Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Adoptations: TU EST L'AUTRE
is Carl Michael von Hausswolffs first solo-exhibition at Gallery Niklas Belenius.
In this show there are seven works by seven artists, including one anonymous. Six of the artists have no idea of that they're a part of this - they don't even know that I consider their works to be works of fine art. Five of the artists have passed away.
The title "Tu est l'autre" stems from the famous line "Je est un autre", stated in a letter written by Arthur Rimbaud in 1871. As I understand it, this quotation deals with Rimbaud's view on his work - that his writings seems to come from somebody else ... something else ... and that he is just some tool used by this unknown parasitic existence. I have taken his line and extended it to address this "someone else" - someone like you, perhaps - or someone similar to these fantastic people that I have forced into the world of contemporary art!
In any case I am more interested in bringing out the actual individual behind a certain type of activity then just sampling, transforming or ready-making someone else's work, making it my piece without mentioning the original source.
One might also say that the people that I have adopted for this show, conversely might be using me as a tool or a host for to enable them to show what they have been up to within their lives.
I have worked with some of these artists before:
Friedrich Jürgenson's pioneering EVP (electronic voice phenomena)- works are rather well know at this point as it has been exhibited in many places around the world after my initial retrospective of his work at Färgfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture in May 2000. His around 1000 recordings of voices from the "other side" now belongs to ZKM in Karlsruhe.
The piece by Olga Erikssson was exhibited at Färgfabriken in the show Dada East in 2007, curated by Adrian Notz and it was also presented by him at Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich.
The performance piece by Selmer Nilsen, filmed in 1971 by the Swedish filmmaker Staffan Lamm, was shown at Färfabriken Norr in Östersund as a part of the initiation show Teleport Färgfabirken curated by myself and Jan Åman 2008.
The works by James B. Irwin and Wu Ping has never been shown before. The film stills by the Anonymous artist are also new and never before exhibited. As they have been included in a movie, someone in the audience might have seen them flicker by in a darkish cinema. I found these stills, from a 35 mm film-roll, in Göteborg, 1978. They were laying around in a projection booth in an abandoned porn cinema as if the projectionist decided to dump them there as a result of a somewhat dubious film being broken. I have of course manipulated the images to my own taste and they have also been altered by laying around on the cinema floor as well as having spent almost thirty years in my archive.
I would like to thank the following people and organizations:
Staffan Lamm, Thomas Nordanstad, NASA, Olle Enberg, Metro, Alina Serban and the city of Geneva.