Sound and music computing

Perceptual debugging of speech synthesis

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 21:45

Time: Thu 2017-03-16 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedsvägen 24, 5th floor

Type of event: Seminars

MTI presents: Thieke/Marino duo

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17#LoveInternational concert series presents:

Thursday March 16th, 2017
7pm, PACE

Michael Thieke – clarinets
Luigi Marino – zarb, bowed cymbals, objects

The duo Thieke/Marino is an improv group that started in Berlin in 2016. Drawing from a reductionist aesthetic, the dialogue between the two musicians develops from the most unusual and hidden details of sound. Metal resonances and air columns set in vibration inside a clarinet, sounds barely audible emerge from the background to take a predominant role, gradually showing all their potential and unexpected paths to convey intuitive decision making.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Reading Lee Todd Lacks

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 23:39
Date:  Tue, 05/30/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Reading Lee Todd Lacks is an interdisciplinary performance for 35 blindfolded audience members. FREE Open to the Public

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A Case Study on Romanian Avant-Garde - Interdisciplinary Workshop & Performance

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 23:32
Date:  Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm Date:  Fri, 05/19/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other During a 3-hour interdisciplinary workshop we invite you to pull the curtains on the tired visual perception and to discover instead the basics of inner theatre, an equivalent performative concept to deep listening. FREE Open to the Public

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Ramani Duriaswami on Creating Scientifically Valid Spatial Audio for VR and AR (Special Thursday Seminar)

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 17:43
Date:  Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar The exploding popularity of augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) have driven new interest in getting 3d sound right. This means rendering an accurate 3d sound field that fully immerses *anybody* that uses the system. Perhaps 3D audio is ready for the big time now.
FREE Open to the Public

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Beat Tracking with a Cepstroid Invariant Neural Network

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 23:00

Time: Fri 2017-03-10 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedsvägen 24, 5th floor

Type of event: Seminars

MTI presents: Experimental Turntablism - James Kelly + Robert Curgenven

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Experimental Turntablism: James Kelly + Robert Curgenven
Wednesday March 15th, 7pm
Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester

MTI PhD candidate James Kelly is presenting a concert at the Sue Townsend Theatre (old Phoenix). This will be an audio visual show with a headline performance from Australian composer Robert Curgenven.

Further Details:

Robert Curgenven: Speculative Pataphysics

Three turntables, custom-made oscillators, 1930s acetates, custom-cut dubplates and a whole lot of bass - polyrhythmic phasing in light and sound brings your whole body and the surrounding space into a face-melting physical constellation. Projections powered directly by the sound use Edwin Land's (inventor of Polaroid sunglasses and Polaroid photography) work with colour shadows to create a head-wrecking synaesthetic experience with the spontaneous production of colours and patterns which may or may not be there. Warning: flickering lights, loud sounds, strong low frequency pressure.

Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts air with sound. His work uses sound as a physical field of perception to encourage us to consider our physical experience of sound through our bodies, the space they inhabit and also the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather and his work entreats us to feel and hear air. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”

From beginnings 35 years ago as a classically trained organist the past ten years have seen him release work on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm, Winds Measure and his own Recorded Fields Editions. Curgenven has performed extensively across Australia and Europe, including Maerzmusik festival (Berlin), TodaysArt festival (Den Haag), Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Cork Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film/Music Festival, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Leipzig Gallery for Cont. Art, Northern Territory Centre for Cont. Art (Darwin) as well as residencies in Milan (O’), Venice (Forte Marghera), Rotterdam (Worm), Berlin (Transit Lounge) and Alice Springs (Art/Land/Culture). He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for Transmediale (Berlin), 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York), National Film & Sound Archive (Australia) and galleries throughout Australia & Europe including National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and a solo exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland).

James Kelly

As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly's music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at the Sue Townsend Theatre takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe - a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself are used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The performance is created using three turntables to mix music which Kelly has cut to vinyl using a range of experimental disc cutting techniques that alter the timbre of sound recordings. Part performance, part exhibition, the work is presented is an audio visual performance in collaboration with The Lab Visuals. Live video feeds are mixed together making the compositional process accessible to the audience.

In 2009 Kelly was selected by UK Young Artists to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Skoje, Macedonia. Other notable performances include; Tate Modern, Modern Art Oxford, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and The Avenue Gallery, Northampton.

DIY Musical Instruments Workshop

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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


CCRMA-Stanford University - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:14
Date:  Sat, 03/11/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other Please join us for an open rehearsal of Michael Sakamoto’s - Blind Spot. Combining autobiography, butoh and contemporary dance, video and a live digital soundscore by Christopher Jette, Sakamoto’s Bllind Spot explores intercultural identity and the need to follow one’s nature, even in traumatic times. Reflecting a passion for history, social justice and pop culture, Sakamoto traces personal episodes as an Asian-American, post-WW2 political events, America’s fraught relationship with Asia, and contemporary crises around corporate militarism. “We all have blind spots in our lives, mentally, emotionally, physically, and even socially and culturally,” states Sakamoto. FREE Open to the Public

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The Good, The Band, And The Bing

CCRMA-Stanford University - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:08
Date:  Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Date:  Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location:  Bing Concert Hall Event Type:  Concert Please join us as CCRMA presents 2 evenings of immersive multichannel music at the Bing Concert Hall. We will deploy the GRAIL (the Giant Radial Array for Immersive Listening), our full 3D surround speaker array. The concerts will include pieces by:

Friday 17th:
Maggi Payne
Roberto Morales
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Anders Tveit
Matt Ingalls
Cliff Caruthers
Thom Blum
Justin Yang

Saturday 18th:
Natasha Barrett
John Chowning
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Giles Gobeil
Daniel Perterson
Eoin Callery
The CCRMA Feedback Ensemble

Just bring yourself and your best ears!!!

FREE Open to the Public

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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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!

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - 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.

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