22nd – 28th of May BEK organized the LAB FROM MACRO TO MICRO AND BACK, the physics and metaphysics of_________________distance. LAB was a practice-oriented concept for researching artistic and raw materials in collaboration. The project was made possible through the four-year EU-funded project Future DiverCities, where BEK is a partner.
Two local and two international artists from different disciplines have been invited to explore new technology together. The invited artists where Kirsti van Hoegee (Bergen), Njål Clementsen (Bergen), Emma Fält (Kuopio, Finland) og Myriel Milicevic (Berlin). Artist Piotr Pajchel (Oslo) was invited as the expert, and during the LAB he teached them drone technology as well as shared his expertise from working with the stage art group Verdensteateret. Artist and artistic developer at BEK, Anne Marthe Dyvi has programmed and facilitated the week.
The invited artists all have the ability to put important topics about our time and society under the loupe, and disseminate them in public. Their artistic practices have been characterized by cooperation, and dedication to topics like light pollution, gentrification, the disappearing of farmland and general togetherness.Through this week, they will function as a research team where the distance between micro and macro will be the subject of thinking and exploration.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Kirsti van Hoegee (Bergen)
Kirsti van Hoegee lives and works in Bergen, where she works as an artist, and as a curator and producer at KRAFT in Bergen. She holds a Bachelor in Photography and Master in Arts from the Art Academy in Bergen and works in a span of expression, often with photography as a starting point. In her recent art projects van Hoegee investigated aspects and parallels between insect behavior and the increasingly artificial lit globe. She looks at our relationship to the universe, and how this has changed in step with the development of the technology of photography and history of artificial light. How are we affected by losing access to the starry sky?
Njål Clementsen (Bergen)
Njål Clementsen is an artist and musician based in Bergen. He finished his BFA at the Institute of Art at the University of Bergen in the spring of 2016. His work is founded in the time based, utilizing medias such as video, sound, performance and installation. With an extensive background as a musician, both touring and recording, applying musical approaches to his work has become a natural part of his practice. In 2015 he participated in the joint study program, Nordic Sound Art, a one year, in depth dive into sound art. The program was concluded with a group exhibition at HIAP, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki,Finland.
Njål’s site on vimeo
Njål’s site on soundcoud
Emma Fält (Kuopio, Finland)
Emma Fält is based in Kuopio, Finland. In her work Emma is studying the world through drawing and performance art. Her work takes a comprehensive look at drawing as a live act, an instrument of communication and a means to collaboratively explore our experience of the world around us. The drawings don´t want to end up being objects, they are in constant flux, changing and evolving.
Myriel Milicevic (Berlin)
Myriel Milicevic is an artist, researcher and interaction designer based in Berlin. With her Neighbourhood Satellites she explores the hidden connections between people and their natural, social, and technical environments. These explorations are mostly of a participatory nature, emerging from collaborations with other artists and scientists, in the context of workshops, classrooms, exhibitions, residencies and out in the field. Myriel received her MA from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy and her diploma in Graphic Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Further, she followed studies at the Conceptual and Information Arts department of San Francisco State University as part of her education.
About Neighbourhood Satellites
Piotr Pajchel (Oslo)
Expert and participant
Piotr Pajchel is a video based visual artist from Norway who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. His work with real-time video is used in installations, performances and live jams. He is currently responsible for the extensive video work in Verdensteatret and a member of the board running the company on a day to day basis. Verdensteatret are artists from different art-fields who work together and make live-art and other art-related projects. They endeavour to use a collaborative process to deeply integrate different artistic disciplines into projects that bridge the gap between artistic borders.Characteristic for their work is that they are building exquisite links between seemingly incompatible technologies and materials. The experimental use of audiovisual technology in a close dialogue with more traditional and historic tools of artistic expression results in complex orchestral works or space-related musical compositions.
Anne Marthe Dyvi (Bergen)
Anne Marthe Dyvi is an artist educated and based in Bergen. She graduated from The Bergen Academy of Art and Design with an MA in fine art in 2010. In addition to her own practice as an artist, she is a member of the artist group Ytter, and works as artistic developer at the Bergen Center for Electronic Arts. She works with different mediums; video, sculpture, text, sound, performance and installation, without being faithful to any of them. Her work can often be described as interdisciplinary, site-specific and process-orientated. She was a part of the resource group developing a national archive for video arts in Norway for the Arts Council, and is currently a member of the board at NBK, Norwegian Artist Union. She writes, lectures and curate on a freelance basis.
Anne Marthe’s website
FUTURE DIVERCITIES PROJECT CONTEXT:
Future DiverCities is an initiative of 10 partners in Europe and Canada, all key players in the field of citymaking and new artistic forms, funded by the Creative Europe programme, to explore the power of creative innovation in challenging urban spaces. Using intercultural collaboration in a socio-cultural and digital context, Future DiverCities is looking to take further the vision of art in cities and harness the spirit and thinking of the City 3.0, a vision of cities in our digital era “harnessing the collective imagination and intelligence of citizens in making, shaping and co-creating their city” (Prf. Charles Landry, The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators.)
Future DiverCities explores new ways of collaboration and co-creation by using innovative co-design methodologies in artistic processes, incubating artwork that shuffles urban geographies, or explores new participative digital tools to creatively experience the city..
#LivingCities Future DiverCities is a holistic programme looking at the ever-changing role of art and creative work in the urban context. The programme includes a wide range of activities, community labs, citizens workshops and artistic interventions, to explore and show how artists and creatives can propose innovative ways to build our future cities and how this responds to the current thinking and needs around urban transformation.
Future DiverCities sees creative innovation as a tool to enable citizens to see things in a different way, supporting the development of stronger communities and contributing to the concepts of happy and resilient cities.
The project is co-funded by Creative Europe Program/EU
Foto credits, in order or appearance: Anne Marthe Dyvi, Jon Cohrs, Kirsti van Hoegee, Tomi Paasonen, Njål Clementsen, Anne Marthe Dyvi