Future DiverCities

Latent City: Video programme

"Latent City": Online video programme 12.11.2020 29.11.2020


As part of the exhibition Latent City, a video programme is shown with contributions by artists Aleksander Johan Andreassen, Aske Thiberg, Jonas Ersland, Pia Rönicke, Stephen Connolly and Tivon Rice. As the current guidelines for the infection situation in Bergen do not allow the public to be physically present at Bergen Kjøtt, we are very happy to be able to share all the videos with you here. The video programme will be available on bek.no throughout the exhibition period 12 – 29 November 2020.

Saturday 14 November at 16.00 we will stream a presentation of the video programme by Anders Rubing. In his research work at the University of Bergen, he examines how future visions of the urban are produced by discourses around safety and resilience. The presentation will also be shown on Saturday 21 November as part of the event Latent City – Invisible Fields #1.

Centarium (2020) by Aleksander Johan Andreassen
4K Video, 21:58 min.
Read more about the video and the artist here.

Now I see things for the way it is (2019) av Aske Thiberg
HD video, 29:54 min.
Read more about the video and the artist here.

Public Waiters (2017) av Jonas Ersland
HD Video, 03:44 min.

Read more about the video and the artist here.

Zonen (2005) av Pia Rönicke 
16mm lm/DVD, 22:34 min.

Read more about the video and the artist here.

Machine Space (2018) av Stephen Connolly
HD video, 24:20 min.

Read more about the video and the artist here.

Environment Built for Absence (an unofficial/artificial sequel to J.G. Ballard’s «High Rise») (2018) av Tivon Rice
HD video, datagenerert tekst, 17:45 min.

Read more about the video and the artist here.

Latent City presents artistic productions dealing with the city’s hidden stories. Seen through the lens of artistic observation, latent infrastructures and questions of digital presence and of power and democracy in our cities, meet in an exhibition that takes place over three weeks. The Latent City is the city that awaits, the one that is about to unfold, our common future city. 

Contributions by: Aleksander Johan Andreassen, Aske Thiberg, GaraGara Artist Initiative, Gitte Sætre & Frans Jacobi, Hanan Benammar, Hannevold/Prati/Qin/Shomali, Jan Mocek, Jonas Ersland, Kaeto Sweeney, Maren Dagny Juell, Marit Eikemo, Nayara Leite, Pia Rönicke, Stelios Manousakis, Stephen Connolly, Thure Erik Lund, Tivon Rice, Trond Lossius, VUMA Projects, Søssa Jørgensen & Yngvild Færøy. The programme is developed by BEK.

Several of the art projects are financed or commissioned by BEK, while others are existing works presented in new formats. A video programme will be on show throughout the project period and there will be an extensive program of talks and performances. Please find full programme here.

The title Latent City is inspired by the term “latent space” from machine learning and artificial intelligence. Latent space refers to the pool of compressed data that the machine analyzes in order to extract knowledge from, and where algorithmic computations often are so complex that they become opaque and gain a life of their own. Latent City thus approaches the city structures that are obscured from our view: infrastructures such as wi-fi and surveillance technology, more-than-human perspectives from animals and nature, and political factors that involve power relations and social exclusion. Sci-fi visions of the city and contemplations on city planning point to new possibilities as well as pitfalls.

Latent City

Latent City coincides with the celebration of BEK’s 20th anniversary in 2020 as a pioneering resource centre and springboard for artistic projects to come to life, at the forefront of art and technology. This year, BEK revitalises its history by showing art projects from the archive, and looks into the technological developments of the past 20 years, from a societal perspective. For Latent City, we have commissioned new works of art and texts, with support from the Arts Council Norway, Bergen Municipality and Fritt Ord Foundation.

Latent City is BEK’s culminating project for Future DiverCities, a four year long EU collaboration supported by the Creative Europe programme. The project has investigated new ways of collaboration while focusing on artistic production to examine our future cities. Please see Future DiverCities for more information. BEK receives funding from Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, and Vestland County.

Bergen Kjøtt

Latent City is made possible at Bergen Kjøtt with the support of Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen kommune, Kulturrom, Arena Akustikk and BN Visuals.

Bergen Kjøtt and BEK take the situation regarding covid-19 seriously; all events follow current guidelines and restrictions from FHI. The video programme of Latent City will be shown online at bek.no, due to current covid-19 restriction in Bergen.