Inter-symmetric Workshop BEK — a workshop with Rian Treanor

Østre, Østre Skostredet 3 15.11.2021 11.0017.11.2021 13.30


As an extension of the project Inter-symmetric Works, exploring new forms of remote participation and networked interaction between audiences and collaborators, Rian Treanor convenes a workshop on sound synthesis and algorithmic pattern making for the symposium The Only Lasting Truth is Change.

The workshop is developed for and with people with different levels of learning difficulties, as well as a shared interest in sound and music. Using custom-made musical devices, the participants are invited to play together with complex musical systems and to create procedures for performances, sort of like the rules in a game, which aim to develop meaningful forms of non-verbal communication and facilitate unusual forms group interaction. The Inter-symmetric Works project is developed in cooperation with Mark Fell and examines relationships between procedural action, algorithmic process, non-linear interfaces, musical structure, and group-based performance.

The workshop in Bergen, organised by BEK in collaboration with Ekko, will result in a group performance on 20 November with Rian Treanor and workshop participants.

Rian Treanor

Rian Treanor re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting a compelling musical world of fractured and interlocking components. Having left a vivid impression with a string of EPs on The Death of Rave & Warp sub-label Arcola, his latest LPs ‘ATAXIA’ & ‘File Under UK Metaplasm’ for Planet Mu in 2020 established him as both a disruptive and essential new voice in British underground club music. Using the programming language Max/MSP, Treanor develops bespoke software to explore extended rhythmic techniques and algorithmic processes, building devices that enable spontaneous pattern modulation within various collaborations, workshops, live performances and installations.

The Only Lasting Truth is Change

The Only Lasting Truth is Change is a durational symposium investigating future configurations of art, technology, nature and power. It is organised by BEK with support from Norsk kulturråd, Fritt Ord, Bergen kommune and KORO, and in cooperation with Ekko, Østre, and KORO’s project STUDIO. Graphic design by Vera Gomes. Details on the programme are found at, including the symposium core event 19–20 November 2021.

Photo credits: Photo courtesy of Rian Treanor.

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