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2nd Call for X

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 19:12

xCoAx 2016: 4th International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (July 2016, Bergamo)

Dates: 7-8 July 2016
Location: Bergamo, Italy
Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2016

xCoAx is an exploration of the intersection where computational tools and media meet art and culture, in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

Since 2013, xCoAx has been an occasion for international audiences to meet and exchange ideas, in search for interdisciplinary synergies among computer scientists, artists, media practitioners and theoreticians at the frontiers of digital arts and culture.

The focus is on the unpredictable overlaps between the chaos and freedom of creativity and the rules and determinism of algorithms, between human nature and machine technology, with the aim to evolve towards new directions in aesthetics.

In 2016 xCoAx will go back to where it started: the S.Agostino campus of the University of Bergamo, a familiar place made fresh by exquisitely renovated premises where we look forward to hosting you and your work.

The xCoAx Organising Committee is very proud to announce that the keynote speaker will be Computer Art pioneer Frieder Nake, with a talk titled “The Disappearing Masterpiece”.


You are invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work that includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Computation
  • Communication
  • Aesthetics
  • X
  • Algorithms / Systems / Models
  • Artificial Aesthetics
  • Audiovisuals / Multimodality
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Interaction
  • Games
  • Generative Art / Design
  • History
  • Mechatronics / Physical Computing
  • Music / Sound Art
  • Performance
  • Philosophy of Art / of Computation
  • Technology / Ethics / Epistemology

Important dates
Submission deadline: 31 January 2016
Notifications: 21 March 2016
Registration deadline for first authors: 18 April 2016
Delivery of final versions for publication: 18 April 2016
Exhibition opening: 6 July 2016
Conference: 7-8 July 2016

Additional information and submission details

  • All works must be submitted via EasyChair —
  • Submissions must be original and will be rigorously reviewed by an international and multidisciplinary scientific committee, in a process that will assess originality, relevance, aesthetic and technical achievements;
  • Reviewing will be double-blind for papers, single-blind for artworks and performances, please omit all information about the authors in double-blind submissions;
  • Papers may be up to 10 pages long, following the format in the Word template — ;
  • Artworks and performances should be accompanied by a two-page abstract formatted using the same template and by one or more URLs for access to relevant media assets;
  • Submissions should be presented as .pdf files with all the media files embedded or linked to online resources. Final versions for publication should be delivered in .docx with all the images and other media files attached as independent files;
  • All images and media assets must be cleared for publication by the authors;
  • At least one of the authors of each contribution must register to the conference before the first author registration deadline in order for the work to be published in the proceedings;
  • xCoAx’s working language is English;
  • xCoAx’s conference proceedings (with ISBN) will be published online,
  • A selection of works will be published in a forthcoming special issue of CITAR’s Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts;
  • Please contact the program chairs at with any questions regarding submissions.

Conference format

Wednesday, July 6: Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.
Thursday, July 7: Conference and keynote. Presentations will be organized in panels chaired by a moderator that will lead a final discussion with authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the sessions for the day.
Thursday, July 7, evening: Performances.
Friday, July 8: Conference.
Friday, July 8, evening: Conference dinner.
Friday, July 8, night: Algorave.


Full registration: € 150 — before April 18th (one author per paper; includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner)
Reduced registration: € 50 — (non-presenting co-authors, authors without academic affiliation, general public; includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner)
Conference dinner: € 25 — (not included in the registration, also open to non-registered accompanying persons).

Scientific committee

Alessandro Ludovico, Neural / Academy of Art Carrara
Alex McLean, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Research in Music, University of Leeds
Alice Eldridge, University of Sussex
Alison Clifford, University of the West of Scotland
Álvaro Barbosa, University of Saint Joseph, Macao
André Rangel, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Andreas Muxel, Köln International School of Design, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
Andreas Zingerle, University of Art and Design, Linz
Arne Eigenfeldt, Simon Fraser University
Bongkeum Jeong, m-iti — Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
Carlos Guedes, New York University Abu Dhabi
Chandler McWilliams, UCLA
Christian Faubel, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Christoph Illing,
Cretien Van Campen, Netherlands Institute for Social Research
Cristina Sá, CITAR / School of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University in Porto
Damian Stewart, Artist, Vienna
Daniel Schorno, STEIM
Diemo Schwarz, IRCAM
Francesca Pasquali, University of Bergamo
Francesco Monico, Ars Academy Research / Planetary Collegium
Francisco Cardoso, Lima Independent Artist, Aveiro
Heitor Alvelos, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
João Cordeiro, CITAR, University of Saint Joseph, Macao
Jason Reizner, Faculty of Computer Science and Languages, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Jon McCormack, Monash University
Julio D’Escriván, University of Huddersfield
LIA, Artist, Vienna / FH Joanneum, Graz
Linda Kronman, Danube University Krems
Luís Gustavo Martins, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Luísa Ribas, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
Manuela Naveau, Ars Electronica
Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo
Martin Kaltenbrunner, Kunstuniversität Linz
Matthew Aylett, Royal Society Research Fellow, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Miguel Carvalhais, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Mitchell Whitelaw, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra
Monty Adkins, University of Huddersfield
Nathan Wolek, Stetson University
Nicolas Makelberge, Symbio
Nina Wenhart, Linz
Pablo Garcia, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Paulo Ferreira Lopes, Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
Pedro Cardoso, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Pedro Tudela, i2ADS / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra
Philip Galanter, Texas A&M University
Roxanne Leitão, The Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
Rui Torres, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto
Simone Ashby, m-iti — Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
Teresa Dillon, Independent Curator, Artist, Research & Educator
Tim Boykett, Time’s Up
Titus von der Malsburg, University of Potsdam
Thor Magnusson, University of Sussex / ixi audio
Valentina Nisi, University of Madeira
Yolanda Vazquez-Alvarez, University of Glasgow

Organizing committee

André Rangel, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Alison Clifford, University of the West of Scotland
Graeme Truslove University of the West of Scotland
Jason Reizner, Faculty of Computer Science and Languages, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo (Conference Chair)
Miguel Carvalhais, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Pedro Tudela, i2ADS / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto

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Les Baltazars - Nocturne

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:39
Nocturnes is an audiovisual project in two parts with the French artist duo Les Baltazars. Newly developed technology produces fog, light, wind and sound to create your own imaginary adventures. The project is a collaboration between BIT-Teatergarasjen, Lydgalleriet and BEK . Performances at Studio USF Friday 27. at 19 and 21. Installation at Lydgalleriet from Monday 30. – Thursday 3.

Nocturne # 1 – Sediments er et 18 minutters verk som blir presentert på Lydgalleriet. Her inviteres til dagdrømmerier, stimulert av en stadig skiftende, flyktig tåkeskulptur som virker både på bevissthet og kropp. Publikum kan bevege seg fritt i rommet, påvirke og forstyrre.

Nocturne # 2 – Tumbleweed er en forestilling med publikum plassert på en forhøyet plattform, i et rom som langsomt blir et tåkelandskap. De abstrakte, skyaktige massene tar form etter publikums egne tolkninger.

BEK vil presentere kunstnerne direkte etter første forestilling på Studio USF. Det vil også bli anledning til å møte kunstnerne og få en “guidet tur” i installasjonen torsdag 3. desember kl. 16.00

about the project

Prosjektet er støttet av Norsk kulturråd og Bergen kommune.

Time and place:
  • Studio USF - 27/11/2015 19:00
  • Studio USF - 27/11/2015 21:00
  • Østre - 30/11/2015 to 03/12/2015

Artist talk - Gunhild Mathea Olaussen

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 14:29

Gunhild Mathea Olaussen is a fellow at the Fellowship Program for Artistic Research, Norwegian Theatre Academy, Østfold University College. Here at BEK, on Friday 20 Nov. kl. 13.00, she speaks about the main trends in her private research work and her planned projects in 2016. We start with a small lunch.

Med bakgrunn som scenograf og musiker, søker Olaussen i sitt stipendiatprosjekt å utforme sceniske tablå som en eller flere aktører kan aktivere kinetisk, og påvirke instrumentelt. Dette for å utvikle en dramaturgi hvor man, i likhet med bevegelse, innlemmer de scenografiske og auditive elementene i den samtidige performative komposisjonen i rommet.

Sentralt i arbeidet står tilfeldighet og uforutsigbare faktorer, der aktørens lytting og respons fører hendelsesforløpet videre. En erfaring som kan fordre logikk og kunnskap utenfor bestemte kategorier, tillærte koder og begrep i hverdagslivet. Med mål om å åpne opp for en taktil erfaring av rom, lyd, og meningsinnhold.

Hos BEK vil Olaussen presentere forskningens hovedlinjer, for videre konkret å snakke om et planlagt prosjekt våren 2016. I den siste delen av presentasjonen ønsker hun å åpne opp for diskusjon med publikum, blandt annet deltakerene på BEKs MAX-workshop.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 20/11/2015 13:00

ATK for Reaper - beta 6

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 11:06

A new version of Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper has ben released. This version fixes an issue where the name of the plugins would be pretty useless in REAPER 5.

ATK for Reaper is a set of plugins for first-order ambisonic surround sound processing in the REAPER DAW. The plugins will be used extensively in the upcoming workshop on surround sound at BEK and Lydgalleriet.

The new version 1.0.0.b6 can be downloaded here.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 14/11/2015 to 15/11/2015

Ledig prosjektrom 2016

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:02

Prosjektrommet i Kunstnerverksteder CS 55 bookes nå for 2016.
Det ligger i 3.etg. i C. Sundtsgt 55, med tilgang til tekjøkken, våtrom / dusj og toalett.
Prosjektrommet er 52 kvm stort. Rommet har et firedelt vindu mot nord, ca. 2×2.4 m.Takhøyde 2,74 m.
Elektrisk oppvarming og lysrør i tak. Tilgang til stor vareheis med innkjørsel i port og fellesverksted.
Husleien er kr. 3800.- pr. mnd. inkl strøm, internett og andre fellesutgifter.

Kunstnerverksteder cs55
v/styreleder Karen Kipphoff
Mobil: 977 39 262

Kunstnerverksteder cs55 støttes av Bergen kommune og Hordaland fylkeskommune

Concert at Galleri RAM, Oslo

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:47

Trond Lossius, Ricardo del Pozo & Kjetil Austvoll-Dahlgren contributes to the 3rd installments of the Spaces Speak concert series at Galleri RAM.

Trond Lossius arbeider med lyd og installasjoner. Han utforsker forholdet mellom lyd og rom i stedspesifikke arbeider der spatial lyd fungerer som et immaterielt og temporært skulpturelt medium. Han har bidratt til en rekke tverrkunstneriske prosjekter i samarbeid med andre kunstnere, særlig installasjoner og innen scenekunst.

Han har hovedfag i geofysikk fra Universitetet i Bergen, komposisjon ved Griegakademiet, og har vært kunststipendiat ved Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen. Han er FOU-koordinator ved BEK, Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst.


“Tingen og slik den oppleves”

Tingen og slik den oppleves, er et multimedialt arbeid hvor kunstnerne undersøker et objekts egenskaper. Det er en performance som gjenspeiler objektets lyd, bevegelse og visuelle fremtoning. En uro har den iboende egenskapen å være stille og i bevegelse samtidig. Et passivt og aktivt objekt, en selvmotsigelse.

Austvoll-Dahlgren og Pozo er opptatt av kunst som et abstrakt språk og en fysisk opplevelse. De jobber ofte med hvordan oppfatningen av tid, lys og lyd påvirker hverandre. Kjetil Austvoll-Dahlgren har sin utdannelse fra Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo. Ricardo del Pozo er utdannet ved kunstakademiet i Bergen.


Spaces Speak er en konsertserie med fokus på interaksjonen mellom lyd og bilde kuratert av Joakim Blattman Moldestad & Ricardo del Pozo. Serien gjennomføres i samarbeid med Notam og RAM galleri. Konsertserien er gjennomført med arrangørstøtte fra Kulturrådet og Kulturetaten Oslo Kommune .


Photos by James Welburn. Used by permission, all rights reserved..

Time and place:
  • Galleri RAM, Oslo - 04/11/2015 20:00

Workshop on everyday sound

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:33

In week 44 Trond Lossius gave a workshop to master students in arts at the University of Agder in Kristiansand. The workshop was an introduction to working with sound in cross-disciplinary contexts.

The workshop combined lectures, listening sessions, sound walks, field recordings, an introduction to sound editing in REAPER, and concluded with a presentatin of projects developed over the week by the students. The above photo was taken during a listening exercise done one of the days. Inspired by earlier exercises by Murray Schaefer and Brandon LaBelle, we made notes of all that we heard.

Time and place:
  • University of Agder, Kristiansand - 27/10/2015 to 30/10/2015

Workshop: Surround sound and ambisonics

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 15:24

Sourround sound is used for music, film production, games, video, sound installations and in sound design for stage. This workshop provides a practical and creative introduction to the topic for beginners, with a particular emphasis on using Ambisonics in the REAPER DAW.

The workshop is led by Trond Lossius and is a collaboration between BEK and Lydgalleriet.

The workshop aims at developing practical skills as well as artistic and creative experience. Use the workshop to work on and develop your own creative ideas and projects, with supervision. Wednesday evening there will be a Multi concert at Lydgalleriet/Østre. Following that we move from BEK to Lydgalleriet for the last two days of the workshop. At Lydgalleriet you will get the opportunity to play, listen to and experiment with the 25-channel 3D ambisonic rig.

The workshop will be covering the following topics:

  • General introduction to surround sound and spatial hearing
  • Working with surround sound in the REAPER Digital Audio Workstation
  • Using multichannel sound cards and setting up multichannel playback systems
  • Introduction to ambisonics
  • Recording for surround and ambisonics sound production, using equipment available at BEK.
  • Encoding mono, stereo and surround sound recordings to ambisonics
  • Decoding ambisonics sound fields to mono, stereo, UHJ stereo, various surround speaker configurations and decoding for binaural headphone listening
  • Spatially transforming ambisonics sound fields using the Ambisonic Toolkit (ATK) for Reaper
  • Effect processing of ambisonic sound fields
  • Surround sound in video production using Final Cut Pro X
  • Working with higher-order ambisonics
  • Using surround sound in your own artistic and creative projects

Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge with audio editing in DAW programs such as Logic, Cubase, Reaper, ProTools, Ableton Live or similar. The workshop is free, but participants are expected to bring their own laptop (Win or OSX), headphones, and a licenses for the REAPER software. The workshop lasts for five days, running from 10:00 to 16:00. The first thre days the workshop takes place at BEK. Thursday and Friday we relocate to Lydgalleriet. Participants are expected to participate for the whole of the week.

Sign up by sending an email to, with the following information: Name, contact info (email and cell phone), a brief intro on yourself, your prior experience (if any) with work on sound, why you want to join the workshop and whether there’s anything particular you would want to work on.

Workshop leader is Trond Lossius.

Time and place:
  • BEK and Lydgalleriet - 07/12/2015 to 11/12/2015

Ellen Røed: Skyvelære

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:20

Skyvelære, the critical reflection that Ellen Røed delivered as part of her artistic research project, has now been published as a beautiful book by Bergen Academy of Arts and Design.

Ellen Røed’s project Processing Change was carried out at the Department of Fine Arts within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. It was supervised by Trond Lossius and Joost Rekveld. The final artistic result was the exhibition Skyvelære at the galleri 3,14 in Bergen from June to August 2013. The critical reflection contextualises and articulates the results. Together, the artistic work and the critical reflection constitute the final results of Ellen Røed’s fellowship project. They were assessed by a peer based committee consisting of Inger Lise Hansen, Ann Helen Mydland and Kjetil Berge.

Time and place:
  • KHIB - 18/10/2015 to 28/10/2015

BEK Hacklab

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:47

Every Tuesday at 14:00-16:00, BEK hosts a weekly meetup aimed to form and support a community exploring the relationship between art and technology. All are welcome, artists, hackers, technologists, designers and others who wish to explore hacking and creation at BEK. Let’s code, discuss, work on/share our projects and get inspired at the BEK hacklab! (Illustration by Olivia Tucker)


Time and place:
  • BEK - 27/10/2015 14:00
  • BEK - 03/11/2015 14:00
  • BEK - 10/11/2015 14:00
  • BEK - 17/11/2015 14:00
  • BEK - 24/11/2015 14:00
  • BEK/Lydgalleriet - 01/12/2015 14:00

Norwegian Music Tech Days 2015

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:24

Musikkteknologidagene 2015 is a national meeting and symposium for researchers, developers, educators, musicians and artists that work with music technology. This year it is hosted by the Music Conservatory at the University of Tromsø, in cooperation with Insomnia Festival. Trond Lossius represents BEK.

Chris Chafer from CCRMA , Stanford, will give a keynote presentation, and the Insomnia festival features among others Torus (B) , Hildur Gudnadottir (IS) , Paranoid London (UK) and Farao (N).

The scientific program also offers discussions and a series of presentations by participants. Trond Lossius will discuss recent development of Jamoma, and how larger artistic projects realised using Cycling’74 Max to control audio, video, lighting and interaction, may benefit from the use of Jamoma.


What can Jamoma do for you?

As your Max patchers for stage, music performances or sound installations grow in size, it becomes increasingly important that they do not run wild. Jamoma for Max is a package of externals and patchers that helps YOU to stay in control of your patch. Each section of your patch is neatly turned into a model. You gain a new sense of freedom with respect to how interfaces can be designed, and it is a relief to discover that the patch can be instantiated in a predictable and reliable way. At any moment you can ask your patch how it is currently configured, and use this to build presets and cues for future performances. How do you want interactions to operate? Mapping between parameters is a breeze, and invites playful experimentation. Advanced mappings with interpolations recreate long missed sound effect processes from the discontinued Hipno plugin suite. Many models are available for spatial audio, and AudioGraph turns your patch cord into an audio snake cable, carrying many channels.

Time and place:
  • Musikkonservatoriet, Universitetet i Tromsø - 22/10/2015 to 23/10/2015

Planned network outage

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 19:25

Coming Thursday (October 15) we transition to a new firewall. During the transition network connections in and out of BEK will be down, and the BEK servers (web sites, mail, etc.) will be out of reach. We start working at 15 CEST. We hope that the outage will be for a few minutes only, but if we hit problems, the outage may last up to two hours.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Artist Talk: Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 16:37

The composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan is currently artist in residency at USF. Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s works have been described as “an unearthly collage of sounds”, “sharply-edged”, and “free jazz gone wrong”. He will talk about his artistic work, with a particular emphasis on his plans for the stay in Bergen.

Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s works have been commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Interface (DE), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (FR), Insomnio Ensemble (NL), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), MIVOS Quartet, IKTUS Percussion, The Industry, wild Up, the [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA, and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, among others. Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, three of his works were presented at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015. Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt (2014), The Industry’s FIRST TAKE in L.A. (2015), and the MATA Interval Series in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. “Hunger is a kind of training session in mental disintegration… An ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw, a [sic] wailing orchestral effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers.” – Los Angeles Times.

Honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the HfMT Hamburg (Germany), Artist-in-Residence USF Verftet/City Council of Bergen, Norway (2015), American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014 & 2015), Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Winner of Iron Composer (2014), Winner of newEar Composer’s Competition, 2nd place American Prize, commissions from Mizzou International Composers Festival, International Horn Society, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), German/American Fulbright-Kommission, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and others. He is Executive Director of the VIPA Festival in Spain, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he has served as course instructor in electronic music and composition, as well as assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with Brad Lubman.

Current projects include Hunger, a multimedia opera with libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan, a work for Peter Ferry (percussion) and electronics (Chicago, 2016), a commission from the New York Virtuoso Singers (NYC, November 2015), and Eklekto Geneva Percussion Center (Switzerland, Nov.2015).

Time and place:
  • BEK - 14/10/2015 14:00

Artist talk: Gail Priest

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 15:48

Gail Priest is a Sydney-based artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. In October BEK hosts her for a short-term residency. During the stay she will give an artist talk, presenting her work as an artist, curator and writer. She will also present the Audible Women project — an online directory for women who make some kind of art that can be heard.

GAIL PRIEST is a Sydney-based artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. Her work comprises solo electro-acoustic performance and recordings, sound installations for gallery contexts, sound design for performance and video, as well as curation, critique and advocacy.

Her ongoing interest is in exploiting the liminal zone between figuration and abstraction, meaning-making and meaning breaking. In her gallery practice she seeks to create immersive listening environments that actively engage audiences, luring them into a heightened auditory realm, and challenging the visual-bias of the both the gallery and contemporary living.

In 2015-16 she has been awarded an Emerging & Experimental Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council to create her current body of work, Sounding the Future, exploring the audio realm in speculative fiction. The first iteration, an interactive sound, text and video installation, will be exhibited at Werkleitz, Halle, Germany as part of the Move.On festival in October 2015.

Gail also curates exhibitions and events such as her on going series Pretty Gritty and writes extensively about sound and music, including editing the book Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia (UNSW Press 2009.) She is also the instigator of the Audible Women project — an online directory for women who make some kind of art that can be heard.


Gail Priest has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Photos by Amar Belmabrouk

Time and place:
  • BEK - 16/10/2015 13:00


Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:40

Three generations and a total of 27 artists opens a group exhibition in the old jail in the middle of Bergen city center the 25th of September 2015 at 19.00h. This is not intended as a homogeneous exhibition, but an attempt to show the contemporary local art scene in Bergen.

BEK have supported many of the art projects with equipment and technical and artistic counselling. Trond Lossius and Anne Marthe Dyvi, both artists and working at BEK will participate in the exhibition.

With the artists:
Robert Alda, Sissel Blystad, Benedicte Clementsen, Anne Marthe Dyvi, Laurie Shallow, Olav Herman Hansen, John Audun Hauge, Silje Heggren, Rasmus Andreas Hungnes, Line Hvoslef, Elke Karnik, Bjorn Kolbjørnsen, Gabriel Johann Kvendseth, Birger Larsen, Trond Lossius Magnar Moen, Bjørn Mortensen, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Suvi Nieminen, Torill Nøst, Arvid Pettersen, Elsebet Rahlff, Egil Roed, Lisbeth Johansen Sjøvoll, Grethe Unstad, Anne Knutsdatter Wille and Lasse Årikstad

Time and place:
  • Gamle Bergen fengsel - 25/09/2015 to 11/10/2015

Workshop: Introduction to Max

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:11

BEK offers a one-week introductory workshop to the software Max. Max is an intuitive graphical environment for real-time processing of all kinds of media (sound, video, MIDI, light, sensors and robotics), and can be used for music, sound art, video, installations, works for stage and in interaction design. Instructor is Trond Lossius.

Sign up!

Participation in the workshop is free. Sign up by sending a mail to with a brief biography and motivation. If you have specific projects or interests that you want to use Max for, please let us know, so that we can plan the workshop accordingly.

Practical details

The workshop will run November 16-20 1000-1600, and consist of a mix of teaching, excersises and creative work on your own projects. Time will be set aside for supervision on the individual projects of each of the participants.

Participants are expected to bring their own Mac or Win laptop/PC. A 30-day fully functioning demo version of Max 7 can be downloaded from Cycling’74. If you don’t have access to a laptop of your own, please let us know.

About Max

Patching is how you make things work in Max. Connect boxes together to make interactive sounds, graphics, custom effects, and rich experiences. Patching is like programming, but more organic and immediate. No matter what you have on your table, you can probably make it talk to Max; Arduino, controllers, synthesizers, DMX lighting, projectors and live inputs.

Max is built on the idea of connecting things together to make something new. Connect plugins, media players, and custom DIY effects, or build something completely from scratch. Embed Javascript, Java, GLSL shaders, or compile your own C objects if you like programming too. Max provides everything from the most basic nuts and bolts to advanced effects modules that are ready to use. Mix, match, and tinker without limits. We thrive in the unexpected and improbable. Quickly patch together an idea, make a working prototype, or develop a complex interactive system. Patching in Max encourages exploration and invites you to change your mind.

Max is the language of Electronic Art and Music. Today Max is used all over the world in museums, music studios, galleries, universities, art schools, stages, research labs, and anywhere the limits of technology and creativity are being tested.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 16/11/2015 to 20/11/2015

BLOKK stiller ut på Galleri Plus

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 14:21

BLOKK er invitert til å stille ut ved Galleri Puls i Nordheimsund. Utstillingsperiode er 5 september til 3 oktober.

Deltakande kunstnarar:
Anngjerd Rustand
Cato Løland
Cecilia Jonsson
Corrina Thornton
Elin Brissman
Erlend Grevskott
Gabriel Kvendseth
Hans Christian Van Nijkerk
Heidi Kårtveit
Helene Norseth
Håkon Holm-Olsen
Karin Blomgren
Klara Sofie Ludvigsen
Linda Soh Trengereid
Vegard Vindenes

Åpning lørdag 05.09.15, 12.00
Galleri Puls, Grovabrotet 6, Nordheimsund

BEK støtter BLOKK med utlån av utstyr.

Erin Sexton at Ars Electronica

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 11:55

Erin came by BEK last week to fix her gear for the Ars Electronica performance on Saturday 5th.

Arc Electronica STWST 48 program

SAT Sept. 5, 2015
6 PM – 8 PM
Electromagnetic Dimension
Erin Sexton / Maindeck
Performing a series of spatiotemporal experiments with radio, objects and an antenna.


Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:31

PAB OPEN – Bergen’s Performance Art Festival over two intense days with nearly 100 performance artists. BEK assists with production help, MAX programming and equipment.

Time and place:
  • det gamle kretsfengselet - 05/09/2015 to 06/09/2015

Prospekt - en multimediainstalasjon

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:45

Før sommeren jobbet en super gjeng med ungdommer med skulptur, lyd, lys, video, animasjon, tegning, maling og elektronikk.
Sammen med kunstnerne Roar Sletteland og Kjersti Sletteland presenterte de en altoppslukende installasjon på Lydgalleriet 30. juni. BEK bisto med utstyr til workshop og visning.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 30/06/2015 00:00