007, 25 January 22:30. Concert with John Duncan. Netmage 07. Also included: Aki Onda/Oren Ambarchi/Alan Licht, Emiliano Montanari w/David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Enrico Ghezzi, Asja Bettin, shortcircuits with Thomas Pynchon, Paul Virilio, Hideo Kojima. Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italia. Organized by xing. Photo by Luca Ghedo. Netmage07John Duncan
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CELEBRATION OF A REVOLUTION. Leif Elggren's "Celebration of a Revolution" screened at Sixth Annual Activating the Medium Festival 2006, San Francisco Art Institute.
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Illusion is a Natural Condition. CD packaging design for Dave Phillips + R. H.Y. Yau collaboration "Illusion is a Natural Condition." Features a series of ten original drawings by Leif Elggren lithographed on individual cards. Released 2005 on Auscultare Research/Ground Fault Recordings. Artwork: Leif Elggren. Layout: R. Yau. www.groundfault.net www.artnotcrime.net/dp www.23five.org/rhy
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WORKING DAY. Mats Gustafsson and LE. “Working day” (Creating free sounds for to eliminate the horrible injustice in the world). Three working days (full day concerts) at three different antiquariats in Stockholm 2003. Hundörat, Sankt Paulsgatan 15. May 14, 1200 – 1800. Andra Böcker & Skivor, Rörstrandsgatan 25, May 21. 1400 – 1830. Rönnells Antikvariat, Birger Jarlsgatan 32. May 28, 1000 – 1800. Mats Gustafsson here.
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ARRANGING FOR AN OPENING OF A TELEPORT TO SHANGRI-LA. Leif Elggren performing "Arranging for an Opening of a Teleport to Shangri-La" at the sixth annual Activating the Medium festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. February 7, 2003. Photo by Joe Johnston. More info here
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FLOWN OVER BY AN OLD KING. Leif Elggren solo exhibition at Färgfabriken, Stockholm, October 14 - November 26, 2000. Curator: CM von Hausswolff. Co-curator: Jan Åman. More info here.

 



The Ghost Orchid

Leif Elggren narrated the spoken word passages for PARC's "The Ghost Orchid - An Introduction to EVP". The ParaPsychic Acoustic Research Cooperative [PARC], in association with Ash International, is proud to present the first ever fully comprehensive investigation into the paranormal phenomenon of EVP, otherwise known as Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Without doubt EVP falls into the category of the paranormal alongside other unexplained mysteries such as ufology, life after death & poltergeist activity. The listener is guided through a collection of strange and mysterious voices that have appeared without explanation onto the tapes of EVP researchers. Included with the CD is a 24 page booklet containing commissioned articles which cover the conflicting views surrounding the EVP. Actual voice samples are reproduced here for the first time on compact disc: Polyglot Voices, Public Service Broadcasting, Interruptions across the airwaves, Singing Voices, Instant Response Voices, and the extraordinary Alien Voices. The CD also includes a commentary by the artist Leif Elggren (in English), and recordings of the work of Raymond Cass, England’s leading EVP researcher, and original member of the Fortean Group, and the Latvian EVP researcher, Dr. Konstanin Raudive.

This is now only available as a download from the TouchShop here.

 

Find God's Name!

Find God's Name!

 

Touch Music & TouchRadio | Publishing & Licensing

Leif Elggren is exclusively published by Touch Music [MCPS].

He has also contributed a piece to TouchRadio.

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The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland

King Leif l is one of the Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland, along with Carl Michael l. More information about the Kingdoms can be found here

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Discography

Leif Elggren product can be found in the TouchShop here


A full list of Firework Edition Records releases can be found here

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Biography & Photos




Leif Elggren (born 1950, Linköping, Sweden), is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm.

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Features & Press Coverage

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Yellow & Black | Permanent Installation

Yellow & Black
Permanent installation
13 Osward Road
London SW17

 

Yellow & Black

CLAIM

I hereby lay claim to this symbol, sign, icon, the combination of black and yellow, wherever it may appear, in this or any other world, in whatever shape, form, pattern or composition, be it civil or military. I hereby claim to be its originator and owner. (Leif Elggren 1977)

Photos, from 1978 to the present.

 

Ventilation



VENTILATION


More about ventilation here


Ventilation CD

 

Table of the Dead

TABLE OF THE DEAD

This table represent the Island of the Dead (Isola di San Michele) outside Venice, Italy. The table was first shown at the exhibition Isola di San Michele - The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm 16.02. - 10.03.2008. The table was also shown at the exhibition New Annexations, Mors Mössa Gallery, Göteborg, Sweden 23.08 - 14.09.2008

 

PHYSIOLOGICAL FREQUENCIES



PHYSIOLOGICAL FREQUENCIES


The first drawing in the ongoing series Physiological Frequencies started in 2004

 

The New Immortality

The New Immortality is a non-periodical tabloid paper, magazine or fanzine started in 2003. The New Immortality relates to the book with the same name by John William Dunne, London 1939. The New Immortality was also the title of an exhibition at Galleri Arton A in Stockholm, November 1990 by LE. The New Immortality is also the title of two seven inch vinyl releases by LE; the first released on Anckarström/Firework Edition in 1992 and the second released on Firework Edition Records in 1998. The New Immortality (the first seven inch) was cut with a drypoint needle and a record player. I was shouting loudly over and over again the words: "I am talking about if I only could talk!" The needle, resting on the wax in my gentle hand has hopefully registered something of the vibrations of my voice.

More about The New Immortality here

 

As If I Was My Father

AS IF I WAS MY FATHER.
"My father dies 1996; he reaches 90 years old; he is not my real biological father; I was adopted when I was two years old, anyway I have always considered him my father. He died and I have a vivid image of his appearance during his last days in the home for old people. I dress up in the same sort of underwear and take several photos of myself sitting in one of his favourite chairs. I am him and he is me."
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DEATH TRAVELS BACKWARDS.

DVD digipack with ten short films by LE and text by Brandon LaBelle and LE. ”Death Travels Backwards documents Elggren's ongoing engagement and use of video. Cataloguing a collection of works from 1999 to the present, Death Travels Backwards delivers an important overview of the artist's pursuit of the hidden secrets and spectral enigmas found within the everyday. What marks Elggren's video works is an under-standing of how image and sound work together to infuse the electronic material with an element of the uncanny, and to supply the imagination of the viewer with a glimpse onto infinity.” Released by Errant Bodies Records #05 (2009). More info here Design by Fliegende Teilchen
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SWEDENBORGS ORGAN
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Nicodemus Tessin the Younger:
David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl.

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PÄR THÖRN / LEIF ELGGREN
More about this here
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NAMIBIA. More about this here
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Fredrik Nyberg's new collection of poems ATT BLI VED and his Ph.D. dissertation HUR LÅTER DIKTEN? ATT BLI VED II. Drawings by LE on the cover.
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ALL ANIMALS ARE SAINTS. More about this here
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THE KINGS CURVE. More about this here
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IT IS SAID THAT NO QUEEN IS A QUEEN. Choc.236.  Volume 1 in 'The Well Spliced Breath' series, presenting some new choice cuts of voice, text/sound composisition, tape collage and the like. 
"It Is Said That No Queen Is A Queen was recorded 19th November 2011 by Alex Inglizian at Lampo, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago. The text was written by LE for the Concert For A Lost Queen, a performance / concert together with Charlotte Engelkes at the Swedish Concert House, Stockholm, 17 October 2009." All volumes in the series are a number edition of 60, in generic sleeves with unique insert. More about this here
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QUEEN CHRISTINA
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THE TIN-CAN CROWN. Before I go to bed I always use to sit down at the bedside cutting empty tin-cans and make them look like crowns. I use a heavy scissors and cut them roughly. I like the sharp edges and the careless shape. I make two or three almost every night. Mostly I use cans that have contained chopped tomatoes. I wash them and remove the paper labels. When they are ready I throw them under my bed. Today I think I got more than 2000 cans there under the bed in the dark.
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THE BABYLONIAN ROYAL CROWN. This is an air-filter from a SAAB 96. It suits my head perfectly and it have a surprising resemblance to a Babylonian Royal Crown that can be seen on 4000 years old stone carvings from the old Babylonian empire. The background is like the following: 1986 I went down to Copenhagen together with my friends and collegues Göran Littorin, Lars Hoffsten and Mathilda Henmark. We was driving down in Görans SAAB-96. We parked the car in Malmö and took the ferry over to Copenhagen. We stayed in Copenhagen for a couple of days, met some friends and had a good time. On our way back, it was late in the evening, we did not get the car starting. Some problems with the fuel supply. We worked all night trying to solve the problem. Early in the morning we removed the air filter and, by some reason, I just tried it on my head and it was perfect, the size was perfect (and the car started a bit later). I was so happy and asked Göran to give it to me while changing to a new one. And here we are!
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THE DEATHMASK OF CHARLES XII. Actually this is not a real deathmask taken as a casting from the kings face. -In 1718, a few days after the death of the king, the French sculptor Simon Josse modelled the original for this "deathmask" beside the king´s bier in Uddevalla, Sweden. I have used a bronze copy of the original as a source for this copy. I sell it as a multiple (500 copies) on Firework Edition for SEK 500 (plaster version).
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THE KNIFE. I stole this knife from my authentic fatal father when I was 12 and I am still happy about it.
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THE ENTRANCE TO THE SEWER SYSTEM. This is the entrance to my sewer system. It is related to many different sub structures. It is always an enticement to follow the whirlpool down to other strategies; to the rats and the pale alligators and the bacterias and the worms and the unwanted children and the false teeth and the finger nails and the forbidden ejaculations and the leftovers and the canaries and the lost dreams of a better future and the stolen money and the blood and the stinkpots and the bitterness and the many hangovers and the shame and the thrown up pills and the tangled hair of single living old women and the kidney stones and the backbiters and the creeps and the wasted flowers and the drugs and all the other amazing or non-amazing planets in the hole of the universe.
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THE THIRD POWER. Performance artists Marja-Leena Sillanpää, Pär Thörn and Leif Elggren explore the aesthetic implications of breakfast chats, printing ink and mishearings. They explore the fragmentary orchestra pit of music, the heroic features of everyday life and the emptiness of mass media. This performative work is realized through cut-up-technique, voice, improvisation and movement. Tredje statsmakten [The fourth estate of power] [The Third Power] has performed at Inkonst in Malmö and Weld in Stockholm (Sweden), Röda Sten In Göteborg (Sweden) and Gallery Myymälä in Helsinki (Finland). A new book called Tredje Statsmakten will be released in Malmö on the 6th of November 2010. http://www.myspace.com/tredjestatsmakten
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MICRO BIONIC. Radical Electronic Music And Sound Art In The 21st Century by Thomas Bey William Bailey. More about this here
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SONIC WARFARE. More about this here and here
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Three Aural Interpretations of a Drawing by Eric Lanzillotta.
In 2007 a posthumous release was done to fill in the missing catalog number NOM28. Three Aural Interpretations of a Drawing by Eric Lanzillotta is exactly that, and features specially commissioned recordings by Jeph Jerman, Leif Elggren and Ralf Wehowsky. This 7" record was pressed on clear vinyl in an edition of 250 copies and was mastered at 33 RPM to hold the 12 minutes of sound. This is all packaged in a poster sleeve that opens up to reveal the original drawing that inspired the sounds. This was a one off release, and no further releases on Anomalous Records are planned. This release is now sold out, but should still be available from a few other distributors. More about this here
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GOTTESDIENST. iDEALrecordings, iDEAL039, CD, 500 copies, 2005.11.30: Henrik Rylander (ex-Union Carbide Productions, also active in the Skull Defekts) and Leif Elggren (KREV, Firework Edition, the Sons of God) performed at Spire, live in Masthuggskyrkan in Gothenburg, wich was curated b Mike Harding of Toch, as part of Goteborg Art Sounds 2005. This long piece was executed at an extreme volume, and it was seriously painful to experience the damn thing. But here it has mysteriously become very listenable and even revealing a rhythm. It is a truly powerful piece by two of Swedens cutting edge artists. Features two remixes, one by the Idealist and the comeback of sound terrorist C.P.U. A very mysterious release. Even to us. More about this here
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THE NORTH IS PROTECTED. A film by John Duncan 2005. 19 minutes. Text by LE. Soundtrack by John Duncan and Jean-Louis Huhta. Filmed in and around Scrutto di San Leonardo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. More about this here
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EXQUISITE CODE. More about this here
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SOMETHING LIKE SEEING IN THE DARK. Stockholm, March 2011. 56 p. English text. Offset printed. Size 110 x 171 mm. ISBN 978 91 87066 36 X Firework Edition No. 118. Something Like Seeing in the Dark was written in July 2005 and performed live by LE in the concert with the same name together with John Duncan, January 25, 2007 at Netmage 07, Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italia. Something Like Seeing in the Dark was printed in a leaflet designed by Alisa Wolfson in conjunction with a concert by Kevin Drumm and LE, February 24, 2007 at Lampo, Chicago, USA. Something Like Seeing in the Dark (If other people exist then they are totally sealed secrets) was printed in the paper The New Immortality #4, Firework Edition, March 2007, Stockholm, Sweden. Something Like Seeing in the Dark was the title of an exhibition by John Duncan and LE at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm, October - November 2007. (Something Like Seeing in the Dark can be seen upon as a little brother to the book Physiological Frequencies.) (Something Like Seeing in the Dark is also related to the one sided LP If Other People Exist, released in May 2011 by Excrete Music #2, Firework Edition Records FER1092.)
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THE NORTH IS PROTECTED. Stockholm, 2011. 56 pp. English text. Offset printed. Size 110 x 171 mm. ISBN 978 91 87066 38 6. Firework Edition No. 119. www.fireworkedition.com – This text was written for and first published in the catalogue for the Nordic Pavilion, la Biennale di Venezia, June 10 - November 4, 2001, an exhibition by CM von Hausswolff, Tommi Grönlund, Petteri Nisunen, Anders Tomren and LE. “The North is Protected” on the CD “The Cobblestone Is The Weapon Of The Proletariat”, Firework Edition Records 2004. “The North Is Protected” a film by John Duncan 2005. 19 minutes. Soundtrack by John Duncan and Jean-Louis Huhta. Filmed in and around Scrutto di San Leonardo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. www.johnduncan.org – “The North is Protected” for the 3rd annual unofficial Nobel Peace Prize Internet art exhibition 2010 at www.nobelprize.no
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TÅNAGELN. Stockholm, maj 2013. 74 sidor. Svensk text. Offset. Trådbunden. Format: 110 x 171 mm. ISBN 978 91 87066 39 4. Firework Edition No. 120. www.fireworkedition.com www.fireworkeditionrecords.com
Den här boken skrevs under en längre vistelse i New York 2011 - 2012. Minnen och drömmar gör sej gällande och går i dagen i fullt dagsljus; exponeras och skärskådas. Med hjälp av ett visst avstånd. Ett gammalt mönster löses upp och en ny struktur tecknas. Finns där en bakomliggande och okänd drivkraft? Finns där ett dolt motiv? Kanske till och med en plan? Ett persongalleri skymtar, men själva huvudpersonen lyser starkt med sin närvarande frånvaro. En längtan efter ett nytt inträde, en ny vända. Som ett försök att få det ogjort. Kanske chansen till en genväg... Konungen är död, länge leve konungen! Föregångarna heter: The North Is Protected (2011), Something Like Seeing In The Dark (2011), Physiological Frequencies (2009), Genealogy (2005). "Det är så märkligt, min far håller på att återfödas med hjälp av en tånagel på min vänstra fot. Ringtånageln om man kan säga så. Den har varit lite liksom komplicerad länge den tånageln. Tjock och gul och ful och pinsamt berörd har man blivit när man tittat på den, men ingen har fått se den, den har hållits undan för de andra. Skämts bort, liksom. Fast med skam och skuld. Har jag gjort något fel?"
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DOM. Stockholm, March 2014. ISBN 978 91 87066 43 2. Firework Edition No. 124. 56 p. Swedish text. Offset printed. Size 110 x 171 mm.
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DEAD SOLDIERS and SAILORS too. Stockholm, March 2014. ISBN 978 91 87066 44 0. Firework Edition No. 125. 74 p. 64 drawings. English text. Offset printed. Size 110 x 171 mm.
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30 NOVEMBER. A collaboration between Carolus XII (source), Simon Josse (mask), Jan Håfström (arrangement), Joachim Nordwall (photo) and LE (text, print, mask copy).
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DEEP SHIT by Joachim Nordwall.
More about this here
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MATS B
Mats B died May 15, 2009 (born 1951). We had talked for many years about that I should take a photo of him in a well known elevator in central Stockholm. Unfortunately this never happend, but nevertheless now it is done: On December 14, 2010 I took this photo in that elevator with Mats B´s famous cane. Mats B is dead, long live Mats B! More about this here
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ANGEL1
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ANGEL2
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SALLY. Photo: Eva Arrhénborg.
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YES!
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DALARÖ 1992. Photo: Annika von Hausswolff.
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ON A PROMENADE WITH BABYLONIAN ROYAL CROWN.
Dalarö 1987. Photo: Eva Arrhénborg.
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SEMLAN. Engraving 1977.
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THE VIRGIN. Drypoint engraving 1984. More about this here
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Y&B HIGH HEEL. Design by Anna Grobgeld Leff.
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