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:
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
The Impact of Simple Pair-Association in the Acquisition of Absolute Pitch: A Training Study with Adult Nonmusicians
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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. https://itun.es/no/01VS7.l
“Language in Time” contains text and sound samples
The ebooks release is supported by the Municipality of BergenTime and place:
- BEK - 08/06/2015 to 30/09/2015
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: http://www.agalauskunst.no/?AID=13832&ID=24135&K=4482&ACT=kom
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
- Galleri Basement, Voss - 29/05/2015 to 31/05/2015
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.
“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
nyMusikk invites you on a sound excursion to the high-end speaker factory SEAS in Moss, starting with a bus ride from Oslo that includes a literary lecture on sound by UK musician, author and critic David Toop. The anechoic chamber at SEAS features a sound installation by Trond Lossius, and in the factory space, vocalist and composer Stine Janvin Motland will demonstrate a new measuring and musical instrument that detects and regenerates body frequencies
ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2015:
SATURDAY 6 JUNE
SEAS speaker factory, Ryggeveien 96 Moss
KL. 11:00 (departure Oslo Plaza/Sonja Henies plass, Oslo)
Kr 100. Limited places. Binding registration. For registration and travel info, please email email@example.com by 18:00, 5 June.
Buy festival pass, kr 550/450 (regular/member)
Det ekkofrie rommet på SEAS. Foto: Karoline Finnema.
Upon visiting an anechoic chamber John Cage famously heard the singing of his nervous system and the pumping of his blood. nyMusikk invites you on a sound excursion to the high-end speaker factory SEAS in Moss, starting with a bus ride from Oslo that includes a literary lecture on sound by UK musician, author and critic David Toop.
At SEAS you will be given a rare opportunity to experience the anechoic chamber, an insulated, echo-free acoustic environment designed for acoustic research. The chamber will feature the sound installation Lontano by sound artist and composer Trond Lossius, featuring a series of surround (Ambisonics) field recordings.
In the factory space, vocalist and composer Stine Janvin Motland will demonstrate a new measuring and musical instrument that detects and regenerates body frequencies. The audience is invited to get their body resonance measured and translated into sound.
There will also be a tour of the factory with managing director Olav Mellum Arntzen.
Video: Karoline Finnema.
Anechoic chambers are designed to completely absorb reflections of sound waves. Inside the chamber all surfaces are covered with foam wedges made from sound absorbing material. These chambers are also insulated from exterior sources of noise, making them some of the quietest places on Earth.
The architecture of the space, combined with the intense silence and absence of reverberation, makes the space claustrophobic and intimidating.
In spite of the visual appearance, the anechoic chamber acoustically behaves as an infinite open out-door space. The anechoic chamber is used for research in the fields of music, audiology, hearing science and engineering. The fundamentals of our understanding of spatial hearing are to a large degree based on listening experiments carried out in anechoic chambers.
The anechoic chamber has made a seminal impact on contemporary arts practises as well. John Cage’s visit to the anechoic chamber at Harvard University fundamentally changed his understanding of silence, music and noise. Robert Irwin and James Turrell stayed in darkness in an anechoic chamber for prolonged periods of time, and the experience deeply influenced how they engaged with perception in their art practices. (Text by Trond Lossius).
Trond Lossius. Foto: Anders Helgerud.
Lontano is an installation / event taking place in an anechoic chamber. It addresses the anechoic chamber as a site of research, and draws attention to our hearing capabilities and in particular the spatial dimensions of hearing and listening, the phenomenology of listening, the rich soundscapes that surrounds us, and how we are situated and immersed in the world through sound.
An audience of only four persons at a time are invited to enter the space along with the artist. They get to experience the space itself, and are then seated in the middle. A series of surround (Ambisonic) field recordings are presented. The situation is open-ended. The group might choose to listen in silence, or engage in discussions concerning how the room is experienced, the sensations, memories and thoughts triggered by the field recordings, or any other topic relevant to the situation.
Trond Lossius is a sound and installation artist based in Bergen. His projects investigate sound, place and space, using spatial sound and multichannel audio as an invisible and temporal sculptural medium in works engaging with the site. Lossius coordinates research and development at BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.Time and place:
- Only Connect Destival of Sound, SEAS speaker factory*, Ryggeveien 96 Moss - 06/06/2015 11:00
Trond Lossius will present Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper at #MTFScandi.
Music Tech Fest is the free festival of music ideas, mixing performances and experiments, hacks, demos, and installations. Since 2012 Music Tech Fest has been redefining how music is perceived, performed and experienced. It is now time to build some new formats for music.
Now it is landing in Sweden – the biggest world exporter of music per capita – and gathering the best minds able to transform this new media landscape, for a Music Tech Fest Scandinavia.
Friday 29th May: New instruments and new musical experiences
From 16:00 on the outdoor stage: Kung Fury / The Ideas Workshop / #MusicBricks / The RIoT board / Ultrasonic / Abbey Road Studio / Chirp / The Portable Wooden Pipe Organ / Gestrument / Live Sound Spatialisation Using Gesture Control / Codename Playground / Teenage Engineering / ExClaM! / The Self-Playing Harmonium / Ecce Cello / Cymatics Beatboxing / The Stimmflieger / The Strophonion
Register for #MTFScandi here: bit.ly/MTFScandi – attendance is free
Saturday 30th May: New formats for music
From 10:30 in Sliperiet: Pro hackers gather for briefing and introduction to the challenges. 24-hour Pro hackathon begins at 12:00 sharp.
Register for the hackathon here: bit.ly/MTFScandiHack – participation is free
From 10:30 to 16:30 in Sliperiet: Creative thinkers gather to explore new ways of interacting with culture and businesses in the city of Umeå in the Creative Ring Workshop, supported by eXpression and the European project SPECIFI.
Register for the Creative Ring Workshop by email: firstname.lastname@example.org – participation is free
From 11:30 in Sliperiet: Electronic producers and musical collaborators gather for the Toontrack Trackathon briefing and introduction to the software and sounds. 24-hour trackathon begins at 13:00 sharp.
Register for the trackathon here: musictechfest.org/trackathon – participation is free
From 13:00 on the outdoor stage: LunaLEC / One Drop / Axoloti / The Immersive Album / #FistPics / Isotonic / The Calamity of Concept / Prolody / Kitmonsters / Performing Melancholia / Crewdson / The Ambisonics Toolkit / Hyperpiano / The Metasaxaphone / The Strombophone / Modular Synthesis / EEG Neurofeedback Guitar / Fatta / Yellofier / Live Music Hack
Register for #MTFScandi here: bit.ly/MTFScandi – attendance is free
From 19:00 in Sliperiet: Drinks reception and the launch of a brand new format for music invented right here in Umeå – followed by new works, performances and experiments in the Sliperiet concert space – including: Anders Lind’s Animated Notation / Kickstart Creativity / Optonoise / Mørk / Graham Massey (808 State) / Matt Black (Coldcut) / Jason Singh / Scanner / Random Bastards / Obi Blanche / The Jam Camp
Register for #MTFScandi here: bit.ly/MTFScandi – attendance is free
Sunday 31st May: Building the future of music
From 09:00 – 12:00 in Sliperiet: Sunday morning at Music Tech Fest is all about making, inventing and building new playful music ideas in the Volvo Kids Hack Camp. Our specialist workshop leaders are skilled educators who provide children with the tools and the skills to make their own creative project and build their own musical instruments – while learning coding, physical computing and music participation – and having great fun. In the afternoon the kids present and perform with their inventions on the main stage – which is always a real highlight of the festival.
Register for the Kids Hackathon here: bit.ly/MTFScandiKidsHack
From 13:00 on the outdoor stage: Kids Hackathon presentations / Lab Media / DisCoTech / Human Instruments / Drake Music / Soundation / Skoog / Stave Breakthrough / Novalia / Bentrax / The Voice Harvester / Low-Fi / The SME Instrument / Freesound / Essentia / The Hack Camp Awards / The Toontrack Trackathon Awards / We Suffer For Our Art / Lovisa Negga / Beyond Glitching / Roboard Jam Session / Hidden Materia / The Guerilla Dance Project / Blue Vinyl Awards / The Jam Camp
Register for #MTFScandi here: bit.ly/MTFScandi – attendance is free
ALL WEEKEND: The Electro-Acoustic Cafe / The 4Sound Jam Camp / The Craft Beer Tent
Monday 1st June: Academic ‘afterparty’ symposium
From 10:00 – 16:00 in HUMLabX: The academic ‘afterparty’ research symposium and formal establishment of the global, interdisciplinary MTF Research Network.
Register for the research symposium here: http://musictechfest.org/afterparty/
All activities, events, installations and stages at Music Tech Fest are FREE. Feel free to bring musical instruments, crazy inventions, your big ideas and your curiosity.Time and place:
- #MTFScandi, Uneå - 29/05/2015 to 01/06/2015
A series of new ectro-acoustic works by composition students at the Grieg Academy are presented as part of the Drop In program during the Beren International Festival.
This spring the composition students have been given an introduction to sound editing and computer-aided composition. At this concert, a series of new electro-acoustic works that employ these techniques are presented. The works relates to various genres such as radio montage, sound art, sound design and the use of field recordings.
Equipment for this concert has kindly been provided by BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.
Erik Håkon Halvorsen (1974)
(dedicated to Rebecka Ahvenniemi)
Morten Brunsberg Refsli (1989)
Aslak B. Hermstad, (1995)
El Aaiún, E6. Oslo
Tor Anders Eri (1991)
Shards from Last Night
Kari Telstad Sundet (1987)
Memory Leak (Melting – Sinking – Snowbound)
- Drop In concert, Bergen International Festival, The Grieg hall - 29/05/2015 15:00