BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts is a non-profit, interdisciplinary center for work within the field of art and technology. We promote resources, knowledge dissemination and sharing of expertise through artistic development, artistic collaboration and education. BEK’s main target group is professional artists within the fields of visual arts, sound art, stage art and music.
Our main task is to establish and maintain contact between individual artists, artist groups, institutions and others. We create meeting places for professional development through conversation and knowledge exchange. At BEK we are always interested in getting acquainted with new artists and new art projects, and we are happy to hear from you!
BEK guides individual artists, artist groups, galleries and cultural organizations in different stages of the artistic process, from the first idea to completion. We offer project rooms and studios, as well as loans and equipment rental. Read more about our services here.
BEK is one of the nodes in the national network PNEK – Production Network for Electronic Art in Norway. The network is a meeting place where the nodes discuss current topics, and functions as a contact point between the nodes and individual artists nationwide and internationally. PNEK initiates collaborative project and profiles the electronic art field in Norway internationally.
BEK is one of 10 partners in Future DiverCities, an incubator of cultural innovation and new creative practices. An important part of the work is the holistic program of creative laboratories (LABs) at the various partners in Europe and Canada. Future DiverCities is a four-year project supported by the Creative Europe-programme.
Research and development
BEK helps to develop artistic practices that involve the use of technology-based solutions, in collaboration with research communities and art-based organizations. Integrating electronics and technology into art projects requires specialized software solutions. We contribute to software development for spatialization and real time processing of audio, as well as programming of applications for different interfaces. You can read more about software development here (Link).
Exhibitions and events
We initiate and develop continuously our own art projects and collaborative projects, which in one way or another in the end are shared with the public. An interdisciplinary way of thinking is fundamental to most of what we do. With this as a starting point, we involve ourselves in visual arts, sound art, music, new media, performance and performing arts.
BEK advises artists and helps to find solutions to the matters that your projects require. With knowledge of the users’ wishes and needs, we offer education and foster competence through workshops, seminars, presentations and conversations.
BEK is organised as a foundation. Our board in 2017 is:
Marit Paasche (board leader)
Ørjan Drønen Madsen
Espen Johansen (substitute)
The annual reports are in Norwegian only.
BEK receives operating grants from Arts Council Norway, The City of Bergen and Hordaland County.
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