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5th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

5th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design
Oxford, UK, September, 9th 2017

Key Dates:

Submission deadline June 1, 2017
Author Notification July 1, 2017
Camera Ready July 13, 2017

Call for Papers and Demos:

The ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design (FARM) gathers together people who are harnessing functional techniques in the pursuit of
creativity and expression.
It is co-located with ICFP 2017, the 22nd ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming.

Functional Programming has emerged as a mainstream software development paradigm, and its artistic and creative use is booming. A growing number of software toolkits,
frameworks and environments for art, music and design now employ functional programming languages and techniques. FARM is a forum for exploration and critical evaluation of
these developments, for example to consider potential benefits of greater consistency, tersity, and closer mapping to a problem domain.

FARM encourages submissions from across art, craft and design, including textiles, visual art, music, 3D sculpture, animation, GUIs, video games, 3D printing and architectural
models, choreography, poetry, and even VLSI layouts, GPU configurations, or mechanical engineering designs. Theoretical foundations, language design, implementation issues,
and applications in industry or the arts are all within the scope of the workshop. The language used need not be purely functional (“mostly functional” is fine), and may be
manifested as a domain specific language or tool. Moreover, submissions focusing on questions or issues about the use of functional programming are within the scope.

FARM 2017 website : http://functional-art.org/2017/

Submissions

We welcome submissions from academic, professional, and independent programmers and artists.

Submissions are invited in three categories:

1) Original papers

We solicit original papers in the following categories:
- Original research
- Overview / state of the art
- Technology tutorial

All submissions must propose an original contribution to the FARM theme. FARM is an interdisciplinary conference, so a wide range of approaches are encouraged.

An original paper should have 5 to 12 pages, be in portable document format (PDF), using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines and use the ACM SIGPLAN template. [
http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/ ]

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the FARM 2017 proceedings. See http://authors.acm.org/main.cfm for information on the options available
to authors. Authors are encouraged to submit auxiliary material for publication along with their paper (source code, data, videos, images, etc.); authors retain all rights to
the auxiliary material.

2) Demo proposals
Demo proposals should describe a demonstration to be given at the FARM workshop and its context, connecting it with the themes of FARM. A demo could be in the form of a short
(10-20 minute) tutorial, presentation of work-in-progress, an exhibition of some work, or even a performance. Demo proposals should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format,
and not exceed 2000 words. A demo proposal should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Demo Proposal: to the title.

Demo proposals will be published on the FARM website. A summary of the demo performances will also be published as part of the conference proceedings, to be prepared by the
program chair.

3) Calls for collaboration

Calls for collaboration should describe a need for technology or expertise related to the FARM theme. Examples may include but are not restricted to:
- art projects in need of realization
- existing software or hardware that may benefit from functional programming
- unfinished projects in need of inspiration

Calls for collaboration should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 5000 words. A call for collaboration should be clearly marked as such, by prepending
Call for Collaboration: to the title.
Calls for collaboration will be published on the FARM website.

Submission is via EasyChair

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=farm2017

Authors take note

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your
conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Questions

If you have any questions about what type of contributions that might be suitable, or anything else regarding submission or the workshop itself, please contact the organisers
at:

farm-2017@functional-art.org

All presentations at FARM 2017 will be recorded. Permission to publish the resulting video (in all probability on YouTube, along with the videos of ICFP itself and the other
ICFP-colocated events) will be requested on-site.

In and Out of Space: Critical Approaches to Spatiality in Sound and Image

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:25

In and Out of Space: Critical Approaches to Spatiality in Sound and Image is a two day doctoral training workshop at the University of Aberdeen, and features keynotes, workshops and performances by Professor Paul Koonce (University of Florida), Trond Lossius (BEK) and Johannes Deutsch.

The Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay and Robert Gordon University, in association with SCAN, sonADA and SGSAH are holding a two-day training workshop (17th -18th March 2017) at the University of Aberdeen, which will provide doctoral students with the theoretical and practical skill-set to understand the role of space and spatiality in sound and image, particularly focusing on 3D audio rendering, sonification and visualisation technologies in constructing, making sense of and interacting with 3D space and exploring ways in which these technologies can be utilised in their own artistic and theoretical work.

The workshop will comprise a series of seminars, technical sessions and performance/screening of works by three internationally renowned professionals in the field of 3D sound and 3D visualisation whose main artistic outcomes have focused on space and spatiality.

The three invited keynote presenters are:

Professor Paul Koonce – University of Florida
http://arts.ufl.edu/directory/profile/1687
(creative use of Wave Field Synthesis)

Trond Lossius – Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts;
http://www.trondlossius.no/pages/bio
(ambisonics)

Johannes Deutsch
http://www.johannes-deutsch.at
(sonification and visualisation of space)

Tickets for the artistic presentations can be booked here:

Fri 17th March, 1615 – 1800, Johannes Deutsch screening
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-and-out-of-space-johannes-deutsch-tickets-31680144164

Sat 18th March, 1715 – 1830, Paul Koonce & Trond Lossius performance
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-and-out-of-space-paul-koonce-and-trond-lossius-tickets-32273595192

Photos by Kwangrae Kim.

Supported by The Municipality of Bergen.

Time and place:
  • University of Aberdeen - 17/03/2017 to 18/03/2017

Artist presentations by Zeno van den Broek, Jan Willem Hagenbeek, Tijs Ham & Birk Nygaard

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:06

During the first three months of this year Dutch sound artist Tijs Ham has been collaborating with Bergen visual artist Birk Nygaard during a residency at USF Verftet supported by BEK. On the 26th of March, this collaboration will be premiered at Landmark alongside a performance by Zeno van den Broek presenting his new audiovisual piece Shift Symm. In the same weekend Jan Willem Hagenbeek from Ginkosynthese will host a workshop in Bergen Public Library.

With so many “electronic” artists visiting Bergen it seems inevitable to bring them together at BEK where they will talk about their works and engage in conversations about their approaches and artistic ideas.

The doors open at 14.30, presentations start at 15.00
There will be served free dinner!

LINE-UP

Zeno van den Broek
is a Dutch-born, Copenhagen-based composer and artist. His work is focused on space, time and architecture. Van den Broek utilizes immaterial and temporal means such as sound, acoustics and projections to create site and concept specific works. This trans-disciplinary method has a strong conceptual foundation, which enables Zeno to comprehend and express the richness and complexity of spatiality.

During his presentation, Zeno will dive deeper into the concepts and insights that lay at the heart of his piece Shift Symm and show how composing with sine tones and white noise as primary building blocks can lead to powerful sonic experiences.

Jan Willem Hagenbeek
has been performing for 14 years. As he has been interested in the technical side of musical instruments since he was a young kid he experimented a lot with self building instruments like opening and modding electronic organs. As part of his musical evolvement Jan Willem was on a personal search for what he wanted in
his modular system, which led to his first designs for modular synthesizers as Ginkosynthese.

During his presentation, Jan Willem will present two of his latest modules and talk about how he can incorporate them into his mobile modular setup.

Tijs Ham
is a soundartist from the Netherlands. Next to his work for STEIM he has an artistic practice that focusses on the musical expression of chaotic processes. After several residencies at BEK and many other institutions, Tijs will spend the first three months of 2017 working on the project ‘Refract / Recurse’, during a residency at USF Verftet.

Birk Nygaard
is a renowned light and video artist in Norway. He develops visual designs for different expressions on stage – be it a concert, theatre or dance. He makes
installations and initiates projects within art performance. His works have been displayed at Bergen Kunsthall and by Raff Design and he has worked with festivals such as Ekko on
a number of occasions.

During their presentation, Birk & Tijs will talk about their piece Refract / Recurse and discuss their ideas on creating abstract audiovisual experiences that take audiences on a experiential journey.

Here’s the link til the Facebook-event Refract/Recurse on March 26th

Images

Zeno van den Broek
Jan Willem Hagenbeek
Tijs Ham & Birk Nygaard

Time and place:
  • BEK, C. Sundtsgate 55 - 27/03/2017 15:00

DIY Musical Instruments Workshop

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:50

Learn to build an instrument and customize it: The DIY-instrument can function as synth voice, as a lo-fi sample player or 8 bit drum machine.

The workshop is a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Art.

For this 2 day workshop with Jan Willem Hagenbeek & Steven Pickles, you will learn how to build, solder and customize the instrument, from both the inside and outside. The workshop is great for beginners who want to learn soldering to create their own instrument, but also for people who are a little bit more experienced as well as musicians that want to add extra sounds to their existing setup.

Example of the sound that can be created with the DIY instrument

Minimum Age: 16 years
Costs: 175,- for electronics/PCB. You get to keep your instrument!

Sign up by sending an email to marieke.verbiesen@bek.no

The workshop is a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Art.

About the workshop leaders

Jan Willem Hagenbeek (NL) is an electronic musician that has been making his own instruments and DIY music equipment, and started out by modifying existing instruments. He also creates his own modular instruments under the moniker “Ginko Synthese”, based in the Hague, the Netherlands and is interested in the ‘what, how and why’ behind analogue instruments and electronics, utilizing trial-and-error based techniques.

Steven Pickles (AU), better known as “Pix” is a founding member of Hackerspace Adelaide, Australia where DIY knowledge & resources are freely shared and exchanged. He also works for ANAT the Australian Network for Art & Technology, and has an enduring fascination with all things geeky.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek - 25/03/2017 to 26/03/2017

Espen Sommer Eide & Signe Lidén: 
Vertical Studies: Acoustic shadows and boundary reflections

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:28

During Borealis, Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide present a new work utilizing a series of mobile meteorological music instruments and performative microphones. Using Fjell festning as a place, they investigate how sound is shaped by, and resonates in various environments.

The work is developed at BEK, and commissioned by Sonic Acts and Dark Ecology.

For Borealis, the artists will transport the audience to Fjell Festning, a German military fortress outside of Bergen, chosen because of its altitude and position, with winds coming in directly from the Atlantic. Sound movement through the atmosphere is affected by the wind, the open landscape and the winter temperatures, which can bend the wave front, causing sounds to be heard where they normally would not, or vice versa, creating acoustic shadows. The inside of the old cannon well is repurposed into a field laboratory to investigate sound at various altitudes. The participants on this journey will experience live vertical studies outdoors, and underground in the cannon well, as a descending vertical soundscape shaped by Sommer Eide and Lidén. The duo’s previous work, the critically acclaimed 2016 performance Altitude and History, was staged in the hills above Nikel, Russia. Leading the audience on a performative field trip, they delved into the connections between wind and sound at various altitudes and its connections vertically to layers of local history.

You have two options for experiencing Vertical Studies on Saturday March 11th:


1st Group at 14.00-15.15
Bus to Fjell Festning leaving from city center 13.00, back in Bergen 16.15


2nd Group at 15.30-16.45
Bus to Fjell Festning leaving from city center 14.30, back in Bergen 17.45

Buy your tickets for Vertical Studies at Borealis here

About the artists

Signe Lidén is an artist based in Amsterdam and Bergen. Her installations and performances explore man-made landscapes and their resonance. She is interested in how places resonate – in memory and matter, through narratives and as ideological manifestations. Her installations are often a combination of sound recordings from specific places and sculptural objects, where the material of the objects become ‘speakers’. Her work ranges from sound installations and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives. She has made works for Dark Ecology, Center for PostNatural History, VOLT, Resonance Sound Art Network, Hordaland Art Center, Kunsthall Oslo and nyMusikk, Touch Radio, and Interferenze New Arts Festival among others.

Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and artist based in Bergen. With his music projects Phonophani and Alog, he has composed and performed a series of experimental electronic works. As an artist his works investigates subjects ranging from the linguistic, the historical and archival to the invention of new scientific and musical instruments for performative fieldwork. His works has been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Manifesta Biennial, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, GRM, De Halle Haarlem, Bergen Assembly, Sonic Acts, Mutek, Performa and more.

Time and place:
  • Fjell festning - 11/03/2017 13:00

MULTI at Borealis

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:17

How do we listen, and how do you compose when the audience is surrounded by sound? Borealis collaborates with the MULTI concert series to commission new works for multi-channel speaker setup, giving new musicians, composers and sound artists the opportunity to express themselves using spatial sound.

MULTI is a collaboration between Lydgalleriet, NOTAM, Borealis, Electric Audio Unit and BEK.

The concert series entails commissions and development of new work, software development and competence building within surround sound, as well as presenting important Norwegian and international works. 


For our 2017 edition, Tolga Balci, who has previously been behind the scenes at many Lydgalleriet and MULTI events but now lives in Turkey, will present a work for the first time on the surround system. Jacqueline George was part of the acclaimed Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session at Borealis in 2016, and having taken part in a surround sound workshop at BEK, we now invite her back to present a new piece in the format. Craig Wells, from the UK – but now a Bergen resident – combines live electronics and surround sound in a new work, and Yvette Janine Jackson, from the USA, presents a surround radio opera.

Works
Tolga Balci: Black Empire – Fragile Objects
Jacqueline George: Happening now
Craig Wells with Mathias Loose: Bleached words

Yvette Janine Jackson: Invisible people (A Radio Opera)

Concerts at Thursday March 9th
at 17.00-18.00 and 19.00-20.00

Buy your tickets for MULTI at Borealis here

Photo by Vilde Salhus Røed/BEK

About the artists

Tolga Balci is a artist and musician, born in Ankara, Turkey. He initially studied sculpture and later focused on music and sound. He has MA in Fine Arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KhiB). Tolga plays with the Turkish experimental post-rock trio Karakamu. He currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey and Fredrikstad, Norway. For Borealis he will debut the piece Black Empire, Fragile Objects. The piece consists of recordings from special acoustic locations, field recordings from social events, group sessions of musicians and text.

Jacqueline George is a sound artist from Egypt. Her main source of inspiration is brainstorming and mind maps. She uses these to reflect on prevailing concepts such as time, the earth, death and freedom within human relations, reformatting them through different perspectives and different media. She is fascinated by how sound can carry ideas and is always looking for creative potential inside Cairo’s noise. Jacqueline visited Borealis in 2016 with the Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session.

Craig Wells is a British sonic artist and composer based in Bergen, Norway. His practice oscillates between free improvisation, sound collage and electroacoustic composition. He works under various monikers, most notably Klunks and Refrains where he weaves together field recordings, analogue synthesis and rhythmical paroxysms that are all held together with a jazz sensibility. The multi channel composition by Craig will be a dialogue of pre-recorded materials and live experiments in collaboration with Mathias Loose from Denmark.

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer, sound designer and installation artist born in Los Angeles. Her radio operas frequently focus on historical events and relevant social issues expressed through composition, improvisation, acoustic, concrete and synthesized sounds, fixed media and live performance. Recent projects include Party Line, for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”; Duets in the Key of Dada with David Molina at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; and a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) which culminated with the premiere of This is Radio Opera at Audiorama.

Time and place:
  • Østre - 09/03/2017 17:00

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