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Server problems - no Mac at the sound studio

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 15:24

Monday evening, we experienced problems with our main server at BEK. The issues turned out to be many and complicated, and only late yesterday we managed to get services up and running again.

We’ll save you the tedious details, but the Xserve that we were running services on turned out to have severe hardware issues beyond the point of repair. As a temporary solution we have repurposed the MacBook pro that used to reside at the sound studio, and services now run from this computer. We believe this is a functional and reliable solution for some time to come, giving us the time needed to migrate services to newer platforms. As a bonus we are also experiencing a small speed bump.

The downside is that we currently are without any computer at the sound studio. We do not consider this a major obstacle, as most users anyway tend to use their own laptops. However, if you plan on using the studio and depend on us to provide a Mac for you, make sure that we get to know well in advance.

Power to the Pixel - Tickets on sale

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:17

Tickets are now on sale for The Conference (13 Oct) and The Pixel Market Finance Forum (14 Oct), part of this year’s Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum!

At The Conference audience members will experience a series of think pieces and case studies present by the leading professionals in media around the latest in financing, distributing and creating cross-platform content and new entertainment formats. At The Pixel Market Finance Forum ticket holders will get invaluable insights from the leading funders, distributors and platforms working across film, TV, games, interactive, advertising, publishing and the arts on what content they are supporting and why plus can experience 8 cutting edge projects as they pitch for the ARTE International Prize for The Pixel Market of €4,000!

Ticket holders also gain access to the Opening Night Networking Drinks at the Marriott Hotel and The Pixel Market Finance Forum Networking Drinks at Topolski Bar.

Please help us spread the word about this year’s exciting event by sharing the following with you networks and friends.

Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum is supported Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Additional support from BFI Film Fund, Arts Council England, British Council, Creative Skillset, Canada Media Fund, INCAA, IMCINE, RioFilme, FIRJAN, SICAV, ARTE, Telefilm, Bell Fund, Cesnik Quintino & Salinas, POV, ABPITV, IFP and Cinekid.

INCAA, IMCINE, RioFilme, FIRJAN, SICAV, Cesnik Quintine & Salinas and ABPITV.

Call for Nordic participants to Article biennale 2016

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:09

io-lab is calling for Nordic artists and academics who can contribute to the program for the upcoming Article biennale in Stavanger, Norway 2016.

The art exhibition will be supplemented by events in the form of discussion panels, artist’s presentations and activities aimed at children and youths. The development of a mobile laboratory that will tour the district during the exhibition period is also planned.

They ask prospective participants to send an email presenting their suggested contribution to the program. The submitted material should not exceed 2Mb, and should be sent to

THEME for Article Biennale 2016

The New Eden – or the new paradise … What happens when people gains the knowledge of everything and the opportunity to create things in its image? Where is the boundary between good and evil, and will we be able to know everything or have eternal life?

According to the Judeo-Christian creation myth the first humans lived carefree and innocent in them to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.

The 2016 Article Biennial exhibition The New Eden explores our advanced knowledge of manipulating life, and where we might be headed with this.

In the New Eden are creatures that have been created through sophisticated intervention in the natural order. Today we have enough knowledge to create gold, make skin resist bullets, and store information in DNA. What do we do with this knowledge? And what does it do to us? What are the implications of the new biotechnology on society?

We are calling for Nordic artists and academics who can contribute to the program.

The art exhibition will be supplemented by events in the form of discussion panels, artist’s presentations and activities aimed at children and youths. The development of a mobile laboratory that will tour the district during the exhibition period is also planned.

We ask prospective participants to send an email presenting their suggested contribution to the program. The submitted material should not exceed 2Mb, and should be sent to

Neither Nor : The Art of Violin Playing

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:01

The Art of Violin Playing is a Neither Nor music-theatre production for 2 violinists, 2 dancers, 4 robotic arms, vocalist, electronics + additional performers. A work-in-progress performance will be given at o espaço do tempo, Portugal, on August the 29th and again at Cornerteatret, Bergen, on September the 9th. Thorolf Thuestad has been busy at BEKs project space this summer, developing the 4 robotic wooden arms for the show.

After the show at Cornerteatret, there will be a reception in the bar to celebrate the official launch of Neither Nor.

Buy tickets online

Yaniv Cohen (movement/performer)
Alec Hall (violin/performer)
Guido Henneboehl (electronics)
Alwynne Pritchard (voice/performer, concept, direction, choreography and sound)
Aline Sánchez (movement/performer)
Lisa Simpson (costumes)
Thorolf Thuestad (electronics, kinetics, sound and computing)
Susanne Zapf (violin/performer)

Commissioned by Susanne Zapf with funds from the Norsk komponistforening, with additional support from Bergen kommune, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Music Norway, the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, BEK (Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts) and Bergen Dansesenter.

Neither Nor, a Bergen-based music-theatre company led by Thorolf Thuestad and Alwynne Pritchard. Working from the premise of music as a cognitive process, a way of thinking, the company addresses means of making music-driven theatre, investigating causal relationships between music, language, the human body, stage action, mechanics, kinetics, electronics and environment.

Neither Nor

Time and place:
  • O esopacio do tempo, Portugl - 29/08/2015 00:00
  • Cornerteateret - 09/09/2015 20:00

Elin Vister: Røster III at Ultima

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:47

Røster III takes the listener on an aural journey through a series of sound tableauxs carefully sculptured and arranged by the artist’s archive of field recordings from the Røst Arcipelago, in Lofoten, Northern Norway between 2010 and 2015.

The work places the listening body in a time-space continuum where nature and culture co-exist and are given equal importance, giving ear to the eternal variation of voices and spaces; the geophonies and anthrophonies of Røst.

Røster III is a sound work for eight channels or more, created and composed by Elin Mar Øyen Vister, site specifically mixed and spatialized in collaboration with Trond Lossius and BEK in Bergen.

At Deichmanske hovedbibliotek, Røster III will be experienced in the old music room, which has a hexagonal space and was originally acoustically treated for the purpose of listening to the music library. The installation is created around a set up of eight speakers arranged in a vertical and a horizontal landscape, between the books in the bookshelves, and the room will at most times have no lights. The listening sense is hence given sensual priority in our otherwise dominantly visual culture.

Maja S. K. Ratkje will be joining as guest performer on WeDoMagic at the opening of the installation.

Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet). Inga Byrkjeland (cello). Maja S. K. Ratkje (vocal). Elin Mar Øyen Vister (mix, objects og electronics).

Entrance to the opening is free, as part of Oslo cultural night.

Time and place:
  • Ultima, Deichmanske hovedbibliotek, Oslo - 11/09/2015 to 23/10/2015

Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper 1.0.b5

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 12:47

A new beta version of Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper is available at

This version fixes an issue with the binaural decoder and Spherical HRTFs at 88.2 and 96 kHz. Thanks to Juan Pampin for pointing out this bug in the code.

Additionally, there’s a new channel (within track) mute and solo utility plugin that can come in handy when doing effects processing on a B-format => BtoA => FXs => AtoB => Bformat signal processing chain. I would then insert the MuteSoloChannels plugin before the AtoB plugin in order to monitor the effect of the processing on each of the channels of the A-format signal.


Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:20

The total amount of prizes is 1200 EURO!

Application deadline 21.08.2015 (date of post stamp)

We would like to invite you to participate in an International
Competition digital_art_now addressed at artists creating
interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary art in the
field of new media and using methods of Open Source software and/or
hardware in artistic practice. The Piksel Festival in Bergen(NO) is
co-organizing the competition and the main partner of the
Digital IA Festival.

For the competition we expect works which represent different artistic
strategies and different media outputs connected to the exhibition
theme: from video, through multi-media installations, interactive
installations, performance, network projects (net art), up to
multi-media concert projects, live cinema, mapping and activities in
urban space, etc.

The competition is mainly addressed at artists interested in using
digital media in their work and beside that at any work integrating
“old” and “new” media in specific projects in an interesting manner.

Participation conditions

The notified projects shall be executed no ealier then 2013. Detailed
information concerning the participation conditions in the Competition
have been listed in the Regulations below or under the following e-mail

Interested persons are asked to send their applications by 21st August
2015 to the following address:

13muz / Kamila Pałka
pl. Żołnierza Polskiego 2,
70-551 Szczecin, Poland

Full announcement:

Cultural Institution the City of Szczecin 13muz (
Piksel Festival (
City of Szczecin (
Norway Funds (

The competition of Digital_ia 2015 project co-financed from EEA funds
coming from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and national resources.

Jamoma DSP developer workshop

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:40

In July five of the Jamoma developers met up for a one-week workshop at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. The workshop targeted further development and use of the C++ libraries.

The workshop was intense and productive, and mainly targeted the following topics:

The use of Jamoma C++ libraries in various hosting environments. So far the Jamoma Core C++ library has primarily been used for development of externals for Cycling’74 Max. During the workshop we investigated how Jamoma DSP units can be used in other environments, e.g. for development of VST and AudioUnit plugins using Juce or wdl-ol, and for general development of media applications through integration with OpenFrameworks.

Spatialisation. We made good progress on development of SpatLib, an extension to Jamoma DSP that will implement common spatialisation algorithms such as VBAP, DBAP and ambipanning. We also discussed how to approach the design of spatialisation models in Jamoma 0.6 for Max. Finally, a roadmap was drawn for further development of the SpatDIF specification and implementations.

Jamoma 2. The current implementation of Jamoma AudioGraph has limitations in terms of efficiency as well as graph structuring. While examining these issues, as well as general shortcomings of the current Jamoma DSP library, we decided to start a major refactoring of the C++ libraries in general, taking advantage of modern C++ features and the experience we have gained from development so far. Initial development of Jamoma 2 was started during the workshop. The Jamoma 2 repository can be found here.

Photos by Jan Schacher and Trond Lossius.

Time and place:
  • Stetson University, DeLand, Florida - 20/07/2015 to 24/07/2015


Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:30

The End(s) of Electronic Literature Conference will take place August 5-7, 2015, and is hosted by the Electronic Literature Research Group at the University of Bergen. Pre-conference workshops will take place on August 4th. BEK supports the conference with equipment.


• The Ends of Electronic Literature (Universitetsbiblioteket 4-28.8)
• Kid E-Lit (Bergen offentlige bibliotek 4.8-30.9)
• Hybride grensesnitt, digitale fortellinger (Lydgalleriet 4-22.8)
• Desentrert (Stiftelsen 3,14; 4-23.8)
• Interventions (Visningsrommet USF 4-7.8)

Exhibitions and performances of electronic literature are open to the public. An overview can be found here

Discussions on Twitter use hashtag #ELO2015.

Time and place:
  • Galleries and Libraries - 04/08/2015 to 07/08/2015

Trond Lossius: Losing myself in the world

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 09:37

Trond Lossius has contributed a chapter to the book Labor Mülheim. Künstlerisches Forschen im Feldern zwischen Prekarität und Kreativität, edited by Jürgen Krushe. The book reflects on artistic research projects carried out in Mülheim in the Ruhr region, and is published by Jovis Verlag GmbH.

The book documents and reflects on artistic research projects corrdinated by Zürcher Horchschule der Künste (ZHdK). An extended version of the reflection on the sonozones project has previously been published in Journal for Artistic Research.

More info on the book
Web site with additional media accompanying the book

Time and place:
  • Jovis Verlag GmbH - 03/08/2015 to 20/08/2015

Mail server issues (fixed)

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 12:00

We’ve had some issues with the mail server over the past few days, but the issue seems to be fixed now. If you’ve sent mails to mail accounts over the past few days that got returned, please resend.

If you still experience problems, please email

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Three Mixers Concert Landmark

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 18:05

An evening of expressive Live-electronics and visuals by Tijs Ham, Bjornar Habbestad & Birk Nygård. The turbulances within the tubes of the flute are matched by the complex behaviors of feedback mixers. And if this isn’t enough… we also have lasers!

Tijs Ham, a sound artist, working at STEIM in the Netherlands, will be developing a new live electronics setup in a residency at BEK during 2 weeks in June 2015. In his works he combines the expressive chaotic sounds of analog feedback mixers and programmed digital manipulations. On 24 June Ham will perform a set with the new setup and give a talk giving an insight into the system, its possibilities and future goals.
For the performance Tijs will be joined by Bjørnar Habbestad, a flutist working as a soloist, chamber- and ensemble musician in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia and the US, and covering musical grounds from classical contemporary to noise, electro-acoustic and free improvised music.
Lastly, Birk Nygaard will join in with a fascinating new project, combining lasers with sound to arrive at beautifully synced audiovisual experience.

The project ‘Three Mixers’ is supported by Stimuleringsfonds E-Cultuur.

Doors open: 19.00
Concert start: 20.00

Time and place:
  • Landmark - 24/06/2015 to 25/06/2015

Ingrid Berven: New book in the library

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:12

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition at Stiftelsen 3,14, Ingrid Berven has published a book documenting recent and older works, with texts by Bjørn Inge Follevaag, Kjartan Fløgstad, Gunnar Danbolt, Øystein Hauge, Knut Ove Arntzen, Grete Riis, Tore Vagn Lid, Solveig Øvstebø, Martin Haugen, Knut Kolnar and Grethe Grathwol.

The book is available in the BEK library


Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:46

To better operate our booking system of our facilities of technical equipment, editing facilities and project spaces there will be from August 2015 ONLY booking by mail and borrowing/returning equipment on MONDAY and THURSDAY

equipment in / out : Mondays and Thursdays

Time and place:
  • BEK - 18/06/2015 to 31/08/2015

which is a way of saying: a word was removed

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 09:29

The June Exhibition at Kunstnerforbundet holds a long tradition of focusing on young artists. This year’s edition focus on the aspiring art scene from Bergen, Norway. The exhibition is curated by Benedicte Clementsen and Johanne Hestvold. BEK supports several artists with equipment and technical advise.

TASC Ablett & Brafield, Kristin Austreid, Bergen Zines, Margrethe Kolstad Brekke feat. Anna Christina Lorenzen, Gabriella Forzelius, Mathijs van Geest, Martin Harkjerr Halse, Nora Joung, Gabriel Kvendseth, Lewis & Taggart, Signe Lidén, Tatiana Lozano, Bjørn-Henrik Lybeck, Cameron MacLeod, Bjørn Mortensen, Miriam Myrstad, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Egil Paulsen, SYNSMASKINEN, Ånond Versto, Elin Mar Øyen Vister, Apichaya (Piya) Wanthiang, Maria Lyngstad Willassen, Ilija Wyller, Ytter, Icaro Zorbar

At the vernissage there will be live works by:
Miriam Myrstad
Gabriella Forzelius
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke feat. Anna Christina Lorenzen

There is an extensive live program happening during the opening weekend. The full program can be found at Kunstnerforbundets webpage.

25 artists, as well as contributing writers and a selection of publications represented by Bergen Zines are all invited to show new productions for this group exhibition. The exhibition is initiated by Kunstnerforbundet, Norway´s first ever artist governed gallery, based in central Oslo.

This exhibition is, more than anything, a snapshot of the scene; an attempt to grasp a now through an assembly of voices representing Bergen at this particular moment in time, with all the differences this entails. In the making, diversity and a certain resistance towards conformity, has been idealized.

The title for the show is a work by Mathijs van Geest. The artist proposed to use the space of the title as exhibition space for the sentence: which is a way of saying: a word was removed. The work discusses both the format of the exhibition space, and the curators role as mediators.

Time and place:
  • Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo - 11/06/2015 to 12/07/2015

BEK's Ebook Releases

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:44

Apichaya Wanthiang has been editing two ebooks for BEK, which are now released on iBooks Store. KOLLISJONSINDEKS – It’s Magical and Strange, but it’s just Natural, and in colaboration with Espen Sommer Eide, Language in Time. The e-books are free, and available for iPad and MAC. Just open iBooks, go to iBooks Store, surch for the ebook titles and download (or click on the links in this text).

“The collaborative art project Kollisjonsindeks (an index of collisions) was initiated in Bergen, Norway, in 2012 by Thorolf Thuestad and Roar Sletteland. Thorolf and Roar are both active within the field of sound design and artistic activism. For this project they invited a group of artists with diverse backgrounds to participate: Writers Hild Borchgrevink and Øyvind Ådland, film maker Tor Kristian Liseth, and artist Øystein Nesheim.

Originally, the collaboration set out to find an alternative workflow and process that would contrast the normative duration and structure of developing performing arts projects in Norway. Gradually the project became a testing ground for exploring different cultural formats, and how they collide with each other.

The aim of the project is to produce modular works that, in the future, will generate a whole universe of texts and objects. As suggested by the name Kollisjonsindeks, frictions and collisions are most welcome as part of the process."

Excerpt From: Apichaya Wanthiang. “KOLLISJONSINDEKS.” BEK – Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst, 2015. iBooks.

“KOLLISJONSINDEKS” contains interviews, texts, reviews, video, sound and pictures

Language in Time – Espen Sommer Eide
“This is an essay about language in time. Two terms so far-reaching that you could probably sort all other concepts under one of these two. What else is there but language and time?
It is too broad a subject to hope for completeness, so I have tried instead to curate a playlist of small excerpts of sound that will be played while you read these paragraphs – as a kind of reading intervention, to fill in the gaps between my words. Most of these are sound examples of extralinguistic usage of language: language used in unusual and aesthetic ways, and points where language and music intersect. They are mostly taken from various sound archives, but let me start by playing two of my own recordings.”

Excerpt From: Espen Sommer Eide. “Language in Time.” BEK – Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst, 2015. iBooks.

“Language in Time” contains text and sound samples

The ebooks release is supported by the Municipality of Bergen

Time and place:
  • BEK - 08/06/2015 to 30/08/2015


Fri, 06/05/2015 - 14:34

Two workshops for artists & writers by Melody Nixon.

Saturday June 6th, 2 – 4pm
USF Verftet, Georgernes Verft 12
Artist in Residence Studio 2, 3rd floor

Saturday June 20th, 1 – 4pm
Fosse-stova, 1st floor
Litteraturhuset Bergen

Beyond the signifiers of market reception and popularity, every act of creativity has, in essence, value. Yet so much of art instruction and the artist’s life is focused on achieving these external signifiers. This pressure can reduce the pleasure of creation, turn art making into onerous labor, and causing us to overemphasize what writer Laura Kipnis calls the Big Editor or Super Ego in our process.

How can we return to enjoyment of the simple act of creativity? How can we value everything we produce, regardless of its end result?

This participatory workshop investigates reasons for creative blocks, looks at the origin of creativity and creating from the unconscious, then offers exercises for working through and loosening these blocks. Participants will take part in discussion as well as writing exercises, and leave with readings for further exploration. The workshop will be in English (but writing in English is not a requirement). 200 kr / 150 kr. stud / artists (other arrangements are possible if low on funds). Workshop size is limited, so please register in advance by emailing:

About the instructor: Melody Nixon is a writer, editor and teacher from New York City, via New Zealand. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is the editor of two literary journals — The Common, and Apogee Journal — the second of which she co-founded in 2011 to address a lack of diversity in the American publishing scene. She co-curates a reading series in Harlem, NYC, that has featured international writers like Karen Russell, Sam Lipsyte, Phillip Lopate, Stacey D’Erasmo, and she reads widely around New York. She also teaches weekly classes focused on using writing as a tool of creative healing and social change.


Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:02

What do women talk about behind closed doors?

For one year now, 15 women in Bergen have shared personal experiences about relationships, gender and identity. At Agalausfestivalen in Voss, the women themselves premier edited abstracts from these talks.

De er fra ulike sosiale og etniske grupper og har på denne tiden provosert hverandre, gjenkjent seg i hverandres erfaringer og overrasket hverandre.

Tar du nok plass? Har du styring i sexlivet? Hvordan var livet som soldat og hvilket forhold har du egentlig til din mor?

Redigerte utdrag fra de nye samtalene urfremføres av kvinnene selv, anonymisert med parykker, kostymer og sminke. Vi starter gjerne nye samtaler med publikum!


Fredag 29.5 16.00 til 20.00

Lørdag 30.5 14.00 til 16.00 ( DJ kveld for sinte, utålmodige mennesker fra kl 21.00)

Søndag 31.5 14.00 til 17.00 (lydinstallasjon og samtaler)

Fullt Soups&Stories program med stemmebruk-workshop, samtaler og debatter ser du på:

Mer om prosjektet:

Når vi deler erfaringer er vi ærlig og prøver å finne frem til erfaringer som skiller seg fra det vi vanligvis deler . Man skal aktivt delta, og med åpent sinn lytte til andres erfaringer og synspunkt. Opptakene av samtalene transkriberes og lages til manus som tas ut i det offentlige rom.

Materialet fremføres ulikt fra gang til gang og arenaene kan være busser, kafeer, gallerier, telt, internett o.l. Manus utvikles av de prosjektansvarlige i samarbeid med deltakere. Deltagerne har taushetsplikt, og stoffet blir anonymisert før det skal ut i offentlig rom.

Prosjektansvarlig: Gitte Sætre: 93050078 og Katrine Meisfjord: 91768705

Produsert i samarbeid med BEK
Støttet av: Bergen kommune, Kunstløftet V/ Kulturrådet, Vederlagsfondet, og IMDI midler fra Hordaland fylkeskommune, Organic Soup Company

Time and place:
  • Galleri Basement, Voss - 29/05/2015 to 31/05/2015

Dream Dust

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 10:28

The exhibition Dream Dust is an invitation to explore the dreams of adults and children, but is also a tribute to picture books as works of art.

BEK has assisted towards sound design for the exhibition.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

“A museum visit you won’t soon forget”, writes Bergens Tidende’s art critic about our newly opened exhibition in KunstLab. He claims that Dream Dust is an unusually dynamic and lavish exhibition for both children and adults.

Dream Dust is KODE’s new exhibition in KunstLab, museum for children of all ages. Via illustrations taken from current Norwegian picture books, the exhibition invites young and old into an enchanted dream universe. The illustrations are presented in ways that are unusual for picture books. They are placed in a context together with objects and art installations from the museum’s collections. Picture books are often our first encounter with art, our first opportunity to foster our imagination. It is this sense of experiencing art for the first time that KODE wishes to recreate for everyone who visits Dream Dust.

Artists and Illustrators

Katrin Berge, Akin Duzakin, Anna Fiske, Stian Hole, Åshild Kanstad Johnsen, Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Rune Markhus, Kari Stai, Yokoland, Øyvind Torseter and Svein Nyhus. Artist Roald Andersen has created the installations.

The exhibition is curated by KODE’s learning and engagement team.

Illustration by Øyvind Torseter. From the book «Sokrates og pappa» with text by Einar Øverenget. Aschehoug, 2012.

Illustrasjon av Øyvind Torseter. Fra boken «Sokrates og pappa» med tekst av Einar Øverenget. Aschehoug, 2012.

Time and place:
  • KODE 4, Bergen - 17/04/2015 to 30/04/2017