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“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ 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.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ 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.

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

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.

Workshop fee

The fee for the workshop depends on your commitment towards it. The more committed, the lesser the fee. Initially the fee is set to NOK 1200,-. However, the fee is reduced as follows:

  • Reduced by NOK 100,- per day of the workshop that you participate in.
  • Reduced by NOK 50,- per hour of the performance that you contribute to.

In other words: If you are present for all of the workshop and all of the performance, it will all be free.

Invoices are sent out once the workshop is done, taking your level of participation into account.

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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:


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.


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


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, 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:
For informasjon om Heimdalstrand, kontakt huseigar og styremedlem i Kunstbygda Balestrand AS: Elisabeth Tonheim. Mail:

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Open call - Ung Nordisk Musikk 2017

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:47

Application deadline: December 15th
Ung Nordisk Musikk er en årlig festival for unge komponister, lydkunstnere, elektroniske musikere og performance artister med base i de nordiske landene. Festivalen avholdes 14.-19. august 2017 i Reykjavik, Island.
Read the call here

Planned network downtime

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:20

Uninet has planned upgrades to network routers, and the network in and out of BEK (including BEK servers) might be down for 20 minutes Wednesday December 7, 2016 between 21:00 and 23.59 CET.

Klunks: Hollow Scenes

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 20:49

Hollow Scenes is the second release from Norwegian electronic producer Klunks. The record was made at BEK, and is released at the Seattle label Hush Hush Records.

Hollow Scenes by Klunks

‘Hollow Scenes’ marks the sophomore release from Norwegian electronic producer Klunks and serves as a follow-up to his 2015 debut release ‘Elastic Forest.’ Exploring a vast and unpredictable sound spectrum over 11 diverse tracks, ‘Hollow Scenes’ once again showcases Klunks’ elaborately detailed and impressively intricate sonic aesthetic. Led by an affinity for acousmatic contemplations, designed specifically for intimate headphone sessions, the album features precisely deconstructed found sounds perfectly spliced through a maze of manipulated instrumentation, shards of vocal samples, lush atmospherics, and cerebral drum work. The spacious leftfield downtempo vibes of ‘Elastic Forest’ are still present, yet ‘Hollow Scenes’ is wonderfully enhanced by an experimental jazz streak, with robust saxophones lines frequently soaring triumphantly above the enveloping backdrops. At times agitated and chaotic, but also deeply embedded in sensitive sonic gesticulation and engaging electronic improvisation, ‘Hollow Scenes’ is an intoxicating evolution in Klunks’ unraveling sonic vision, yielding an immediately thrilling listening experience that offers deep rewards upon multiple listens.

Time and place:
  • Hush Hush Records - 18/11/2016 to 28/11/2016

Artist Talk: Bethan Kellough

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:27

The sound artist and composer Bethan Kellough is currently artist in residency at USF Verftet. This talk is an informal opportunity to meet with her. She’ll talk about her artistic work, and present excerpts from some of her works. The residency is hosted by USF Verftet and supported in various ways by BEK, Lydgalleriet, Ekko and NOTAM in Oslo.

Bethan Kellough (formerly Bethan Parkes) is a sound artist and composer. Her work spans across ambisonic composition, field recording, sound design and multichannel sound installation practices, drawing a focus on sonic spatial experience. Her works are designed to open out spaces with sound, exploring spatial aesthetics and the interactions between sonically and visually articulated spaces. The immersive sound-worlds she creates inhabit the boundaries between music and sound design, weaving together instrumental materials, sound design and ambisonic field recordings.

She holds a PhD in Sonic Arts from the University of Glasgow. In 2015 she joined the Touch Mentorship Programme, and this fall her EP “Aven” was released on Touch.

Her works have been exhibited and performed internationally, including at Touch Conference, Los Angeles, USA; Gallery of Russian Art and Design, London, UK; Resonant Forms Festival, Los Angeles, USA; Borealis Festival, Bergen, Norway; Jardins Efemeros Festival, Viseu, Portugal; Spazio Bocciofila, Venice, Italy; The Global Composition International Conference, Dieburg, Germany; Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, University of Kent, UK; Sound Thought Festival, Glasgow, UK. Bethan’s
works have been presented in Bergen as part of the Muli surround sound convert series at Østre, first during Borealis 2015, and recently as part of the Ekko Festival.

Photos by Robert Kellough and Bethan Kellough.

Time and place:

Bethan Kellough’s studio at USF Verftet
Friday November 25 at 2-4 pm
(Meet up at the entrance by the large clock)

Read more about the residency AIR Bergen at USF Verfet here

Time and place:
  • USF Verftet - 25/11/2016 14:00

When I am talking to you I am not talking to you, by Jingyi Wang

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 15:42

Using a series of virtual images, platforms, passive and active work of art, the audience in this performance gets the opportunity to explore physical and virtual presence. The performance is also displayed in two “rooms”, namely a classic black box, a theater, and a white cube, a gallery, where the audience itself determines its time and location in front of the work.

BEK has been advisory in developing the project and has set up the audio playback system.

The ancient spiritual experience of being somewhere other than where you are, and the feeling of not being present in what you do, has got a technological reality, warping and challenge in the internet. Internet can be said to offer increased integration and increased isolation. In the performance, different contrasts are set up, like the one between physical and virtual presence, but also between different cultural realities.

Jingyi Wang’s first performance was presented in spring 2015 as a part of BIT Teatergarasjen’s Intro series where local artists present suggestions for scenic projects for the future of the performing arts. The performance Static Theatre: Those That Have Been Left Behind dealt with how the people and places we have left behind still affect our lives, and presented static theatre as a concept: a mixture of the surfaces in visual art and theatre’s play with time. The performance was recently invited to be part of the Nanluguxiang Performing Arts festival in Jingy’s birthplace Beijing.

Direction, curation and text: Jingyi Wang. Stage- og light design: Leo Preston. Video art and and film editing: Yafei Qi. Live camera: Elias Björn. Programming: Robert Fohlin. With art works by: Håkon Holm Olsen, Helene Norseth, Nina Bang Larsen, Lona Hansen, Gabriel Johann Kvendseth, Sarah Jost, Lasse Årikstad og Egil Paulsen.

Co-produced by BEK in collaboration with BIT Teatergarasjen, Stiftelsen 3,14 and Wrap.

Time and place:
  • Stiftelsen 3,14 - 17/11/2016 to 11/12/2016

Syntagma Metonymi | Sveinung Rudjord Unneland with Aleksi Wildhagen and Andreas Vermehren Holm

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 13:53

Syntagma Metonymy [Greece, 5. – 11. January, 2016] consists of a comprehensive, multi-media installation that spreads over both exhibition rooms at Tag Team. The sound recordings from the Syntagma Square is edited at and produced with advice from BEK. The audio and video installation is set up with help from BEK and with BEK speakers and monitors.

The seductive, basic geometric shapes we know from many of Rudjord Unneland’s later works dominate the visual expression also here. This time, however, it is architecture that provides the framework for his work. Large circular shapes are painted directly on the gallery walls, and a square of plaster and wood, which actually exceeds the room capacity, is pressed over the floors. Speakers are integrated into the floor structure, and play the sound of recordings from the Syntagma Square in Athens. Along with Vermehren Holm’s lines of text that rolls across the green screens, and Wildhagen’s characteristic travel drawings, the soundtracks helps to a careful shift in the viewer’s focus: in the middle of the aesthetic and sensual experience, we are made aware of the reality that exists outside the exhibition space.

Ordet syntagme kommer av gresk syntagma (’det sammenstilte’), avledn. av tassein (‘ordne, plassere’). Metonymi er en stilfigur, hvor man erstatter et uttrykk med et annet fra samme generelle betydningsområde. I motsetning til metaforen, legger metonymien som arbeidskategori opp til en oppsøkende praksis, fundert i nærheten mellom elementer fremfor likhet. Der er en konkret sammenheng i tid, sted eller årsak-virkning mellom metonymien og det den betegner, noe som skiller den fra metaforen eller symbolet.

Utstillingen Syntagma Metonymi er et resultat av en reise til Athen, som Rudjord Unneland, Wildhagen og Vermehren Holm foretok i januar 2016. Den viktigste årsaken til reisen var en felles overbevisning om nødvendigheten av å nærme seg bestemte hendelser og fenomener, som gjennom de siste årene har utspilt seg med Athen som symbolsk sentrum.

Sveinung Rudjord Unneland (1981) er en bergensbasert kunstner som har hatt en omfattende utstillingsvirksomhet i Norge helt siden han gikk ut fra Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen i 2007. Hans bakgrunn er i maleriet, men hans kunstneriske praksis strekker seg ofte mot det skulpturelle og installasjonen. Han har stilt ut blant annet på Kristiansand Kunsthall, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Galleri LNM, Kunstnerforbundet, Christianssands Kunstforening, Bergen Kunstmuseum,  Lautom Contemporary, Høstutstillingen og Entrée.

Om Rudjord Unneland

Andreas Vermehren Holm (1988) er en dansk forfatter, oversetter og redaktør. I 2015 fikk han utgitt bøkene Palimpsest (Aviary Press Editions) og Antropocæn kreatur (H//O//F). Vermehren Holm har bidratt til bl.a. Den Engelske Kanal, Ny Jord og Vagant. Han er også tilknyttet Forfatterskolen. Driver til daglig til det københavnsbaserte Forlaget Virkelig, som blant annet. utgir skriftserien ’Bestiarium’.  

Vermehren Holms hjemmeside

Aleksi Wildhagen (1976) er en norsk billedkunster med tegning, maleri og fotografi som tilbakevendende medium. Kunstprosjektene hans består ofte av reiser og stedsspesifikke tilnærminger. Wildhagen har utgitt en rekke kunstnerbøker og jobber både individuelt eller som del av kunstnergruppen -& Co eller Trommer og Tale. Han har stilt ut sine prosjekter ved blant annet Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst, Tidens krav, Lynx, Galleri LNM, Bomuldsfabrikken, Tegnebiennalen, Høstutstillingen og Spriten Kunsthall.
Wildhagens hjemmeside

Time and place:
  • Tag Team Studio - 11/11/2016 to 27/11/2016

New Communication Manager at BEK!

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 16:01

We have a new colleague! We are happy to announce that Vilde Salhus Røed has accepted to fill the position as communication manager at BEK in a 20% position.

We have a new colleague! We are happy to announce that Vilde Salhus Røed has accepted to fill the position as communication manager at BEK in a 20% position. Many in the local art community knows her as head of BKFH and as an artist educated from Bergen National Academy of the Arts. We look forward to her expertly and artistic hand to be part of shaping the public face of BEK.
Photo: Sverre L. Hansen

Time and place:
  • BEK - 10/11/2016 to 15/11/2016

Benedicte Leinan Clementsen - GUISE

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 14:49

GUISE is Benedicte Leinan Clementsen’s first solo exhibition, opening at Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger Friday 11th of November. She will show a 4-channel video installation, about how we relate to our pets. The work has been produced with BEK’s equipment and is set up in collaboration with Stian Remvik (BEK).

Benedicte Clementsen (b. Oslo, 1986) is an artist, based in Bergen, Norway. With performance as a starting point, her works manifest themselves as video, installation, photography and text. Her practice spans from self-initiatiated projects, commissions, collaborations and curating. Clementsen is currently undertaking the MA Art Praxis at DAI, Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands as well as working for the artistic research project SYNSMASKINEN at KHiB.

PREVIEW Nov 11., 7 – 9 pm
Opening hours Nov 12. – 13. & 19. – 20., 12 – 3pm or by appointment.
Last day Dec 4.

“We talk to our pets. Endlessly. What for? To draw them nearer. We joke that we’re envious of them: Nothing on their minds. We joke that we wish we could read their minds. Do we think it would be a mirror? We imitate our pets, mirror them back: I see you. Do you see me?”

(Excerpt from the text that accompanies the exhibition, written by Nora Joung)

The project is funded by:
Bergen Municipality
Arts Council Norway
Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond

Benedicte Leinan Clementsen
Prosjektrom Normanns

Time and place:
  • Prosjektrom Normanns - 11/11/2016 to 04/12/2016

Laura Cannell / COSMO Collective

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 13:58

This weekend BEK hosts a workshop where you can build your own unique DIY digital effect pedal based on the Raspberry PI computer and Csound.

On that occasion Utmark presents a concert, where you can experience how COSMO Collective use DIY electronics and custom software written in Csound!

Laura Cannell / COSMO Collective
13.november 2016 kl. 20.00
CC: 100,-/ 50,- (for members of nyMusikk and Borealis Listening Club).
Free for members of Bergen Kunsthall
Doors opens at 20:00
Concert starts at 20:30

LAURA CANNELL (UK) Laura Cannell’s music evokes a meditative sate through her flow of sound, created with traditional instruments such as the fiddle and the recorder. The music is steeped in medieval history, and geographically rooted in the East Anglia landscape. The soundscapes she creates are equally contemporary and innovative in her approach to the use of traditional instruments, as they are laden with a rich tradition of English folk.

COSMO COLLECTIVE (NO/DE) COSMO Collective is an open musical collaboration for musicians using DIY electronics and custom software written in Csound. There is no definite musical style, though it could be characterized as electroacoustic improvisation. The core of the group are Alex Hofmann (saxophone and electronics) and Bernt Isak Wærstad (guitar and electronics), who will be playing the Utmark concert, but a performance can consist of any number of players. COSMO Collective have performed several shows around the world, including New York, St. Petersburg, Boston, Brisbane, Berlin and Trondheim.

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Time and place:
  • Landmark - 13/11/2016 20:00

Notam søker daglig leder

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:16

Søknadsfrist 10.01.2017
Søknad med CV sendes til soknad[at]notam02[.]no
Full søknadstekst finnes her

Ledig stilling i nyMusikk

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 13:03

Nå er en stilling ledig som daglig leder i nyMusikk. Mer informasjon her. Søknadsfrist 9. november.

Sara Rajaei - In the gaze of Panoptes

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 15:19

Earlier this year Sara Rajaei was in residency in Bergen, and commissioned to develop a new video work. The resulting work is now being screened at 3,14.

The residency was a collaboration between 3,14 and BEK, and happened as part of the CIRCULATING AiR program at 3,14.

In the gaze of Panoptes (2016)

Single channel video installation, color, sound, 20 min.

Over a period of nine years, BEK has been following the artistic ouvre of the Iranian born and Rotterdam based artist Sara Rajaei. Her work was first presented as part of a touring video screening program in 2007 as part of the “At Home in Europe” Curlutre Europe EU funded project that BEK was part of. In 2012 a first exhibition at 3,14 provided an introduction to Rajaei’s practice featuring, at that time, both early and recent works. For the second viewing, Rajaei presented exclusively new pieces. As the latest round, BEK and 3,14 are delighted to present the video In the gaze of Panoptes, developed and produced in Bergen under 3,14´s artist in residency program, Circulating AiR, in collaboration with BEK. Rajaei’s work is often grounded on the concept of time, memory and story telling. Rajaei studied at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and attended the two year residency program at Rijkakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.

In Torborg Nedreaas’ Nothing grows by moonlight, the passing of time and the quality of light play important roles in the development of two parallel stories; meanwhile as the protagonist tells a life story within the safety of the walls of a stranger’s house, the narrator presents the reader a detailed description of the quality of light outside of that haven; evening light, the dark of the night and early morning… recreating the circumstances and the sounds which occur by the passage of time… As the morning light appears, the protagonist finishes the story and leaves…

In the gaze of Panoptes is a short film inspired by the book Nothing grows by moonlight both by its approach to storytelling but also by its light influence… In May 2016, fifteen Bergen based individuals from different parts of the world, were invited to take part in the project and to share their life journeys in exchange of a chapter of the book being read to them. The plot of In the gaze of Panoptes is a blend of all those destinies which cross but meet one another in certain moments…

Like the character in Nothing grows by moonlight, the protagonist of the film also deals with issues such as departure, arrival, home, identity and solitude… following a 7-year-old lucid dream… transforming from the cityman to the caveman, taking refuge in the nature… becoming the perfect observer of the light… the watchman… the giant with hundred eyes…


Curated by: Trond Lossius & Malin Barth
Supported by: KUP–Hordaland Fylkeskommune, Arts Council Norway, CBK Rotterdam, BEK and 3,14
Produced by: BEK and 3,14

[CIRCULATING AiR is a three-year KUP artist in residence project that traverses the county. It springs out of 3,14’s desire to contribute to innovation, collaboration and artistic engagement and competence throughout the cultural field and region. The initiative aims to develop venues and opportunities for artistic development with emphasis on the interaction between city and rural areas, local and international spheres, the professionals and the public. By direct invitation, 3,14 curates profiled international artists inclined to work site-specifically. The artists commit to developing site-related work during their stay, establishing a dialogue with the hosting community in various ways. At 3,14 we are now be proudly screening two separate projects developed under the program.]

Time and place:
  • Stiftelsen 3,14 - 28/10/2016 to 06/11/2016