The Inauguration is over, but the Kingdoms, and their Embassy in Philadelphia, are eternal!
You can find out more about the Kingdoms at the Elgaland-Vargland official website.
Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American St
United States of America
A royal visit from their majesties Kings Leif Elggren & Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Mike Bullock presents The Inauguration of the Philadelphia Embassy of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) - a weekend of performance, music, video, and art.
Swedish artists Leif Elggren (King Leif I) and Carl Michael von Hausswolff (King Michael I) founded KREV in 1992. They describe it as "the largest and most populous realm on earth, incorporating all boundaries between other nations as well as the digital territory and other states of existence."
The Embassy Inauguration will feature a passport-making ceremony, where audience members can become citizens of KREV; renditions of the KREV national anthem; annexation of the crack in the Liberty Bell. The evening will end with a concert of three electronic music performances.
Special public preview: exhibition of KREV porcelain, prints, sculptures, audio and video
Friday is KREV Kings Day. Come celebrate with a slice of cake!
Open gallery hours
Lamination Ceremony by Ken Montgomery aka Egnekn, the Minister of Lamination; and Andrea, the Enchantress of Bioluminosity
Passport Ceremony. Become a citizen of KREV! Submit citizenship application, take a passport photo in the photo booth, and get a KREV passport made by the Kings.
Reception and gallery hours. Drinks & snacks will be available.
Inauguration Ceremony, with annoucement of the annexation of the crack in the Liberty Bell.
Dinner break. Doors to Icebox temporarily close to set up for concert.
Doors to Icebox re-open
8:00 Bhob Rainey and Ian M Fraser: split solos
9:00 CM von Hausswolff solo
10:00 Sons of God: Leif Elggren & Kent Tankred (with Mike Bullock)
The Inauguration of the Philadelphia Embassy of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Leif Elggren is co-founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, where he rules as King Leif I.
Active since the late 1970s, Leif Elggren has become one of the most constantly surprising conceptual artists to work in the combined worlds of audio and visual. A writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer, he has many albums to his credits, solo and with the Sons of God, on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and his own Firework Edition. His music, often conceived as the soundtrack to a visual installation or experimental stage performance, usually presents carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. His wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and events taking on the quality of icons.
Together with artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, he is a founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) where he enjoys the title of King.
Elggren spent five years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, specializing in drawing, design and book printing. In the late ‘70s he began to associate with performance groups, meeting people like Hausswolff and Thomas Liljenberg. With the latter he formed Firework in 1978, a duo that put up exhibitions and performances. Around the same time he purchased a press and started to publish art books.
In 1988 he formed the duo Guds Söner (The Sons of God) with Kent Tankred, whom he had met four years earlier. The duo excels in creating long, puzzling stage performances that give equal roles to physical action (or inaction) and soundtrack (live or taped) with themes such as violence, love, the quotidian, food and royalty.
Elggren released his first 7" records in 1982 and 1984 on Hausswolff's label Radium. A first solo LP, Flown Over by an Old King, came out in 1988. The inception of Firework Edition in 1996 allowed Elggren to release more of his music and the growing popularity of installation art in avant-garde music circles (thanks to its ties with experimental electronica) has given his work more international exposure since the late ‘90s. Other key solo works include Talking to a Dead Queen (1996) and Pluralis Majestatis (2000).
Together with Hausswolff, Elggren represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2001 (with Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen from Finland and Anders Tomren from Norway).
In 2007 he appeared (with John Duncan) at the Netmage festival in Bologna organized by xing, and executed "Something Like Seeing in the Dark."
Leif Elggen is also a member of Guds Söner (or The Sons of God) with Kent Tankred.
CM von Hausswolff is co-founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, where he rules as King Michael I.
Since the end of the 1970s, CM von Hausswolff has worked as a composer using the tape recorder as his main instrument and as a conceptual visual artist working with performance art, light- and sound installations and photography.
His audio compositions from 1979 to 1992, constructed almost exclusively from basic material taken from earlier audiovisual installations and performance works, consists essentially of complex macromal drones with a surface of aesthetic elegance and beauty. In later works, Hausswolff has retained the aesthetic elegance and the drone and added a purely isolationistic sonic condition to composing. Between 1996 and 2008 Hausswolff has boiled away even more ornamental meat from the bones: his works are pure, intuitive studies of electricity, frequency functions and tonal autism within the framework of a conceptual stringent cryption. Lately he has also developed a more conceptual form of audio art overlooking subjects such as architecture and urbanism, rats and maggots. Collaborators include Graham Lewis, Jean-Louis Huhta, Pan sonic, Russell Haswell, Zbigniew Karkowski, Erik Pauser, The Hafler Trio and John Duncan. His music and sound art can be found on labels such as Touch, Ash International, Laton, Oral, RasterNoton, Firework Edition, SubRosa and Die Stadt. His music is published by Touch Music, London.
Kent Tankred is a visual artist and composer. He has served as KREV Minister of Revelations since the earliest days of The Kingoms of Elgaland-Vargaland.
Tankred studied painting in the early 70s before studying at EMS (Institute for Electro-Acoustic Music) in Stockholm with Rolf Enström and Jan W Morthenson. He is interested in musical encounters with other art forms, particularly pictorial art, which has resulted in fusions where his music has also functioned as installations at exhibitions. The multi slide presentation Riot, which was shown in Berlin in 1988 was created in collaboration with the graphic artist Leif Elggren. Tankred and Elggren work together on a regular basis as a performance duo, calling themselves The Sons of God. Tankred aims to strengthen the ties between music, movement and image and also to avoid conventional forms of expression. He often uses a "concresizer," a kind of instrument, which he has constructed himself which controls different types of sound sculptures from a keyboard. His works have been exhibited in different places in Sweden and Europe. Tankred has been the president of the Fylkingen society between 1993-98.
Mike Bullock is a composer, intermedia artist, and writer based in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. His work encompasses improvisation, electroacoustic composition, modular synthesis, intermedia installation, contrabass and bass guitar, porcelain making, illustration, and critical writing.
Bullock has been performing electroacoustic improvised music since the mid 90s and has performed across the US and in Europe, at venues such as Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; Instants Chavirés in Paris; Café OTO in London; Experimental Intermedia and ISSUE Project Room in New York City; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC in Troy, NY. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Intermedia artist Linda Aubry Bullock, as Aubry Arts Porcelain Manufactory, created a series of KREV royal porcelain tableware conceptualized with Elggren and von Hausswolff. These works will be exhibited along with monument to the KREV Constitution made of porcelain and sound, created with Mike Bullock. Her video projections will run during the exhibition and performance periods of the event. Linda is the chief visual designer for the KREV Philly Embassy, having also created the Liberty Bell logo, print program, and coloring book for this event.
Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from New England Conservatory ('97), where he studied with iconoclastic microtonalist Joe Maneri, jazz legends Paul Bley and Ran Blake, and the mathematically gifted composer Pozzi Escot.
In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, Rainey founded the duo Nmperign, which was highly influential in an emerging phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers across generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.
By the mid-2000's, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.
Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working especially with theater makers and choreographers. Since 2012 he has worked with theater company New Paradise Labs, composing for The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and O Monsters (2016). He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross's 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim's and Marion Ramirez's site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014.
Rainey was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2013, and in 2014 he received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum to complete a multimedia project with filmmaker Catherine Pancake.
To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader.
Rainey is also the web developer for the KREV Philly Embassy.
Ian M Fraser is a computer musician working in free improvisation and algorithmic-based composition. His primary focus is generative structures, pseudo-artificial intelligence, and stochastic processes. With Reed Evan Rosenberg, he works with the continual development of Keroaän, a musical Artificial Intelligence designed to perform without any human intervention whatsoever. In live performance they combine live generative works with real-time visualizations utilizing high intensity strobe lights and lasers.
The KREV Ministry of Lamination is Ken Montgomery, aka Egnekn, The Minister of Lamination; and Andrea, The Enchantress of Bioluminosity.
Ken Montgomery is a New York-based artist whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies and eighties led to the creation of Generator, the first sound art gallery in New York City. Located first in the East Village in 1989, and later in Chelsea, Generator’s wide scope and novel approach toward sound art made it a vector-point for some of the most interesting and important artists from around the world. Generator also featured a self-service Lamination Station that led to Montgomery’s appointment as Egnekn, The Minister of Lamination in the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. Egnekn, the world’s foremost practitioner of sonic Lamination, has been performing Lamination Rituals in many settings and in many countries since 1994. Montgomery has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Conrad Schnitzler, Andrea Beeman, Leif Elggren, David Lee Myers (Arcane Device), Zoe Beloff, Michael Zodorozny (Crash Course in Science), and Istvan Kantor (Monty Cantsin).
As a composer Montgomery’s music has been released on the finest labels in the world - Noise Below (Greece), Chocolate Monk and Touch (UK), VOD Records (Germany), Esplendor Geometrico, (Spain), Staalplaat and De Fabriek (The Netherlands), Firework Editions (Sweden), XI Records, Banned Productions, GD Stereo, Pogus and Tellus (USA), XV Parowek (Poland), and Monovision (Russia).
People like Montgomery are gifted with a sympathetic inner ear, extracting juices of consequence from what could appear unadorned triviality. It’s the inside logic that wins, electroacoustic junk turned into thought-provoking aural stimulation at the end. — Massimo Ricci
Andrea Beeman is a performing artist, choreographer and teacher whose versatile performance palette ranges from the traditional dances of the Middle East and India to technologically savvy multimedia performance art. Since 1987 she has performed in theaters, concert halls, cabarets, restaurants, nightclubs, museums, and universities in NYC and abroad. Since 2009 she has been a member of the post-punk/new wave electronic band Crash Course in Science. Inspired by the magic and movement of bioluminescent organisms, she created her performance persona the Enchantress of Bioluminosity in 1999, when she also began transforming ephemera into permanence with Egnekn the Minister of Lamination. Whether it’s baladi or bioluminosity, she combines a love of music and dance with a reverence for tradition and a search for new expressive frontiers.