Bergen Center for Electronic Arts
The exhibition “Make Default” at Hordaland Kunstsenter, is showcasing works by Marco Bruzzone, Jan Freuchen, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Linn Pedersen, Phillip Raiford Johnson, Sigmund Skard and André Tehrani.
Magnhild Øen Nordahls video work, “How to Make a Utah Teapot” shows ceramist Anne-Lise Karlsen in action, making a Utah Teapot. The video is shot with equipment from BEK, and edited in our video studio.
The exhibition is up until the end of May.
At the FAQ festival i s-Hertogenbosch Marieke Verbiesen gives a presentation of sound and music projects produced at BEK.
FAQ festivalis a festival for electronic music.
Den syvende utgaven av FAQ Festival for elektronisk musikk vil finne sted den 7. til 10. april 2016 i ’s-Hertogenbosch, Nederland i selskap med W2 Poppodium, Playful Arts Festival og Willem II Factory.
FAQ Festival utforsker grenser hvor populær og avant-garde musikk utfordres, med fokus på elektronisk musikk.
Festivalen finner sted ved “De Toonzaal”; en liten, koselig konsertsal som holder til i en gammel synagoge i s-Hertogenbosch. Siden 200 har De Toonzaal vært en arena for klassisk og samtidsmusikk, jazz og world music.Time and place:
- De Toonzaal s-Hertogenbosch - 09/04/2016 to 09/04/2017
Time and place:
- De Toonzaal s-Hertogenbosch - 09/04/2016 to 09/04/2017
The exhibition at Kristiansand kunsthall by Sveinung Rudjord Unneland was partly developed at BEK. The sound installation integrated in a sculptural work.
Sveinung Rudjord Unneland is a young artist based in Bergen. His work is mainly in painting and sculpture, but for this exhibition a sound piece recorded and edited by the artist has been an important part of the project. Rudjord Unneland has a strong artistic language in colour, and this time sound have been added to his palette.
BEK have assisted him with integrating a soundscape from Syntagma Square in Athens into one of the sculptural elements in the space.
- Kristiansand kunsthall - 17/03/2016 to 01/05/2016
In Heimevernet Lisa Nøttseter examines what it means for something to be typically Norwegian, looking at history, sociology and culture. She is left with a satirical and distorted micro-Norway, following its own logic. BEK is co-producer.
The Norwegian romantic nationalism movement sought to build the nation on mutual history, language and identity. It’s a bigger challenge to establish an understanding of how we view ourselves in today’s postmodern society. This task has barely started. Heimevernet looks closer at the multitude of understandings of a national self. Should we accept the national identity as being fluid and flexible? Is it possible to for us to bridge the gap between “us” and them” by acknowledging that there are countless perceptions of what it means to be Norwegian?
It is through others that we see ourselves, whether they are Syrian refugees or Romani beggars. Some struggle to accept this view and refuse to admit to having a limited understanding of themselves. Because the world is ultimately a just place. We are better off because we simply are better. Successful, grateful, and privileged, we defend our brilliant systems and sovereign oil wealth. Welcome to a night of authentic Norwegian cosiness and well-being.
Kunstnerisk leder: Lisa Nøttseter | Scenografi og kostyme: Silje Sandodden Kise | Utøvere: Marianne Kjærsund, Maja Roel og Emilie Dahlén | Lysdesign: Silje Grimstad | Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad |Produsent: Ragnhild Gjefsen | Co-produsert av: BIT Teatergarasjen, BEK | Støttet av: Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen kommune, Hordaland fylkeskommune og Bergen Dansesenter.Time and place:
- BIT-Teatergarasjen / Studio USF - 07/05/2016 19:00
- BIT-Teatergarasjen / Studio USF - 07/05/2016 21:00
The film Doing Time (2015) by Anne Marthe Dyvi is exhibited at Krognoshuset in Lund, Sweden. The work was made at BEK for the exhibition LOKALT 2015 in the old prison in Bergen.
Doing Time. A 9,5 minute long film shot in August 2015 in a male prison in Norway. The film portrays the process of a convict making candles, an artist discussing his work with him, and him talking about religion, science and life. The film is shot during two days in a high risk department in the prison. The convict is Emmanuel Okeke, he is from Africa, and he have six months left before he is free after doing six and a half years. Then he will be sent out of Norway. His family lives in Spain. He have not seen them in six years.Time and place:
- BEK - 17/03/2016 to 20/04/2016
The web site for Jamoma has been revamped. It has a new design, and uses Bootstrap so that it works with mobile devices as well.
The structure of the site has been reorganised, making it easier to find information, tutorials and downloads. Tutorials are still missing, but the plan is to add a series of screencasts over the coming weeks.
Andrew M. McKenzie is a legend of the sound art and experimental music scene. With great perseverance and integrity, McKenzie has, since the late 1970s, produced a large body of work, predominantly in performances, records and writings under the name The Hafler Trio.
At BEK we will be screening the documentary “Giving a Baby a Chainsaw – An Art Apart: The Hafler Trio”, followed by a conversation with McKenzie on his work and thinking.
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:
- BEK - 12/04/2016 19:00
Ina Porselius is showing a 3-channel video installation, “Allting går över om man blundar”, at Room 8, next week. Ina is last year’s graduate from Bergen Academy of Arts and Design. BEK supports the exhibition with sound equipment.
[text fragments from the work]
Jag: Mamma varför älskar du charterresor så?
Mamma: För det är livet, varmt och soligt.
Jag: Vill du och Carina följa med mig på en charterresa och så får jag filma er?
Mamma: Jag vet inte Ina, vad ska det bli för film egentligen?
Jag: En film om er.
Jag: Vart vill ni åka då?
Mamma: Det spelar ingen roll. Tror vi skulle kunna ha det lika kul i en koja i skogen.
Mamma: Jag pratade med Carina idag, vi är så glada för att vi ska åka, vi pratade i flera timmar.
Jag: Varför pratade ni så länge?
Mamma: För att vi älskar varandra förstår du väl?
Jag: Mamma, hur känns det att ha jobbat så hårt hela ditt liv?
Jag: Mamma, hur känns det att hela din kropp är söndersliten?
Jag: Mamma, varför opererar du inte dina knän?
Jag: Mamma, känner du dig ensam?
Jag: Mamma, jag är orolig för dig.
ToBe Continued is an original concert lasting 24 hours, during which musicians from many parts of the World will be connected to a website that broadcast their concerts. Stephan Meidell will be performing from BEK 1230-1300 (CET), and Trond Lossius will be performing at 1430-1500 (CET).
World TB Day
starting at 00.00 till midnight (GMT+1) on March 24th, 2016
Sounds from Stazione di Topolò/Global Health Incubator across the World and back
ToBe Continued is coming back on March 24th, World TB Day
ToBe Continued is an original concert lasting 24 hours (from 00.00 hours to the midnight of March 24th, GMT+1), during which musicians from many parts of the World will be connected to a website that will broadcast their concerts. During this un-interrupted 24 hour marathon (ToBe Continued… in fact) each musician has at disposal a 30-minute window, thus creating a relay of sounds and rhythms that will range from the different streams of the “new music”.
The event, that will cover the 24th of March, World TB Day, in its entirety, is coordinated by Antonio Della Marina, musician and computer music composer, and by Moreno Miorelli, artistic director of the annual gathering “Stazione di Topolò/Postaja Topolove”. The whole initiative is under the aegis of the Global Health Incubator, the ‘laboratory’ established in July 2009 in Topolò to create links between the world of creativity and that of science.
The participating musicians will perform live from many different countries including Cameroun, Thailand, Bolivia, Chile, Costarica, Perù, New Zealand, China, India, Mexico, Argentina, Philippine, USA, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Morocco, Georgia, Turkey, and many European countries (Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Eire, Slovenja, Greece, Albania, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Makedonia, Poland, Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Transnistria, Great Britain), creating a symbolical tour of the world with 48 stops.Anybody can listen to ToBe Continued…,as long as an internet connection is available, by connecting to the website www.stazioneditopolo.it
The project includes several public listening points: bars, libraries, cultural centers, art galleries, shops, web radio, all listed on the website, that will broadcast the concert (if you want, you can create a listening point, tell us…). The list will be present on the stazioneditopolo web page.Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB in English and TBC in Italian) is a curable disease. However, it is often underestimated, if not totally ignored, as a major human scourge, although it is globally the leading cause of death from an infectious disease, causing the loss of 1.7 million people each year, 4000 every day, with thousands of unnecessary victims also in the richest countries every year.
The project ToBe Continued…is also part of the initiatives organized by Stop TB Italia to commemorate World TB Day. The event has the help to Eli Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and Sanofi, the collaboration with UNIKUM – Culture Centre of the University of Klagenfurt, that will provide the facilities for the coordination of the concerts and the patronage of Global TB Programme of World Health Organization.
info: 0039 335 5643017 / fb: tobe continued website: www.stazioneditopolo.it/24h-2015 (and 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010). The website 2016 coming soon…
- www.stazioneditopolo.it - 24/03/2016 00:00
Stian Remvik at BEK has programmed and installed a play list and put up listening stations for Radio Space. You’ll find the listening stations at the main library and here at BEK. You can also listen to Radio Space by clicking PLAY on Borealis and our web page.
This year commisioned works from Radiophrenia (UK) and The Lake (DK), two plattforms for radio art, is also presented.
The service is delivered by Mixlr, and the play list is curated by Peter Meanwell.
Supported by Fritt ord.Time and place:
- Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek med flere - 09/03/2016 to 30/03/2016
Stian Remvik at BEK has programmed and installed a play list and put up listening stations for Radio Borealis. You’ll find the listening stations at the main library, Bergen storsenter og her at BEK. You can also listen to the Radio Borealis by clicking PLAY on Borealis and our web page.
The service is delivered by Mixlr, and the play list is curated by Peter Meanwell.Time and place:
- Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek med flere - 09/03/2016 to 09/04/2016
Six female experimental musicians from Cairo visit Borealis 2016, giving a concert at Østre. While in Bergen they will also be introduced to surround and ambisonic sound and music production during a workshop in collaboration between Borealis, BEK and Lydgalleriet.
The workshop starts at BEK and ends at Lydgalleriet/Østre, where they will be able to test out the full 24 speaker MULTI rig. We hope to be able to have them back in Bergen sometimes later and hear what this workshop will lead to.
For years now, Asmaa Azzouz, Shorouk El Zomor, Jacqueline George, Nina El Gebaly, Hagar Masoud and Ola Saad have been collectively and individually intertwined within the world of sound art, noise, and experimental music. All six musicians are each direct musical descendents from the brilliant sound artist and curator Ahmed Basiouny, who tragically lost his life while protesting in Cairo during the January 2011 revolution. Basiouny is known for being one of the pioneers of sound art through his deconstruction and reconstruction of the traditional sonic sphere. With the use of tone generators, pitch and timbral deconstructions, jazz structures, field recordings and layers upon layers, this project is a true testament to free and creative expression. It is emblematic of Cairo’s soundscape, at the same time traces of melodies and rhythms can be found through this beautifully orchestrated and outrageous experiment in a radical Do-It-Yourself fashion.
After the concert Thursday night Mahmoud Refat plays 100 Copies Music. Producer and musician Mahmoud Refat and the record label 100 Copies have been at the heart of Egyptian underground music for years. He brings a record bag stuffed full of the latest Egyptian releases, party music hot from Cairo´s dancefloors.
Supported by Embassy of Egypt in Oslo, Norway and Music Norway.Time and place:
- Borealis/BEK/Lydgalleriet - 09/03/2016 to 11/03/2016
MULTI is a concert series presenting music and sound pieces for multichannel surround sound, exploring the musical and artistic expressions this setup reveals. The Borealis festival premiers new works by Anders Vinjar, Kari Telstad Sundet and Julian Skar.
MULTI is a concert series presenting music and sound pieces for multichannel surround sound, exploring the musical and artistic expressions this setup reveals. The sound’s spatial qualities are essential in these works as the audience is encircled by sound on all sides. This year’s concert at Borealis presents three world premiers. Anders Vinjar has composed a new piece where the music manoeuvres itself through audible spaces of different sizes and shapes and their limits in the form of walls, roof, floor, interior – existing spaces and impossible spaces, real and unreal spaces. A commission by Julian Skar explores doubt and ultimate freedom. Kari Telstad Sundet’s new piece is film music for a film which doesn’t exist – apart from behind the listener’s own eyelids. Telstad Sundet digs in to her own and others’ memories, references and associations in order to look for music’s visual nature. The piece shows the same scene as if it was shot three times on three different locations – three “last moments”.
MULTI is a collaboration between Lydgalleriet, BEK, NOTAM, Borealis and Electric Audio Unit and entails commissions and development of new work, software development and competence building within surround sound, as well as presenting important Norwegian and international works.
Anders Vinjar – Le camere invisibili / Usynlige rom (world premiere)
Kari Telstad Sundet – Hvilested (world premiere)
Julian Skar – Kunsten å tvile (world premiere) – Mia Marlen Berg (voice)
Curated by Trond Lossius, Roar Sletteland and Peter Meanwell.
In collaboration with BEK and Lydgalleriet.
Supported by NOTAM, Kulturrådet and Bergen kommune.
- Borealis, Østre, Østre Skostredet 3 - 10/03/2016 17:00
- Borealis, Østre, Østre Skostredet 3 - 10/03/2016 21:00
The artist and researcher Ximena Alarcón from CRISAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice) visits BEK in week 7. Friday February 19 she will give an artist talk, presenting her artistic practise, and also discuss her ongoing work on ‘Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound’.
For the remaining of the week she will be working with Trond Lossius on how to create interfaces for accessing archives of sound, such as archives of field or speech recordings. Together they will explore the possibility of utilising Jamoma for this, in preparation for further research relating to the “Sound Matters” framework.
Ximena Alarcón is an artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces, connecting this to individual and collective memories. Her practice involves deep listening, sonic improvisation, and the creation of screen-based interfaces for relational listening that expand our sense of belonging and place. She is interested in creating telematic performances, derived from listening in interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. She completed a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation, from De Montfort University, and received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009, which led to the creation of ‘Sounding Underground’. She gained a Deep Listening Teaching Certificate in 2012, and is currently a tutor for the Deep Listening Training Program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 2011 she has been Research Fellow at Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), based at the London College of Communication, where she has developed ‘Networked Migrations’. In 2015 she launched with Cathy Lane the first stage of a JISC funded project ‘Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound’, which explores the creation of interfaces for interrogation and relational playback of Field Recordings and Speech.
Her visit to BEK is funded by an Erasmus grant.Time and place:
- BEK - 19/02/2016 10:00
Velkommen til ROM 8, og et seminar initiert av BEK og Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen, onsdag 27. januar.
The seminar, led by professor Hilde Hauan at the Department of Fine Art, will question hybrid, intervened and collaborative artworks. How has the artwork been created? Who has the ownership of the artwork? How do ideas and methods from one practice get translated into another? How do we deal with compromise and negotiation in the process of collaborative work?
What about the social, cultural or political position of the artwork? What about the economy, how to share the expenses or the payment?
Wednesday 27 January 2016
11:00AM Welcome by Hilde Hauan
11:10AM Introduction by moderator Øystein Hauge
11:30AM Presentation by Jeremy Welsh / Trond Lossius / Jon Arne Mogstad: film/sound/visual
12:00AM Marit Følstad / Ole Jørgen Ness: Video/Painting
12.30AM Maia Urstad / Hilde Hauan: Fiberoptic/Sound
14:00AM Frans Jacobi: SYNSMASKIN
14:30AM Eamon O´Kane: Collaborations
15:00AM Kjersti Sundland: Works
15:30AM Hilde Hauan/Jon Arne Mogstad: RE:MAKE / RE:ALISE
16:00AM Coffèe/Questions and Discussions
For more information about the seminar email Hilde.Hauan(at)khib(dot)no
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Saturday 16.01.16 at 1 pm Heimdal Kunstforening opens an exhibition by the artist group LMW: Trond Lossius, Jon Arne Mogstad, Jeremy Welsh – three artists working in three different medias: video, painting and sound.
Kunstnergruppen LMW ble dannet i 2004 med en utstilling på Kristiansands Kunsthall. Utstillingen, Dialog/Overgang, ble første i en serie som varte til 2011, med visninger på gallerier, museer, teater og festivaler. Som tittelen sier, handlet hele prosjektet om dialog mellom tre kunstnere med tre ulike former for kunstnerisk praksis, og om utforsking av overganger mellom disse. Dialog/Overgang serien bestod av installasjoner med en blanding av maleri, foto, video, digitalbilder, silketrykk, lys og lyd. Siste prosjekt i serien ble presentert under utstillingen BGO1 på Bergen kunstmuseum KODE i 2010-11. En av utstillingene i serien fant sted på Trondheim Kunstforening i 2005.
Utstillingen på Heimdal Kunstforening er ikke en videreføring av Dialog/Overgang men allikevel er det en ny dialog mellom kunstnerne. Etter flere år med arbeid på store offentlige utsmykninger, har Jon Arne Mogstad brukt noen måneder på atelier for å lage en serie med store malerier der han utforsker tekstilfarge som medium. Materialets transparens og flyttende kvalitet skaper nye muligheter for en videre utvikling av abstrakt maleriets formspråk og bygger på Mogstads mangeårig praksis som maler.
Jeremy Welsh har for anledning laget en kort digitalanimasjon med tittelen New Rose basert på disse malerier til Jon Arne Mogstad. Videoen er både kommentar og undersøkelse av malerienes detaljrik overflater, og er samtidig en lenke tilbake til begynnelsen av Dialog/Overgang, hvor Welsh laget en animasjon som denne gangen ble prosjissert direkte på en av Mogstad’s malerier.
The Atmospherics er et pågående prosjekt av Lossius og Welsh, basert på feltopptak i landskapet. Lyden er tatt opp med en ambisonic mikrofon, som kaprer lyd samtidig fra alle himmelretninger og danner grunnlaget for å skape installasjoner med surround lyd. Videoen er spillt inn med høyoppløsning (4K) kamera, som kaprer mye detalje og subtile nyanser. Materialet i både lyd og bilde er bearbeidet under redigering for å skape installasjoner som er assosiative og reflekterende heller en dokumentariske. Begge kunstnere er veldig opptatt av samtidsmusikk, og det kan sies at dette felles arbeid er en form for komposisjon. The Atmospherics har så langt blitt presentert på flere utstillingssteder, inkludert Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal og Galleri 3,14 i Bergen. Senere i 2016 blir den største installasjon så langt stillt ut på Kunstmuseum i Sogn og Fjordane, Førde. Prosjektet har vært støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Bergen Kommune og Trondheim Kommune.
Fra 2004 – 2009 var alle tre kunstnere tilknyttet Kunst og Designhøgskolen i Bergen. Nå for tiden er Mogstad og Welsh professorer på Kunstakademiet i Trondheim NTNU og Trond Lossius er forskningsleder på Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst.
- Heimdal kunstforening - 16/01/2016 to 28/01/2016
In January 2016 the interactive vocal installation ”The sound in-between” by Line Horneland can be experienced in Sola ruinkirke, a mediaevel church outside Stavanger. The project combines vocal soundscapes and spatiality.
Sound is central to human life, and the aspect of sound is implicit in spatiality. The project thematizes space and sound in an art context, as a place for the listener’s prereflective experiences.
The installation is part of a master project at Stord/Haugesund University College, with Trond Lossius at BEK as external supervisor.
The installation can be experienced in week 2, 2016:
Thursday 14 January 17-19 pm
Friday 15 January 17-19 pm
Saturday 16 January 12-14 pm
Sunday 17 January 12-14 pm
Thanks to Sola kulturhusTime and place:
- Sola ruinkirke - 14/01/2016 to 17/01/2016
Marieke Verbiesen at BEK will give a workshop in basic audiovisual recording and editing techniques Tuesday 26. & Wednesday 27. January from 18:00 to 21:00. BEK’s video equipment will be available for practical training. The workshop is free, please sign up via email: bekatbekdotno
In this course we will go through some basic audiovisual recording techiques that can be used to record installations, exhibitions, and performances.
You’ll get a basic insight into the differences between various lenses, cameras and formats, as well as post production techniques such as color correction and mixing.
BEK´s video equipment is available to the workshop participants.
You need to be familiar with a basic use of video- and photo camera, and you need to have done some video editing before.Time and place:
- BEK - 26/01/2016 to 27/01/2016
Avdeling for kunst ved professor Hilde Hauan inviterer kunstnere og designere til et workshopsamarbeid med Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst (BEK) 19. 20. og 21. januar. Workshopen er ledet av Søren Andreasen som underviser Arduino og Lilypad.
Workshopen er fulltegnet.