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Artist presentation by Maria Øy Lojo: A Temporary Meeting (work in progress)

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:13

This week Maria Øy Lojo has been working in BEK’s project space with her project A Temporary Meeting. She has processed recorded material from the metro in Berlin, amongst others, into what is going to be a site specific and interactive video installation.

We are delighted that Maria will present her work in progress here at BEK. Her work can be viewed between 15.00 and 18.00 – come see it, have a drink and a chat!

“Larger transport stations always strike me as fascinating; A constant movement in several, determined directions. If enough people are in gathered movement, it can sometimes look as if they´re almost digging out the tunnels they´re moving through. Metro sounds is also something I’m drawn to; A means of transport that by audio gives a clear expression of its mechanical construction, and the sound of people with a flow coinciding their own transfer through the spaces.

You don’t rest here. At the same time, there’s not much else to do while waiting for the next train. A waiting room in motion. Some arrive, some leave. You move here to move faster."

Maria Øy Lojo is a Bergen-based artist working primarily with video as medium. Her education is from Bergen Academy of Art and Glasgow School of Art with background in classical sculpture and drawing, cinematic grammar, performance, contemporary dance and choreography.

Her research concentrates much around science, silent knowledge and the human body, such as biologically inherited and culturally determined movement.

Øy Lojo works with space as perceptual building sites by creating small relocations. She does this through a visual choreography, often in parts of the room that are challenging or impossible to physically approach and reside in. The videos tends to use manipulated elements from the space being projected upon and the artist lets the projection and the space approach a near super-composing state, often with hyper-aesthetics in focus. She seeks to make the works as extensions of their designated spaces, or let spaces tell stories of other spaces, always aiming to give the site new dimensions of space, time and presence.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 30/04/2017 15:00

Workshop: Digital embroidery

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:24

In this one-day workshop, you will make creations in the unique environment of the Commodore 64 and translate these shapes and forms into physical objects.

The workshop is led by artist Raquel Meyers, and is a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK.

In the workshop we will be using the classic game console Commodore 64 to create patterns, animations and illustrations. We will use classic embroidery as a starting point for making creative, digital animations and vice versa, using grid based animation, where each pixel can be translated to a needlepoint.

Raquel will show how these shapes and illustrations can be made by using the unique technique and functionality of the Commodore 64. With a limited and abstract set of colours and shapes, these illustrations can be translated to physical materials such as embroidery and rubber stamps. Due to the unique grid system used in the Commodore 64 to create patterns and shapes, it is translatable to the classic cross stitching craft. Raquel will show examples, and participants will get a chance to both make creations in the unique environment of the Commodore 64, and to translate these shapes and forms to physical objects.

The Commodore 64, also known as the C64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982, that was widely popular as one of the first game consoles. Using the Commodore 64 screen as a canvas, a rectilinear grid where one keystroke at a time is used to build character-by-character imagery, the imagery comes to life as a combination of shapes in limited colours, characters and letters from the alphabet, numbers, punctuation marks and special symbols.

Raquel Meyers is Spanish artist based in Sweden, who defines her practice as Keyboardslöjd (Drawing & Crafting by Type). She utilizes the Classic C64 game console to create animations, teletext pages and cross stitch pieces.

Participants can bring their own laptop to install the needed software we will be using.

Material costs: 250,-

Saturday May 6th: 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday May 7th: 12:00 – 16:00

To join, send an email to
Please specify wether you want to join on Saturday May 6th or Sunday May 7th.

Time and place:
  • UROM, Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek - 06/05/2017 to 07/05/2017


Fri, 04/07/2017 - 13:06

At Easter office and booking services will be closed from Friday April 7th. Project rooms and studios are of course open to those of you who already have an agreement.

We open again on Wednesday April 19th!

…and by then our sound studio will reopen! Have we remembered to tell you that we’ve set up a 8-channel surround system and a screen for 4k video editing?!

Time and place:
  • BEK - 07/04/2017 to 19/04/2017

Presentation: Utopia Diorama

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:40

The VR-film Utopia was first shown in the woods at Høgskulen på Vestlandet, Campus Bergen, fall 2016. Utopia is a 360-degree virtual reality interpretation of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, on the occasion of the 500-year anniversary of the book (1516-2016).

At BEK Margrethe Kolstad Brekke (initiator/visual artist) and Hilde Annine Hasselberg (director/singer) will talk about the film and the working process – about the thoughts behind, the production, the collaboration and not least about Utopia.

Concept/idea: Margrethe Kolstad Brekke/ North Sea Productions
Director: Hilde Annine Hasselberg
Production design: Øystein Nesheim
Production manager: Tine Marie Gullaksen
Photographer: Thomas Anthony Goodwin
Postproduction: Kjersti Nicole Larsen, Myreze AS
Composer: Rebecka Ahveinnievi
Vocals: Hilde Annine Hasselberg
Cello: Markus Evensen

Cast in order of appearance:
Sofia Sætre Sotolongo
Øystein Nesheim
Saia Oline Målen
Vilde Hagen Valen
Pascale Fisher-Cohen
Teresa Yeneva Pujalta Bah
Olaf Heggdal
Hilde Annine Hasselberg
Laurie Grundt
Ruth Borge
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke
Gitte Sætre (Frans Jacobi)
Alicia Cohen
Linda Marie Westgård
Karin Blomgren
Tonje Indrøy
Tine Marie Gullesen
Marius Wågsæther
Markus Eriksen
Eirik Hunnes
Anne Stinessen
Nora Adwan
Trond Gullaksen
Thomas Anthony Goodwin
Mattias Arvasstson

Thanks to:
Christian Høie
Paul Inge Vikingstad
Olav Andersen
Thomas Dalen Martin
Bergen Municipality
Cultural Council Norway

Copyright: MK Brekke/North Sea Productions 2016

Time and place:
  • BEK - 21/04/2017 13:00

Eva Pfitzenmaier: ord/word/Wort & land/land/Land

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 09:39

ord, word, Wort & land, land, Land. The words are (almost) identical.

ord/word/Wort & land/land/Land is part concert, part performing arts. Through music, text, and video Eva Pfitzenmaier recounts her own experiences and observations from two societies, two countries, and three languages. How are they connected and how do they differ from each other?

The performance is a co-production between BEK, BIT Teatergarasjen and Bergen Kjøtt.

Performances April 21-23th at 20.00
Buy your tickets here

ord, word, Wort, land, land Land. The words are (almost) identical. How exotic is a German person living in Norway? More exotic than Swedes but less exotic than the French? Eva’s Norwegian friends find it exotic when she serves fresh artichokes for dinner. She, on the other hand, finds the Norwegian crab fishing to be exotic.

Eva Pfitzenmaier is German and moved to Norway eight years ago. She is an immigrant. But she’s not “that kind of immigrant”. Where do we draw the line between very different and only slightly different? Is it easier to maintain your language and national identity when the cultural differences are bigger and therefore more obvious?

ord/word/Wort & land/land/Land is part concert, part performing arts. It is about seeing the humor in language barriers and the absurdities related to notions of identity among immigrants of similar cultural backgrounds. It is also about the universal search to find yourself amidst a vast amount of opportunities, peoples, cultures, countries and national costumes. Through music, text, and video she recounts her own experiences and observations from two societies, two countries, and three languages. How are they connected and how do they differ from each other?

Konsept, musikk, tekst, video, utøvende: Eva Pfitzenmaier
Lyd: Thorolf Thuestad
Lysdesign: Thomas Bruvik
Dramaturgi: Brogan Davison & Eva Pfitzenmaier
Scenografi: Nora Adwan & Eva Pfitzenmaier
Produsent: Hjørdis Steinsvik
Fremgangscoach: Marit Loe Bjørnstad
Outside ear: Stephan Meidell
Co-produksjon: BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen Kjøtt, BEK
Støttet av: Kulturrådet, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Komponistenes vederlagsfond, Norsk-islandsk kultursamarbeid, Hordaland Fylkeskommune og Bergen kommune.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Kjøtt, Skutvikstorget 1 - 21/04/2017 to 23/04/2017

Mini-festival Gjenlyd

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 08:54

For the one-day mini-festival GJENLYD the contemporary music scene in Bergen will be celebrating local hero Morten Eide Pedersen, new music pioneer Pierre Boulez and compositional contortionist Ruben Sverre Gjertsen – whose music is famously impossible to play.

Among other, you can experience Trond Lossius’ installation where he uses material that the composer, teacher and driving force in Bergen contemporary music scene, Morten Eide Pedersen, left behind.

Doors open at 13.30
Concert starts at 14.00

Buy your tickets here
EARLY BIRD-tickets, only 100,– before April 16th
Tickets 250,–
Student/BT Fordel 150,–

Avgarde, BEK, Borealis – a festival for experimental music, Currentes, The Grieg Academy and nyMusikk Bergen will all be joining BIT20 Ensemble to bring you a colourful day of concerts played on instruments old, new and completely invented by composers whose music is luscious, illegible, unpredictable, engaging, seductive, surprising, confounding, right here and right now!

For the one-day mini-festival GJENLYD the contemporary music scene in Bergen will be celebrating local hero Morten Eide Pedersen, new music pioneer Pierre Boulez and compositional contortionist Ruben Sverre Gjertsen – whose music is famously impossible to play. As Boulez was one of the musical trailblazers of the 1940s and 50s, so Pedersen was a guiding force in Bergen’s musical life. Steering generations of young composers through their studies, he was a vibrant contribution to culture in the city, until his untimely death in 2014. We’re thrilled to be presenting three world premieres, by two of Pedersen’s students; Rebecka Ahvennhiemi and Ruben Sverre Gjertsen. The latter has been conducted by Boulez himself.

Trond Lossius’ installation in memory of Morten Eide Pedersen, curated by Borealis, will run for one day only, Bergen-based Finnish composer Rebecka Ahvennhiemi’s writing a new piece for the Ensemble Avgarde and there’ll even be a premiere by our very own BIT20 Club. To sustain your excitement we’ll have food and beverages provided by TASC Food and Mohammed Hindi – and tastings courtesy of the discerning musicians’ tea importer of choice – Tedragen.

Come and spend the day with us!


Det vil være salg av mat og drikke i Hovedfoajéen hele dagen i regi av TASC Food og Mohammed Hindi. Ta med kontanter!

14:00 Konsert
Currentes – Nuper rosarum flores. Re-readings of Dufay and Codex Faenza av Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, Kronbar.
BIT20 Ensemble – Storyboard av Morten Eide Pedersen, Kronbar.

14:30 Installasjonsåpning
Trond Lossius – TBA, kuratert av Borealis – en festival for eksperimentell musikk, Kantinen/Foajéhagen.

15:00 BIT20 Klubb & Tesmaking
BIT20 Klubb demonstrerer sine instrumentkreasjoner, Glasskuben.
Tesmaking med Tedragen, Lille foajé.

15:30 Konsert
Ensemble Avgarde – Bolero av Rebecka Ahvenniemi, Kronbar.
Studenter fra Griegakademiet & Ensemble Avgarde – Storyboard Rewritten av komponisjonsstudentene ved Griegakademiet (UiB), Kronbar.

16:30 Konsert
BIT20 Ensemble – Eclat av Pierre Boulez (fremføres to ganger etter hverandre, med publikum i ulike lytteposisjoner), Mimes Brønn.

17:00 Taler & Tesmaking
Taler, Hovedfoajéen.
Tesmaking med Tedragen, Lille foajé.

17:30 Konsert
BIT20 Klubb – komposisjon utviklet med inspirasjon fra Storyboard og Don’t feed the birds, Glasskuben.

18:00 Konsert
BIT20 Ensemble – Don’t feed the birds av Ruben Sverre Gjersten, Lille foajé.

Time and place:
  • Høgskulen på Vestlandet, Campus Bergen. Inndalsveien 28, Kronstad - 30/04/2017 13:30

Østre - house for experimental music and sound based art practises seeks new general manager

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 08:24

Do you want to operate and develop one of the most important specialized cultural arenas in Norway? Østre – house for experimental music and sound based art practises seeks new general manager.

Read more about the position here

Deadline April 10th

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

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

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

Key Dates:

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

Call for Papers and Demos:

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

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

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

FARM 2017 website :


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

Submissions are invited in three categories:

1) Original papers

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

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

An original paper should have 5 to 12 pages, be in portable document format (PDF), using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines and use the ACM SIGPLAN template. [ ]

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

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

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

3) Calls for collaboration

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

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

Submission is via EasyChair

Authors take note

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


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

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

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

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:25

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

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

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

The three invited keynote presenters are:

Professor Paul Koonce – University of Florida
(creative use of Wave Field Synthesis)

Trond Lossius – Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts;

Johannes Deutsch
(sonification and visualisation of space)

Tickets for the artistic presentations can be booked here:

Fri 17th March, 1615 – 1800, Johannes Deutsch screening

Sat 18th March, 1715 – 1830, Paul Koonce & Trond Lossius performance

Photos by Kwangrae Kim.

Supported by The Municipality of Bergen.

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

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

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:06

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

DIY Musical Instruments Workshop

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:50

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up by sending an email to

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

About the workshop leaders

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

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

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

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

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:28

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy your tickets for Vertical Studies at Borealis here

About the artists

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

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

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

MULTI at Borealis

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:17

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

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

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

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

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

Yvette Janine Jackson: Invisible people (A Radio Opera)

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

Buy your tickets for MULTI at Borealis here

Photo by Vilde Salhus Røed/BEK

About the artists

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

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

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

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

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

EARLY BIRD tickets for Gjenlyd

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:16

The mini festival Gjenlyd will take place on April 30th from 14-19h at Bergen University College. EARLY BIRD tickets before March 15!

For the one-day mini-festival GJENLYD, the contemporary music scene in Bergen will be celebrating local hero Morten Eide Pedersen, new music pioneer Pierre Boulez and compositional contortionist Ruben Sverre Gjertsen – whose music is famously impossible to play.

Read more about the festival here, and get your tickets here!

Ultimo Scenario

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:50

The exhibition “Ultimo Scenario” at the old Children’s Clinic at Haukeland University Hospital, exhibits works by 15 artists which in their practices are concerned with situations and site specificity. The artists engage with themes like the building’s architectural history, materials found on the premises, sounds and images that connect to the site, and personal experiences as next of kin at the clinic.

Image above: The sound installation “Murmur” by Daniela Ramos Arias
Images to the right: Stills from “Essay on Color” (2017) by Anne Marthe Dyvi

In collaboration with Trond Lossius (BEK), Daniela Ramos Arias has made the site specific sound installation “Murmur”, where the sound of her son’s heartbeat wanders back and forth in the corridor. Anne Marthe Dyvi (BEK) shows the new video work Essay on Color, a translation of language into color. BEK has lend technical equipment to both Samuel Brzeski and Cecilia Johnson, related to production and display of their works.

Vernissage Saturday 18.02 at 17:00

Opening hours:
Sunday 19.02. 11:00-17:00
Monday 2.20. 13:00-19:00
Tuesday 21.2. 13:00-19:00

The old Children’s Clinic at Haukeland University Hospital will be demolished during 2017 to make way for Bergen’s new Children and Youth Hospital. In a collaboration with VISP, Kunstfrisk and Haukeland University Hospital have initiated an exhibition at the premises of the Children’s Clinic 18-21 February 2017. The exhibition is curated by Elias Björn, Gard Andreas Frantzsen and Jane Sverdrupsen. Coordinator of the exhibition is Daniela Ramos Arias.

“Ultimo Scenario” shows works by 15 artists who have been chosen specifically for their ability and interest in working with site-specific projects. The artists have been invited to shed light on aspects of the Children Clinic’s history and its role in society over the 66 years it has existed. The clinic provides in an artistic sense an interesting context that the artists have been encouraged to explore according to their own interests and practices. In order to By emphasizing diversity in the selection process the curators have chosen artists that employ a wide range of methodologies and thematic approaches in their practices.

Topics the artists explore span from the building’s architectural history to personal experiences as next of kin at the clinic. Several artists have appropriated found materials on the premises that was deemed useless by the hospital as the clinic closed down, others again make use of sound and images connected to the site.

The exhibition provides a last opportunity to experience to the building that has had its lifespan in a period that coincides with what has been deemed as Norway’s golden age, from the postwar period to the present day.

Participating artists
Daniela Ramos Arias, Karin Blomgren, Samuel Brzeski, Eleanor Clare, Anne Marthe Dyvi, Duncan Higgins, Rasmus Andreas Hungnes, Cecilia Jonsson, Gabriel Kvendseth, Anne Helen Mydland, Suvi Nieminen, Charlotte Piene, Corrina Thornton, Sveinung Rudjord Unneland & Borghild Rudjord Unneland

Read more about the exhibition here

The exhibition is supported by Haukeland University Hospital, Faculty of Art, Music and Design – UiB, VISP, BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts and Lydgalleriet.

Time and place:
  • Den gamle Barneavdelingen ved Haukeland universitetssykehus - 18/02/2017 to 21/02/2017

Gisle Martens Meyer: There is no Here, Here

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:08

Facing us on stage: a musician. He plays electronica. Works his machines like a hacker. But we can see him much better on screen. There, reality is different, and constantly changing.

The performance is co-produced by BEK, with BIT Teatergarasjen. A version was also shown at Oktoberdans 2016.

Behind the controls he directs his own live screen life. We see him there on stage, and we see him on film, in social media, in video games, on digital screens in the screen, in selfies, on Instagram, on posters, in commercials, in dating apps… Where we really are and what we see, soon becomes a big question. Where does this performance take place?

“There is no Here, Here” is based on William Gibson’s books, the science fiction author who invented the word cyberspace, and his bleak visions of lonely hackers battling digital reality. This is no longer fiction, no longer future. Today we all live in these fragmented realities. The devices control us, digital profiles socialize for us, algorithms choose for us – the Internet of things connects us to an increasing extent, the Net is always with us, and we, we are no longer really here.

Find more info and tickets at BIT Teatergarasjen

After the performance there will be post performance rave with Anders G February 24th and Marikie February 25th!

Time and place:
  • Østre - 24/02/2017 to 25/02/2017

Workshop opportunity at Borealis!

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:17

March 8-10th
Morning sessions: 10:00-12:00
Afternoon sessions: 15:00-17:00

Throughout Borealis, composer and live coder Thor Magnusson and writer Bergsveinn Birgisson will be holding a workshop on writing and sound at Lydgalleriet.

Read more about the workshop here.

To participate in the workshop, contact

OPEN CALL: Artist in Production Residency in Västra Götaland

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:03

Application deadline February 28th!

The residency supports an international artist’s moving image project with a three month long scholarship, travels, accommodation, project funding and resources, regional and national networks. The residency can be adapted after the artist’s wishes and needs, and include meetings with artists based in Sweden, filmmakers, and industry, as well as access to studios and technology at the forefront.

The residency is a collaboration between Borås Museum of Modern Art, Kultur i Väst, Region Västra Götaland and Iaspis, the Swedish Art Grants Committee’s international programme for visual- and applied artists. Our ambition is to facilitate the work of an international visual artist with a moving images production. The residency administration aim to create a production network that spans over the region’s art scene as well as the region’s film production facilities.

Read more about the residency and how to apply here

Hauan and Urstad: SPRANG

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:16

ISPRANG is a composition of sound that transforms into light and activates a pattern of optical fibres. The installation uses the window towards the sea as a reverberating surface, so that parts of the sound can be heard from the square outside Visningsrommet.

SPRANG can be experienced February 3rd – 19th at Visningsrommet USF, in a version made especially for this room. BEK has been consultant for the sound work, and the installation has been set up with BEK’s equipment.

The exhibition opens Friday February 3rd at 18.00 -20.00, and will be opened by Gunnar Danbolt. See Visningsrommet USF’s website for opening hours during the exhibition period.

Utgangspunktet for verket SPRANG er hentet fra gammel kunnskap. Her møter den urgamle, tekstile teknikken sprang lydlige fenomen som overtoner, lydbølger og vibrasjon basert på Pytagoras’ teorier om akustikk og geometri. Sprang som tekstil teknikk har vært kjent i Norden helt fra bronsealderen. Den er en måte å konstruere et stoff på ved bruk av oppspente tråder og kan minne om en enkel form for vev hvor det kun er renning.

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan har siden 2007 samarbeidet om en rekke fiberoptiske lydinstallasjoner, med visninger på blant annet Lydgalleriet i Bergen, Intervall – Bergen Rådhus initiert av, Article Biennalen i Stavanger, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum og SOFT galleri i Oslo.
Utstillingen i Visningsrommet USF er den tiende i rekken og markerer også at det er ti år siden deres første felles utstilling på Kaunasbiennalen fant sted ved Nasjonalmuseet i Kaunas i 2007.

Hilde Hauan er fra Tromsø og arbeider i Bergen. Hun er kunstner og professor på Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, UiB.Hun har utstillingserfaring fra en rekke land.

Maia Urstad bor og arbeider i Bergen. Hun har bak seg en lang rekke audiovisuelle utstillinger i inn- og utland, sist på Radiorevolten i Halle, Tyskland og ved Foundation PROA i Buenos Aires. ´

Utstillingen er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Hordaland fylkeskommune, BEK – Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst og KHiB.

Photo credit: Svein Ove Kirkhorn

Time and place:
  • Visningsrommet USF - 03/02/2017 to 19/02/2017

Off the Page - the music festival without music - at Landmark January 27-28th

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:01

Have you ever been to a concert and felt that the conversation you had at the bar about the music was just as interesting as the music on stage? Off The Page turns down the volume on stage and directs the spotlight to the conversation.

At Landmark in Bergen Kunsthall you will meet musicians, writers, composers, critics and artists who gather to talk about and explore ideas around music – why it means so much and how it can make a difference in our lives.

The aim of Off The Page is to bridge the genre gaps and focus on the ideas behind and around music. The festival is structured as a live version of the music magazine The Wire, with talks, lectures, panels and performances. We also present a set of relevant films about music and a rich, alternative music market.

The programme includes talk on sleeve art by Rob Young, an elegy to FM by Maia Urstad, performance lecture on the Radiophonic Workshop with Thora Dolven Balke, a Tony Conrad documentary screening, The Wire DJs and more. See the full program at nyMusikk’s website.

Off The Page in Bergen is arranged by nyMusikk and The Wire, in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall and Landmark.