BEK offers resources and services to our users, mainly professional artists. You can book project rooms and studios, rent equipment, borrow books, get advice about artistic processes and help with applications. If you use BEK a lot, you may be granted keys. If this is the case, you will be responsible for following our procedures and routines for the use of BEK and our resources. We do not charge you for using our facilities, but if you borrow equipment we will charge you a symbolic rental fee.

How to Become a BEK User

Send an email to one of our employees, or to bek@bek.no. Tell us who you are, what you are doing, and what you need. We respond to you as quickly as possible and suggest how to follow up your request – either by providing access to resources or in a meeting where we discuss your project. If we can help, we ask you to credit BEK as a partner or support organisation, and we would require access to promotional material and documentation.

Project Spaces

At BEK there are two project rooms that can be used for development of artworks, workshops, presentations and meetings. Both rooms have a stereo sound setup and either projector or large screen. The smallest room also has a green screen.

Studios

We have two small studios for the post-production of video and audio. The video studio is used for editing, digital animation, stop motion, post-production and digitization. We provide access to Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut X, and other relevant software. The studio is equipped with a MacPro, an HD display monitor and a UHD display monitor for editing, as well as a 55” UHD display monitor and a 13” Sony Triniton monitor as reference screens.

The audio studio is soundproof and can be used for recording, mixing and editing up to 8-channel audio. It is equipped with a stereo DynAudio speaker setup and an 8 channel ambisonic setup with Genelec 8020 speakers. The sound card is a Motu 1248. You will need to bring your own laptop (and your own sound card if you prefer). Microphones and midi keyboards can be booked as needed. The studio is NOT suitable for band recordings.

Library

BEK has a reference library with literature, journals and catalogues that focus on contemporary art and music, particularly sound art and new media, as well as technical reference literature. As a BEK-user, you can take books out, otherwise the library is available for reference reading at BEK. We provide access to electronic literature and lynda.com, where there are a variety of relevant tutorials to immerse yourself in.

If you have a proposal for new titles that can complement the library, we will gladly take suggestions. In particular, we are interested in literature that can help to further develop a basic reference library, containing books of direct relevance and value for research and development work at BEK.

Equipment

BEK’s equipment can be hired by artists and artist organizations for short periods. All bookings are made through bookingatbekdotno. Responses to requests, retrieval and return of equipment are available on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10.00 – 16.00. The minimum price for all rentals is kr. 200, –

The list of equipment you can find here.