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BEK - Latent city

Exhibition, video programme, performances, conversations, and more, - streamed from Bergen Kjøtt, from the 12.11.2020 - 29.11.2020

Taken from the BEK website:

Latent City presents artistic productions dealing with the city’s hidden stories. Seen through the lens of artistic observation, latent infrastructures and questions of digital presence and of power and democracy in our cities, meet in an exhibition that takes place over three weeks. The Latent City is the city that awaits, the one that is about to unfold, our common future city. Several of the art projects are financed or commissioned by BEK, while others are existing works presented in new formats. A video program will be on show throughout the project period and there will be an extensive program of talks and performances.

The title Latent City is inspired by the term “latent space” from machine learning and artificial intelligence. Latent space refers to the pool of compressed data that the machine analyzes in order to extract knowledge from, and where algorithmic computations often are so complex that they become opaque and gain a life of their own. Latent City thus approaches the city structures that are obscured from our view: infrastructures such as wi-fi and surveillance technology, more-than-human perspectives from animals and nature, and political factors that involve power relations and social exclusion. Sci-fi visions of the city and contemplations on city planning point to new possibilities as well as pitfalls.

Latent City coincides with the celebration of BEK’s 20th anniversary in 2020 as a pioneering resource centre and springboard for artistic projects to come to life, at the forefront of art and technology. This year, BEK revitalises its history by showing art projects from the archive, and looks into the technological developments of the past 20 years, from a societal perspective. For Latent City, we have commissioned new works of art and texts, with support from the Arts Council Norway, Bergen Municipality and Fritt Ord Foundation.

Contributions by: Aleksander Johan Andreassen, Aske Thiberg, GaraGara Artist Initiative, Gitte Sætre & Frans Jacobi, Hanan Benammar, Hannevold/Prati/Qin/Shomali, Jan Mocek, Jonas Ersland, Kaeto Sweeney, Maren Dagny Juell, Marit Eikemo, Nayara Leite, Pia Rönicke, Stelios Manousakis, Stephen Connolly, Thure Erik Lund, Tivon Rice, Trond Lossius, VUMA Projects, Søssa Jørgensen & Yngvild Færøy. The programme is developed by BEK.

Latent City programme

12 – 29 NOVEMBER 2020 AT BERGEN KJØTT Please follow the links in the programme to read more about the individual projects and artists. The programme is subject to change.


The art projects will be presented online from 12 November at 19.00 – 29 November. Please follow the links to see and read more about the different projects.

It fits beautifully in the palm of your hand by Maren Dagny Juell, video installation The Carrier by Hanan Benammar, video installation www.ShowMeLove, Marit Eikemo, text (Norwegian only) VUMA Soner, app with geo-triggered audio walks (plus guided walks) Temporary Museum: Microscopic Power of Food Practices by GaraGara Artist Initiative, installation, DIY sound generator from fruit, and workshops

Watch the video programme here. The video programme will be shown at from 12 – 29 November with these contributions:

Centarium by Aleksander Johan Andreassen (21:58) Now I see things for the way it is by Aske Thiberg (29:54) Public Waiters by Jonas Ersland (03:44) Zonen by Pia Rönicke (22:34) Machine Space by Stephen Connolly (24:20) Environment Built for Absence (an unofficial/artificial sequel to J.G. Ballard’s «High Rise») by Tivon Rice (17:45)

Events programme

The events on 12, 14, 21 and 29 November will be streamed from Bergen Kjøtt when the event starts.

Most events will be live streamed only, in other words a recording will not be available after the event. Join us when it happens!

Please find details in the programme. Info and links for streaming events will be updated continously.

Thursday 12 November

19.00 – 22.00 Official opening of the exhibition Opening speech by Katrine Nødtvedt, Commissioner for Culture, Diversity and Equality, City of Bergen Release of VUMA Soner, a geo-localised app created by VUMA Projects Environment Built for Absence (an unofficial/artificial sequel to J.G. Ballard’s «High Rise»), Tivon Rice, video screening Are You Ready?, Gitte Sætre & Frans Jacobi, performance First kiss before anything once, Kaeto Sweeney, performance Dj Jiska Huizing

Saturday 14 November

12.00 VUMA Projects, guided audio walk (ca. 2 hours) 12.00 (CANCELLED) DIY Food Audio Generator, GaraGara Artist Initiative, workshop 16.00 Presentationon of the video programme by Anders Rubing (30 min., recording available) 18.00 Virtual Ritual, Jan Mocek, video screening of recorded performance (70 min., recording available)

Sunday 15 November

12.00 (POSTPONED) Extracting Food DNA, GaraGara Artist Initiative, workshop

Saturday 21 November

12.00 – 14.00 (CANCELLED) VUMA Projects, guided audio walk (ca. 2 hours) 14.00 – 19.00 Latent City – Invisible Fields #1 Thure Erik Lund, reading Maren Dagny Juell and Thure Erik Lund in conversation with Magnhild Øen Nordahl Nayara Leite, performance Hertzian Field #2, Stelios Manousakis, performance/recording Firebird, Parsa Shomali/Teresa Prati/Anders Hannevold/Juan Qin, concert/performance Anders Rubing, lecture VUMA Projects, presentation and conversation with Maria Rusinovskaya and Anders Rubing Edgelands, Trond Lossius, multichannel sound work

Saturday 28 November

12.00 VUMA Projects, guided audio walk (ca. 2 hours)

Søndag 29 November

12.00 VUMA Projects, guided audio walk (ca. 2 hours) 14.00 – 17.00 Latent City – Invisible Fields #2 Between Humans & Animals in Bergen, Søssa Jørgensen & Yngvild Færøy, live radio The Carrier, Hanan Benammar, video screening Are You Ready?, Gitte Sætre & Frans Jacobi, premiere of online TV-series – and two conversations moderated by Maud Ceuterick

Video summary from the events:

Longer presentation of Latent city:

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