Open call: Landscape as Material Witness

Bergen and surrounding area 06.09.2021 25.02.2021


We have two available spots in a two-part workshop with Fredrik Salhus (photogrammetry) and Susan Schuppli (Material Witness). In the workshop, we will look at how visual traces in a landscape can be read, and how these traces can function as witnesses of ongoing processes like destruction of nature, climate changes, or political and economic transformations.
Part 1: Photogrammetry with Fredrik Salhus
6 – 8 September, 2021

A course in photogrammetry, which is used to decide geometrical properties like form, size and location of photographed objects. Our focus will be on how we can use this tool in mapping and investigation of objects or smaller defined areas. The course will be led by Fredrik Salhus, who has several years of experience with this tool. He will give an introduction to software such as Meshroom, Meshmixer and Blender. In addition, we will look at texts and films that will contextualise the workshop and prepare for the second part in February.

Part 2: Material Witness with Susan Schuppli
21 – 25 February, 2022

Part 2 is led by researcher and artist Susan Schuppli, who created the project “Material Witness”.  Here she has researched how physical objects or surroundings can bear witness to certain events or processes and thus take part in the complex question of what we can have knowledge about. The witnesses could be ice cores containing traces from the industrial revolution with its increase in air pollution, or other traces in a landscape that tell stories of violence, war or political transformations. The workshop will contain theoretical discussions and an expedition into a landscape on the West Coast of Norway. Details will be ready early Autumn, 2021. 

Participants must be available for both part 1 and 2 of the workshop. Participants can develop their own projects as part of the workshop. Location: Bergen and surrounding area. We will pay for travel (max NOK 4000) and accommodation if you don´t live in Bergen.

There are two vacant spots for professional artists. If you are interested in participating, we kindly ask you to send to

– CV
– Link to home page or a small portfolio of previous works
– A short text on why you want to participate (max 250 words)

Deadline: 19 August, 2021

The workshop will primarily be in English.

The workshop is a collaboration between BEK and KMD (Institute of Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen) and is a part of the research project «Illuminating the Non-Representable» led by Professor Hilde Kramer.

For questions or more information, please contact Åse Løvgren:, or +47 93645257

Stills and process image from the video “Strømforgreininger” by Ingrid K. Bjørnaali, shown at Akademirommet, Oslo 2021