Two imaginary Kings are in Chiasso to think about all kinds of frontiers of mankind.
Title Clip 1 : Elgaland-Vargaland : Two kings for an artistic utopia
Some years ago, two Swedish dreamers and sound artists became the kings of two imaginary kingdoms : Elgaland-Vargaland. In their kingdoms, death doesn’t exist, everyone is free to do everything, everyone may become a king or change the royal constitution. The territories of these Kingdoms are composed by the physical borders between what is called nations, territories which belong to nobody, boundaries between dream and reality, between animals and human mankind. In two words, an artistic performance about all kinds of frontiers which divide or oppose.
The Spazio Lamp has become a Consulate of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. These kingdoms have been created in 1992 by the Swedish artists duo Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren, who took part to the Venice Biennale. A new chapter of this story takes place in Chiasso, during the Biennale of Imaginary.
Title Clip 2 : Elgaland-Vargaland : we want to be free and immortal!!!!
During the Biennale of Imaginary 2017, lo Spazio Lampo has become one of the Consulate of the KREV. This surrealistic event was very successful, as were many people were waiting there to get their citizenship. We followed the bureaucrat-parodic process to get this citizenship.
Title Clip 3 : here is a non-human citizen!
The photographer Robin Bervini was the official photographer at Spazio Lampo for applying citzens of the KREV. These new citizen are not all humans.
Title Clip 4 : And now, let’s take the frontiers : King’s speech after this pacifist conquest of these new territories.
Title Clip 5 : Micronations : dream, game, and art or creating a State.
It is easy to create a micronation : just imagination, maybe a little madness are needed. Behind this, politics, activism, opposition, and art.
Photos from the Ongoing KREV 25 Exhibition at Moderna Museet, Stockholm | 9th September to 12th November 2017
the pavilion was an older site for a canoe club by the railway station : some of the boat people came and asked what was going on and then ok:d it : then an armed guard came and asked what was going on and ok:d it after telling us that filming is not possible : then four armed police officers came and told us to leave the area since it belongs to the railway : we re-located to the small park just outside the pavilion where we laid out the All Gates Are Open sheet : then the armed police officers came again and said that we could not have our flag on the gate to the pavilion and then the police confiscated the red and black Elgaland-Vargaland banner : the second day we re-located to the former house where wine barrels were made in the past (Corte Botera) and proceeded to taste the Elgaland-Vargaland wine (a wonderful Nebbiolo) brought by the KREV Minister for Wine an Pleasure Mr Allessandro Avataneo : then we had the National Dish in the area.
credit goes to:
Yelena Mitrjushkina, Maria von Hausswolff, Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Adrian Notz, Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, Dorit Chrysler, Alessandro Avataneo and Mats Bigert.
NATIONAL ANTHEM POWWOW live at CABARET VOLTAIRE by:
EDVARD GRAHAM LEWIS • DORIT CHRYSLER • CARSTEN NICOLAI • MICHAEL ESPOSITO KEN MONTGOMERY • LUNA MONTGOMERY • SCOTT KONZELMANN • DAVE PHILLIPS • TARA BHATTACHARYA • MARJA-LEENA SILLANPÄÄ • THIERRY CHAROLLAIS • KLARA LEWIS ACHIM MOHNE • JOHN DUNCAN • FRANCISCO MEIRINO • RICK REED • LARY SEVEN
• hosted by ADRIAN NOTZ • LEIF ELGGREN • CM VON HAUSSWOLFF
• Book launch: Elgaland-Vargaland 25 years – published by Cabaret Voltaire and Art & Theory.
• dublab radio special hosted by Mike Harding in Los Angeles
14th May 2016
Annexation of Switzerland as a Border by the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. Speeches by MKW Michael I, MKW Leif I and KREV Ambassador for Zürich Adrian Notz. Concert and dance by CM von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren.
place: Main Railway Station, Zürich.
Report from Achim Mohné
15th May 2016
Creation of the KREV Manifesto 2016 by all artists at CABARET VOLTAIRE!! “The Open Word / The Open Mouth / The Open Speech”
Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich