Future DiverCities

Throwback to Latent City

bek.no 01.02.2021 14.02.2021


Did you miss out on Latent City? Or do you simply want to return and have new a look at what happened? Here we have collected three documentation videos that give you insight into the project and the programme. All videos are made by Paul Johannessen. Please find more information about Latent City and the programme (12 – 29 November 2020) below.

Latent City – short summary
Presentation of Latent City
Presentation of the VUMA Soner app

In this showcasen we have collected the three videos above, as well as documentation of one presentation/talk and documentation videos of three individual artworks.

Image above from Kateo Sweeney’s performance First kiss before anything once at the opening of Latent City at Bergen Kjøtt 12 November 2020. Photo credit: Thor Brødreskift.

Latent City presented 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, met in an exhibition that took place over three weeks. The Latent City is the city that awaits, the one that is about to unfold, our common future city.

Several of the art projects were financed or commissioned by BEK, while others were existing works presented in new formats. A video programme was on show throughout the project period and there was an extensive programme of talks and performances.

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.

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 was developed by BEK.

Please find more information about the project and the full programme here.