Future DiverCities

Open day at BEK

BEK 26.05.2017 15.0026.05.2017 18.00


Friday the 26th of May, we invite everyone to join us and experience the results of a week’s exploration with drone technology, as well as art and technology talks. We will serve a light meal and drinks.

After a weeks residency, our 5 local and international visiting artists will share their practice and experience at the Open Day event. 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 have functioned as a research team where the distance between micro and macro has been the subject of thinking and exploration.

At BEK we have arranged LAB, a practice-oriented concept for researching artistic and raw materials in collaboration. The project is 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 committed to explore new technology together. The invited artists are Kirsti van Hoegee and Njål Clementsen from Bergen, and Emma Field, Kuopio, Finland, and Myriel Milicevic, Berlin. Artist Piotr Pajchel, invited as the expert,  has taught them drone technology as well as shared his expertise from the work of the Verdensteateret. Artist and artistic developer at BEK, Anne Marthe Dyvi, has programmed and facilitated the week. (Presentations further down)

the physics and metaphysics of_______________________________________distance
is title of the LAB, and the concept has been to establish a research group with artists who together explore distance as phenomena in a concrete as well as abstract form.

Where: At BEK in C. Sundtsgate 55, 8th floor

  • Open house with presentations and examples of drone footage recorded during the week. All the artists will be present.
  • Try our technology and fly a drone.
  • Presentation of the EU Project Future DiverCities (more information further down).
  • We will be serving light food and noble drops – on the roof terrace if the weather permits.

We look very much forward to a day of sharing with You!



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. She holds a Bachelor in Photography and Master in Fine 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?
Kirsti van Hoegee’s website

Njål Clementsen (Bergen)
Njål Clementsen is an artist and musician based in Bergen. He finished his Bachelor in Fine Art at the Art Academy in 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 Clementsen’s site on vimeo
Njål Clementsen’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.
Emma Fält’s portfolio

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.
Verdensteatret’s website

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 a Master 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 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.

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.

Future DiverCities’ website
The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme/EU