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EARLY BIRD tickets for Gjenlyd

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:16

The mini festival Gjenlyd will take place on April 30th from 14-19h at Bergen University College. EARLY BIRD tickets before March 15!

For the one-day mini-festival GJENLYD, the contemporary music scene in Bergen will be celebrating local hero Morten Eide Pedersen, new music pioneer Pierre Boulez and compositional contortionist Ruben Sverre Gjertsen – whose music is famously impossible to play.

Read more about the festival here, and get your tickets here!

Ultimo Scenario

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:50

The exhibition “Ultimo Scenario” at the old Children’s Clinic at Haukeland University Hospital, exhibits works by 15 artists which in their practices are concerned with situations and site specificity. The artists engage with themes like the building’s architectural history, materials found on the premises, sounds and images that connect to the site, and personal experiences as next of kin at the clinic.

Image above: The sound installation “Murmur” by Daniela Ramos Arias
Images to the right: Stills from “Essay on Color” (2017) by Anne Marthe Dyvi

In collaboration with Trond Lossius (BEK), Daniela Ramos Arias has made the site specific sound installation “Murmur”, where the sound of her son’s heartbeat wanders back and forth in the corridor. Anne Marthe Dyvi (BEK) shows the new video work Essay on Color, a translation of language into color. BEK has lend technical equipment to both Samuel Brzeski and Cecilia Johnson, related to production and display of their works.

Vernissage Saturday 18.02 at 17:00

Opening hours:
Sunday 19.02. 11:00-17:00
Monday 2.20. 13:00-19:00
Tuesday 21.2. 13:00-19:00

The old Children’s Clinic at Haukeland University Hospital will be demolished during 2017 to make way for Bergen’s new Children and Youth Hospital. In a collaboration with VISP, Kunstfrisk and Haukeland University Hospital have initiated an exhibition at the premises of the Children’s Clinic 18-21 February 2017. The exhibition is curated by Elias Björn, Gard Andreas Frantzsen and Jane Sverdrupsen. Coordinator of the exhibition is Daniela Ramos Arias.

“Ultimo Scenario” shows works by 15 artists who have been chosen specifically for their ability and interest in working with site-specific projects. The artists have been invited to shed light on aspects of the Children Clinic’s history and its role in society over the 66 years it has existed. The clinic provides in an artistic sense an interesting context that the artists have been encouraged to explore according to their own interests and practices. In order to By emphasizing diversity in the selection process the curators have chosen artists that employ a wide range of methodologies and thematic approaches in their practices.

Topics the artists explore span from the building’s architectural history to personal experiences as next of kin at the clinic. Several artists have appropriated found materials on the premises that was deemed useless by the hospital as the clinic closed down, others again make use of sound and images connected to the site.

The exhibition provides a last opportunity to experience to the building that has had its lifespan in a period that coincides with what has been deemed as Norway’s golden age, from the postwar period to the present day.

Participating artists
Daniela Ramos Arias, Karin Blomgren, Samuel Brzeski, Eleanor Clare, Anne Marthe Dyvi, Duncan Higgins, Rasmus Andreas Hungnes, Cecilia Jonsson, Gabriel Kvendseth, Anne Helen Mydland, Suvi Nieminen, Charlotte Piene, Corrina Thornton, Sveinung Rudjord Unneland & Borghild Rudjord Unneland

Read more about the exhibition here

The exhibition is supported by Haukeland University Hospital, Faculty of Art, Music and Design – UiB, VISP, BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts and Lydgalleriet.

Time and place:
  • Den gamle Barneavdelingen ved Haukeland universitetssykehus - 18/02/2017 to 21/02/2017

Gisle Martens Meyer: There is no Here, Here

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:08

Facing us on stage: a musician. He plays electronica. Works his machines like a hacker. But we can see him much better on screen. There, reality is different, and constantly changing.

The performance is co-produced by BEK, with BIT Teatergarasjen. A version was also shown at Oktoberdans 2016.

Behind the controls he directs his own live screen life. We see him there on stage, and we see him on film, in social media, in video games, on digital screens in the screen, in selfies, on Instagram, on posters, in commercials, in dating apps… Where we really are and what we see, soon becomes a big question. Where does this performance take place?

“There is no Here, Here” is based on William Gibson’s books, the science fiction author who invented the word cyberspace, and his bleak visions of lonely hackers battling digital reality. This is no longer fiction, no longer future. Today we all live in these fragmented realities. The devices control us, digital profiles socialize for us, algorithms choose for us – the Internet of things connects us to an increasing extent, the Net is always with us, and we, we are no longer really here.

Find more info and tickets at BIT Teatergarasjen

After the performance there will be post performance rave with Anders G February 24th and Marikie February 25th!

Time and place:
  • Østre - 24/02/2017 to 25/02/2017

Workshop opportunity at Borealis!

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:17

March 8-10th
Morning sessions: 10:00-12:00
Afternoon sessions: 15:00-17:00

Throughout Borealis, composer and live coder Thor Magnusson and writer Bergsveinn Birgisson will be holding a workshop on writing and sound at Lydgalleriet.

Read more about the workshop here.

To participate in the workshop, contact mei@lydgalleriet.no

OPEN CALL: Artist in Production Residency in Västra Götaland

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:03

Application deadline February 28th!

The residency supports an international artist’s moving image project with a three month long scholarship, travels, accommodation, project funding and resources, regional and national networks. The residency can be adapted after the artist’s wishes and needs, and include meetings with artists based in Sweden, filmmakers, and industry, as well as access to studios and technology at the forefront.

The residency is a collaboration between Borås Museum of Modern Art, Kultur i Väst, Region Västra Götaland and Iaspis, the Swedish Art Grants Committee’s international programme for visual- and applied artists. Our ambition is to facilitate the work of an international visual artist with a moving images production. The residency administration aim to create a production network that spans over the region’s art scene as well as the region’s film production facilities.

Read more about the residency and how to apply here

Hauan and Urstad: SPRANG

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:16

ISPRANG is a composition of sound that transforms into light and activates a pattern of optical fibres. The installation uses the window towards the sea as a reverberating surface, so that parts of the sound can be heard from the square outside Visningsrommet.

SPRANG can be experienced February 3rd – 19th at Visningsrommet USF, in a version made especially for this room. BEK has been consultant for the sound work, and the installation has been set up with BEK’s equipment.

The exhibition opens Friday February 3rd at 18.00 -20.00, and will be opened by Gunnar Danbolt. See Visningsrommet USF’s website for opening hours during the exhibition period.

Utgangspunktet for verket SPRANG er hentet fra gammel kunnskap. Her møter den urgamle, tekstile teknikken sprang lydlige fenomen som overtoner, lydbølger og vibrasjon basert på Pytagoras’ teorier om akustikk og geometri. Sprang som tekstil teknikk har vært kjent i Norden helt fra bronsealderen. Den er en måte å konstruere et stoff på ved bruk av oppspente tråder og kan minne om en enkel form for vev hvor det kun er renning.

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan har siden 2007 samarbeidet om en rekke fiberoptiske lydinstallasjoner, med visninger på blant annet Lydgalleriet i Bergen, Intervall – Bergen Rådhus initiert av Curate.no, Article Biennalen i Stavanger, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum og SOFT galleri i Oslo.
Utstillingen i Visningsrommet USF er den tiende i rekken og markerer også at det er ti år siden deres første felles utstilling på Kaunasbiennalen fant sted ved Nasjonalmuseet i Kaunas i 2007.

Hilde Hauan er fra Tromsø og arbeider i Bergen. Hun er kunstner og professor på Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, UiB.Hun har utstillingserfaring fra en rekke land.
www.hildehauanjohnsen.no

Maia Urstad bor og arbeider i Bergen. Hun har bak seg en lang rekke audiovisuelle utstillinger i inn- og utland, sist på Radiorevolten i Halle, Tyskland og ved Foundation PROA i Buenos Aires. ´
www.maia.no

Utstillingen er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Hordaland fylkeskommune, BEK – Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst og KHiB.

Photo credit: Svein Ove Kirkhorn

Time and place:
  • Visningsrommet USF - 03/02/2017 to 19/02/2017

Off the Page - the music festival without music - at Landmark January 27-28th

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:01

Have you ever been to a concert and felt that the conversation you had at the bar about the music was just as interesting as the music on stage? Off The Page turns down the volume on stage and directs the spotlight to the conversation.

At Landmark in Bergen Kunsthall you will meet musicians, writers, composers, critics and artists who gather to talk about and explore ideas around music – why it means so much and how it can make a difference in our lives.

The aim of Off The Page is to bridge the genre gaps and focus on the ideas behind and around music. The festival is structured as a live version of the music magazine The Wire, with talks, lectures, panels and performances. We also present a set of relevant films about music and a rich, alternative music market.

The programme includes talk on sleeve art by Rob Young, an elegy to FM by Maia Urstad, performance lecture on the Radiophonic Workshop with Thora Dolven Balke, a Tony Conrad documentary screening, The Wire DJs and more. See the full program at nyMusikk’s website.

Off The Page in Bergen is arranged by nyMusikk and The Wire, in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall and Landmark.

Launching of Future DiverCities

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:35

As one of the key partners in Future DiverCities, it is with great pleasure BEK invites to the opening of Future DiverCities. The launch will take place at the digital art festival Chronique in Marseille on January 29. The launch features a strong artistic program, where amongst others HC Gilje shows his light installation In Transit X in Alcazar Library in Marseille.

Future DiverCities acts as an incubator for cultural innovation and new practices in creativity by stimulating risk taking through the creation of artworks in challenging urban environment. An important part of Future DiverCities is the holistic program by the 10 key partners hosting creative labs.

More about the launching event and Chronique
More about Future DiverCities

Time and place:
  • Marseilles - 29/01/2017 to 30/01/2017

Eide Bøen and Sletteland: The Table Turns

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:24

Did you miss The Table Turns during Oktoberdans 2016, or want to see the performance again? On January 28 og 19 you have the chance to see it at Wrap!

Karen Eide Bøen and Roar Sletteland have created a dance performance for four turntables and a dancer, where they examine the relationship between body, sound, turntables and room. The Table Turns is about freedom and power on the dance floor. It’s about LPs, stored movement, solidified vibrations and sound that revived matter.

I The Table Turns er danseren utstyrt med bevegelsessensorer og kontrollerer platespillerne ved hjelp av disse. Platespillerne er modifisert slik at hastigheten kan justeres trinnløst i begge retninger, og stiften flyttes mekanisk til ulike steder på platen. Utviklingen av systemet har foregått på BEK.

Danseren danser og spiller på en gang, noe som skaper en situasjon der musikken er resultat av bevegelsene. Paradoksalt nok medfører denne kontrollen et tap av frihet, en radikal innsnevring av bevegelses-mulighetene. Siden danseren er avhengig av å danse frem det hun skal danse til, vil dans og musikk skape og motarbeide hverandre i samme bevegelse. Ved å snu forbindelsen mellom lyd og bevegelse stiller forestillingen spørsmål om forholdet mellom individ og fellesskap, om maktforholdet mellom dans og musikk, og spenningen mellom dans som kunstform og dans som sosial aktivitet.

Konsept/dans: Karen Eide Bøen
Konsept/elektronikk: Roar Sletteland
Dramaturg: Gulli Sekse 
Scenografi: Apichaya Wanthiang
Scenografisk assistent: Markus Moestue 
Lysdesign: Leo Preston
Assistent lysdesign: Dominique Pollet 
Produsent: Gulli Sekse

Forestillingen ble første gang vist på Oktoberdans 2016. Den er et prosjekt i BIT-Teatergarasjens Intro-serie, og er co-produsert av WRAP og BEK.

Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og FFUK

Time and place:
  • Kunsthuset Wrap - 28/01/2017 to 29/01/2017

Lillebostad and Vaage: For stadig å bli

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34

“For stadig å bli” is a choral piece for 15 separate voices, made by Sissel Lillebostad and Knut Vaage. The piece concerns listening and distance, and is based on a recording from a concert in Bergen Public Library, where the choir Gneis performed “For stadig å bli” for a wandering audience.

“For stadig å bli” can be heard at Lydgalleriet, and opens Friday January 20 at 19.00 The piece has been edited in BEK’s sound studio by Thorolf Thuestad.

Under konserten på Bergen bibliotek høyrde songarane berre ein eller to av dei andre i framføringa. Songen vandra slik mellom dei som ein forsinka impuls, skubba vidare med ørsmå endringar. Ei og ei stemme song, nesten isolert, sin del av partituret. For at stykket skulle fungera måtte kvar songar anstrengja seg hardt for høyre kva som kom frå dei andre. Installasjonen fordeler dei 15 stemmene gjennom like mange høgtalarar. I biblioteket kunne ingen høyre heile verket, på Lydgalleriet er sjansen større, men stemmene vil ikkje kunne høyrast likt, samstundes. Alt avheng av kor du står.

Kunstnerisk konsept: Sissel Lillebostad
Komponist: Knut Vaage
Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad
Lydmateriale: Opptak av kammerkoret Gneis under leiing av Tore Kloster

More about the installation and opening hours at Lydgalleriet’s website

Prosjektet er støtta av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og BEK.

Time and place:
  • Lygalleriet - 20/01/2017 to 05/02/2017

Lillebostad og Vaage: For stadig å bli

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34

“For stadig å bli” er et korverk for 15 adskilte stemmer, laget av Sissel Lillebostad og Knut Vaage. Verket omhandler lytting og avstand, og baserer seg på opptak frå en konsert i Bergen bibliotek, der koret Gneis framførte “For stadig å bli” for et vandrende publikum.

“For stadig å bli” kan høres på Lygalleriet, og åpner fredag 20.januar kl 19. Verket har blitt redigert i BEKs lydstudio av Thorolf Thuestad.

Under konserten på Bergen bibliotek høyrde songarane berre ein eller to av dei andre i framføringa. Songen vandra slik mellom dei som ein forsinka impuls, skubba vidare med ørsmå endringar. Ei og ei stemme song, nesten isolert, sin del av partituret. For at stykket skulle fungera måtte kvar songar anstrengja seg hardt for høyre kva som kom frå dei andre. Installasjonen fordeler dei 15 stemmene gjennom like mange høgtalarar. I biblioteket kunne ingen høyre heile verket, på Lydgalleriet er sjansen større, men stemmene vil ikkje kunne høyrast likt, samstundes. Alt avheng av kor du står.

Kunstnerisk konsept: Sissel Lillebostad
Komponist: Knut Vaage
Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad
Lydmateriale: Opptak av kammerkoret Gneis under leiing av Tore Kloster

Prosjektet er støtta av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og BEK.

Time and place:
  • Lygalleriet - 20/01/2017 to 05/02/2017

CANCELLED - “ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ - a workshop with Andrew M. McKenzie

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:20

Due to health issues this workshop unfortunately is postponed.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is a workshop/training resulting in a 14 hour performance, which itself is a coalescence and practical demonstration of the techniques and strategies developed during the preceding days.

This workshop and performance will show you what you know, and what you don’t know that you know!

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is the culmination of roughly 35 years active research, mistake making, experiment and application of and into techniques and practices of development over a wide range of human endeavor by Andrew M.Mckenzie, the founder member of The Hafler Trio.

As life in the modern world quickens, shallows, intensifies in quantity and not quality, having the tools to take control of perception means that you can deal with situations which until now, you thought were beyond your power to control, leading to a place where the deepest desires and their manifestation in the world are available in a state of real Freedom.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is a workshop dealing with techniques for Time Distortion, Hypnosis, Power Focus, Deep Concentration, and new ways of thinking fused with the best of the old. At the end of the week, you will be using a set of tools that will be the difference that makes the difference in your life, whatever you do, and you will be equipped to take part in an unprecedented performance using the techniques you have learned lasting 14 hours – taking you to places that you never actually even thought about dreaming of!

Andrew M. McKenzie, core of The Hafler Trio, Instructional Designer, Hypnotherapist, Mood Engineer and Maker of Strange Things guides you through the processes that will allow you to take control of the power in your life, from the basics to indications of where the advanced may well lie for you. Drawing on over 30 years of experimentation (learning painfully so you don’t have to), research, practice and practical implementation with a wide range of disciplines and techniques dealing with the REAL issues of power and control, a new relationship from a new set of perspectives with Technology and the Self becomes not only possible, but extremely desirable.

No musical training or technical knowledge necessary.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is open to all willing participants.

Practical info

The workshop takes place at Bergen Kjøtt Monday to Friday 10:00 – 15:00.

The workshop concludes with a 14 hour durational performance distributed over several of the spaces at Lydgalleriet/Østre, starting Friday at 18:00 and ending Saturday morning at 08:00. 12 hours of the performance from Friday 19:00 to Saturday 07:00 are open to the audience, while the first and final hours of the performance are exclusive to the workshop participants.

This workshop and performance is produced in collaboration between BEK, Bergen Kjøtt, Lydgalleriet and Ny Musikk Bergen.

Sign up

Sign up by sending a mail to trond.lossius@bek.no with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone number

The workshop is free.

Andrew McKenzie

British artist Andrew M. McKenzie was born in the UK in 1963. As a teenager at the epicentre of punk culture in the late 1970s, he brought his budding interest in art and sound together in a project that would have nothing to do with frustrated rock n’ roll or political sloganeering. The project, called “The Hafler Trio”, bloomed in the early 1980s as a platform for McKenzie’s groundbreaking explorations of sound, music and esoteric spirituality. The project as such still exists some 30 years later on and has gone through many different phases and collaborations, often based on impressions of the locations where he’s lived, like the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia and, most recently, Latvia.

With album titles like Fuck, Masturbatorium, I Never Knew That’s Who You Thought You Were, A Thirsty Fish, Being a Firefighter Isn’t Just About Squirting Water, Three Ways of Saying Nothing, and a book title like Plucking Feathers from a Bald Frog, it isn’t hard to sense some kind of kinship with surrealism and Dada in McKenzie’s work. In 2009, he even recorded his own version of Tristan Tzara?s classic song La Chanson Dada.

In the early 1980s, writer William Burroughs and painter Brion Gysin were enthusiastically revived and revered by a new generation of artists not only inspired by a romanticized Beatnik lifestyle but also by the magical theories behind the experimental writing and art. The symposium The Final Academy in London in 1982 showcased these gentlemen in an apprehensive environment that in many ways acted as a springboard for pushing their ideas onwards. For Andrew McKenzie, meeting these icons led to his developing a do-it-yourself Dreamachine kit in collaboration with Gysin and others.

In the mid-2000s, McKenzie developed a concept called “Complementary Education” or “Complemation”. Integrating composition, recording and performing with hypnosis and efficiency techniques in a group setting, he has successfully organised several of these events or workshops in different countries. Instead of working with these separate fields of interest, he has merged them and invited others to join in. The resulting pieces of music from each session are used later on as fundamental building blocks in future workshops. Thereby creating, in theory at least, an endless piece of music.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Kjøtt / Lydgalleret - 13/02/2017 to 18/02/2017

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ - a workshop with Andrew M. McKenzie

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:20

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is a workshop/training resulting in a 14 hour performance, which itself is a coalescence and practical demonstration of the techniques and strategies developed during the preceding days.

This workshop and performance will show you what you know, and what you don’t know that you know!

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is the culmination of roughly 35 years active research, mistake making, experiment and application of and into techniques and practices of development over a wide range of human endeavor by Andrew M.Mckenzie, the founder member of The Hafler Trio.

As life in the modern world quickens, shallows, intensifies in quantity and not quality, having the tools to take control of perception means that you can deal with situations which until now, you thought were beyond your power to control, leading to a place where the deepest desires and their manifestation in the world are available in a state of real Freedom.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is a workshop dealing with techniques for Time Distortion, Hypnosis, Power Focus, Deep Concentration, and new ways of thinking fused with the best of the old. At the end of the week, you will be using a set of tools that will be the difference that makes the difference in your life, whatever you do, and you will be equipped to take part in an unprecedented performance using the techniques you have learned lasting 14 hours – taking you to places that you never actually even thought about dreaming of!

Andrew M. McKenzie, core of The Hafler Trio, Instructional Designer, Hypnotherapist, Mood Engineer and Maker of Strange Things guides you through the processes that will allow you to take control of the power in your life, from the basics to indications of where the advanced may well lie for you. Drawing on over 30 years of experimentation (learning painfully so you don’t have to), research, practice and practical implementation with a wide range of disciplines and techniques dealing with the REAL issues of power and control, a new relationship from a new set of perspectives with Technology and the Self becomes not only possible, but extremely desirable.

No musical training or technical knowledge necessary.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is open to all willing participants.

Practical info

The workshop takes place at Bergen Kjøtt Monday to Friday 10:00 – 15:00.

The workshop concludes with a 14 hour durational performance distributed over several of the spaces at Lydgalleriet/Østre, starting Friday at 18:00 and ending Saturday morning at 08:00. 12 hours of the performance from Friday 19:00 to Saturday 07:00 are open to the audience, while the first and final hours of the performance are exclusive to the workshop participants.

This workshop and performance is produced in collaboration between BEK, Bergen Kjøtt, Lydgalleriet and Ny Musikk Bergen.

Sign up

Sign up by sending a mail to trond.lossius@bek.no with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone number

The workshop is free.

Andrew McKenzie

British artist Andrew M. McKenzie was born in the UK in 1963. As a teenager at the epicentre of punk culture in the late 1970s, he brought his budding interest in art and sound together in a project that would have nothing to do with frustrated rock n’ roll or political sloganeering. The project, called “The Hafler Trio”, bloomed in the early 1980s as a platform for McKenzie’s groundbreaking explorations of sound, music and esoteric spirituality. The project as such still exists some 30 years later on and has gone through many different phases and collaborations, often based on impressions of the locations where he’s lived, like the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia and, most recently, Latvia.

With album titles like Fuck, Masturbatorium, I Never Knew That’s Who You Thought You Were, A Thirsty Fish, Being a Firefighter Isn’t Just About Squirting Water, Three Ways of Saying Nothing, and a book title like Plucking Feathers from a Bald Frog, it isn’t hard to sense some kind of kinship with surrealism and Dada in McKenzie’s work. In 2009, he even recorded his own version of Tristan Tzara?s classic song La Chanson Dada.

In the early 1980s, writer William Burroughs and painter Brion Gysin were enthusiastically revived and revered by a new generation of artists not only inspired by a romanticized Beatnik lifestyle but also by the magical theories behind the experimental writing and art. The symposium The Final Academy in London in 1982 showcased these gentlemen in an apprehensive environment that in many ways acted as a springboard for pushing their ideas onwards. For Andrew McKenzie, meeting these icons led to his developing a do-it-yourself Dreamachine kit in collaboration with Gysin and others.

In the mid-2000s, McKenzie developed a concept called “Complementary Education” or “Complemation”. Integrating composition, recording and performing with hypnosis and efficiency techniques in a group setting, he has successfully organised several of these events or workshops in different countries. Instead of working with these separate fields of interest, he has merged them and invited others to join in. The resulting pieces of music from each session are used later on as fundamental building blocks in future workshops. Thereby creating, in theory at least, an endless piece of music.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Kjøtt / Lydgalleret - 13/02/2017 to 18/02/2017

Hvoslef and Hosseini: Wings and Chains

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:54

Wings and Chains is a collaboration between the composer Mansoor Hosseini and the visual artist Line Hvoslef, inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s piece Firebird. The music is complimented by a video projection and a solo dancer on the stage, and reflects the fairytale of the ballet.

Hvoslef’s video is filmed with BEK’s equipment, and is edited with counseling by and at BEK.

Hvoslef shows an analogue animation, where the recordings have been done in her studio with her own two-dimensional works. On a small scene, she has placed transparencies, where neon lights and a mechanical motor makes the movements. The recordings has been done with macro lens and fixed camera. The technique has its clear limitations, and stresses the crude and analogue expression.

Monday January 16th, Wings and Chains will premiere as a part of the chamber music concert series at Komische Oper in Berlin.

Mansor Hosseini
Line Hvoslef
Wings and Chains på Komische Oper i Berlin

Time and place:
  • Komische Oper, Berlin - 16/01/2017 20:00

Marieke Verbiesen: Loud Matter

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:05

Loud Matter is a series of interactive instruments by Marieke Verbiesen. Each installation contains a number of custom-made interfaces including touchpads, joysticks and gesture controlled devices that allow visitors to manipulate several audiovisual compositions.

Loud Matter opens at Atelier Nord ANX Thursday January 26th at 19.00, with live performance, food and DJ-set. BEK has co-produced the exhibition.

The various installations are heavily influenced by science fiction and Auto-Destructive Art and aim to imagine the instruments of a far away future, where destructive tools and forces are considered integral to creative processes. The visuals generated in Loud Matter are characteristic of Verbiesen’s pixel-animated, retro aesthetic. Reminiscent of the graphics of video games on 80s systems such as the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga.

Marieke Verbiesen is a Dutch artist based in Bergen. Her practice is centered on interactive installations and animations, often based on b-movies, computer games and science fiction phenomena. Verbiesen blends the re-use of outmoded technology such as old computer hardware and Super 8 film with new technology such as interactive interfaces and motion tracking.

The opening of Loud Matter on Thursday January 26th features an extensive collaborative program:

CONCERT WITH JOHN HEGRE (NO) & JAMES WELBURN (UK/DE) 
& LIVE ANIMATION
 BY MARIEKE VERBIESEN

Sound artists John Hegre & James Welburn will perform live with noisy drones, diminished tones, clangs and distorted bass. Accompanied by live animations that build up to a variety of eccentric animated loops, forming a playful, synchronized kinship with the music.

FOOD: PEANUTS & PANCAKES (NL) BY PIEDRO & THE DUTCH COOKING CREW

Dutch Snacks for our visitors, with simplicity as a main ingredient.

COSMIC OSLO DJS

DJs Helene Rickhard & Bendik Høibraaten will play a mix of underground 80s electro, cut up beats & forgotten aerobics music.

The exhibition is open Thursday and Friday 15-18, Saturday and Sunday 13-18.

Time and place:
  • Atelier Nord ANX, Olaf Ryes plass 2 (inng Sofienberggt.) - 26/01/2017 to 26/02/2017

"Til far" to KODE

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:42

Anne Tveit Knutsen’s video work “Til far” has been bought by the fund for Norwegian crafts, and will be given to KODE – Bergen Art Museum. Until January 1st 2017 the work also can be seen in Tveit Knutsen’s exhibition “Hvit substans” at SOFT Galleri in Oslo.

BEK has contributed with counseling and technical support in sound recording for the video «Til far».

Tveit Knutsen er opptatt av individets egenverd, og med video som virkemiddel, fokuserer hun på mennesker i ulike livssituasjoner. Videoene har et stillestående handlingsforløp, og er oftest tydelig iscenesatte. Tematisk undersøker hun begreper som behag, ubehag, kontroll og mangel på kontroll, det være seg mellommenneskelige relasjoner, eller på et indre, individuelt plan.
Fra artist statement på Tveit Knutsens hjemmeside

Videoverket “Til far” inngår i utstillingen “Hvit substans” på SOFT Galleri, en utstilling om demens. Utgangspunktet for utstillingen er kunstnerens egne opplevelser og erfaringer med senil demens, både i tidligere arbeid som sykepleier, men også i hennes møte med alzheimer i nær relasjon.
Utstillingen undersøker tematikk knyttet til både pasient- og pårørende. Og med titler som til mor og til far inviterer hun publikum inn til refleksjoner rundt hva som skjer når en av foreldrene utvikler demens.

Utstillingen fikk hederlig omtale i Aftenposten av kunstkritiker Kjetil Røed.

Photo: Video still from “Til far” by Anne Tveit Knutsen

Time and place:
  • BEK - 24/11/2016 to 01/01/2017

OPEN CALL: Art projects, papers and presentations

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:54

Deadline January 22 2017.

In September 2017 the 16th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will partner with a number of local partners to produce a programme of projects that respond to the theme of water. We invite proposals from artists working in any medium, however…

Read the call here

ANTI is one of BEK’s key partners in the international collaboration Future DiverCities, where artistic connection builds a creative union.

Christmas Holiday

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:24

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at BEK!

Our offices and booking services will be closed for the season from December 19th. We open again on January 9th – see you in the new year!

Our most important task is to establish and maintain contact with and between individual artists, artist groups, institutions and other relevant participants, for project development, knowledge generation and information exchange. Please contact us if this is something you can see the benefit of.

Photo: Video still from the work “Perceptual Cycle” by artist Anne Marthe Dyvi, Artistic Developer at BEK, shown at KODE – Bergen Art Museum in 2016

Time and place:
  • BEK - 19/12/2016 to 09/01/2017

OPEN CALL: Velkommen til Balestrand!

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 18:45

Søknadsfrist er 19.desember 2016.
Kunstbygda Balestrand AS gler seg over å kunne invitere til
Artist in Residence 2017, i perioden 01.-31.07.2017 i minst tre veker.

Historisk er Balestrand uløyseleg knytt til kunsten. Frå 1820 og utover hundreåret etablerte det seg eit rikt kunstnarliv av besøkande som let seg inspirere av den dramatiske naturen og det stadig skiftande lyset. I dag bur og arbeider eit titalls aktive kunstnarar i kommunen, som blant anna arbeider med emalje, tekstil, keramikk, måleri, skulptur, litografi, litteratur og performance.

Til Artist in Residence 2017 inviterer vi ein kunstnar eller ein kunstnar-duo til å vere med på å vidareføre Balestrand sin tradisjon som eit rom for refleksjon, arbeidsro og presentasjon; som ein stad som inspirerer og lar seg inspirere av kunsten.

Å bli kjend med bygda og i bygda: Under opphaldet vert det verkstadbesøk til lokale kunstnarar, besøk på Norsk Reiselivsmuseum og Sognefjord Akvarium. Som eit grep for å «synleggjere ” gjestekunstnaren/kunstnarane, skal den/desse tilby ein aktivitet i bygda under opphaldet. Aktiviteten skal ha ei varigheit på minst 6t. fordelt på to dagar. Det er sett av midlar i budsjettet til dette. Aktiviteten kan vere open for alle i bygda eller rette seg mot grupper, som til dømes: barn, ungdom, flyktningar i Balestrand.

Søknadane vert vurderte av styret i Kunstbygda Balestrand og skal innehalde: CV, visuell dokumentasjon av tidlegare arbeid, motivasjonsbrev og plan for aktivitet for 6 timar.

Kunstnarane vil bu i Villa Heimdalstrand i Balestrand sentrum (sjå vedlegg med omtale og foto). Arbeidsplass vil bli på Bensen (tidlegare bensinstasjon) 100 m frå bustaden. Kvar deltakar mottek eit stipend på 8.000 NOK for perioden og reiseutgifter opp til 3000 NOK vert dekka.

Send søknad til vildejehje@gmail.com, innan 19.desember 2016. Svar på søknadar vil bli sendt ut i slutten av desember. Prosjektet blir gjennomført med atterhald om fullfinansiering.

Med vennleg helsing Kunstbygda Balestrand AS

For praktiske spørsmål og om søknadsprosess, kontakt prosjektleiar Vilde Jensen Hjetland: Mail: vildejehje@gmail.com
For informasjon om Heimdalstrand, kontakt huseigar og styremedlem i Kunstbygda Balestrand AS: Elisabeth Tonheim. Mail: elisabeth.tonheim@gmail.com

The Material in The Immaterial

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:56

During the weekend of December 3-4th, BEK invited artists working with video to share and discuss practices. The aim of the seminar and workshop was to broaden the understanding of the video medium’s possibilities today, through a practical and theoretical exploration of technology, process and work.

The Material in The Immaterial – reflections on the nature of video medium

Since its first appearance as the Sony Portapak in 1967, video has evolved into multiple forms and aspects. Electronic technology had a short life, and other technologies took over, triggering small revolutions in video as a creative medium, as well as a general device. We can say that these small revolutions (electronic signal; digital code) changed our experience of video as ‘consumers’, but also our experience as ‘users’. Unlike other art related technologies, such as painting or even film, video has a diverse, massive usage fulfilling its first promise as an affordable, ‘everybody’s medium’. Potentially, everyone could be a ‘video maker’; the hip-hoper, the terrorist, the artist.. all of us benefiting from an established democratization of the medium, allowing it to become the ultimate expression of a ‘speakers corner’…

On another side of this perspective, art has taken the role of conceptualizing these transformations of the video technology, either by deconstructing it as a device or by using it as a medium for a poetic production.

With the seminar, we aim to broaden the understanding of the video medium possibilities today, through a practical and theoretical exploration of technology, process and work. By having a more practical and physical basis for video production, we want to get closer to a contemporary understanding of the video medium. We see that artists who use video media today often operate in this way, but the discussion of process/methodology is little in the academic community. The position behind the camera and in the editing process is often a language that is loosely and individually placed.

By arranging a practical-theoretical seminar for artists and other professionals that work with video, we want to create a forum for sharing and discussion of practices. To achieve this, we will rely on the material in an immaterial medium. We will explore the camera’s potential by deconstructing its mechanics. We will discuss imagery by viewing the data or 25 fps. We will deny video art immateriality by discussing video works in its shown form; video shown in space /gallery space.

PROGRAM

Saturday 3rd of December 9.30-17.00:

9.30 Coffee/arrival contributors/attendants.
10.00 We start/ welcome by Anne Marthe Dyvi with a short introduction to the seminar, our field of interest/research and our guests.

Anne Marthe Dyvi is an artist and Artistic Developer at BEK. She holds a MFA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design from 2010. Together with artist Sara Santos she has put together the seminar The Material in The Immaterial.
annemarthe.wordpress.com

Followed by a round table presentation- all participators present themselves in a few sentences.

Followed by self presentation/food for thought by Ellen Røed (NO)/ 45 min.

Ellen Røed (NO) is an artist and Professor at Stockholm University of The Arts, in ‘Film and Media’. Currently based in Stockholm and Drammen. Former research fellow in The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and former associate professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
ellenrøed.no

Followed by self presentation/food for thought by Kersti Sundland (NO)/ 45 min.

Kjersti Sundland is an artist and currently a Reasearch Fellow in The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and a former associate professor in the same institution.
kjerstisundland.com

13.00-14.00 (ca) LUNCH (prepared by us/served at BEK)

Followed by Julien Maire workshop.

Julien Maire (FR) is an artist based in Brussels. In his artworks and performances, Julien Maire systematically re-invents the technology of visual media. His research is a manifest hybrid between media-archeology and the production of new media constellations.
julienmaire.blogspot.no

17.00 END (It will be possible to continue conversations at BEK or meet up for people who wants to later in the evening.

Sunday 4th of December 10.00-16.00:

10.00 Coffee/arrival between 10-10.30

10.30 Followed by presentation by Alexandre Estrela.
Alexandre Estrela (PT), based in Lisbon, is an artist who use film and video as the core mediums in his artistic practice, and questionthe materiality of the image, dialoguing with a history of experimental film, video and photography.
website alexandre

Followed by Julien Maire workshop- continues.

13.00-14.00 (ca) LUNCH (prepared by us/served at BEK)
14.00 Summary, gathering of terminology/issues/questions/and more.
16.00 Seminar ends. Thank you.

The seminar/workshop was programmed and organized by Sara Santos (PT), Bergen based artist working with video, and Anne Marthe Dyvi (NO) artist working with video and artistic developer at BEK, Bergen Center for Electronic Arts. The seminar was financially supported by Bergen kommune.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 03/12/2016 to 04/12/2016