Cinema B-open 2017

B-open Video Village

This years’ Cinema B-open is going through a slight transformation and will appropriately be re-named B-open Video Village. A-works, a Bergen based architecture firm, has been invited to house this years videos. The main idea centers around that of sharing and hospitality and to give more space to each work, to create intimate huts, where the audience can go to and fro.

Each years submission is particularly exciting since it tells us something about current concerns amongst Bergen artist. Since this is not a curated show with pre-chosen focus, the scope is naturally wide, this years ranging from satire, to documentation of performance to video essays and music videos. I’m writing this while we haven’t reached the submission deadline yet, anticipating more great things to come our way.

B-open serves to bring Bergen artists closer to the general audience, to open up studios and processes and to share that with strangers. Video artists usually don’t have large sumptuous studios or production teams and their process of writing scripts, filming and editing often occurs in a secluded sphere. So each years iteration of showing video works by Bergen artists is valuable as it is a spatial acknowledgement of the scope of contemporary video art in Bergen.
This years editions will be special. It will be cozy and intimate, and you will get to see a range of video’s you won’t otherwise see collected as such.
A special thanks to BEK, Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst, for lending us equipment and technical advice. Bergen artists are lucky to have you!
I would like to welcome you all! Join us as we huddle up in front of the screens.

Apichaya Wanthiang
Producer Video Village 2017

Video Village
by a-works

This year cinema B-open will be transformed into a video village – a temporary community for the screening of video-works from local artists. The urban structure of the village is grounded on the notion of sharing – sharing video work, sharing space, sharing information, sharing food and hopefully sharing experiences and knowledge. And its image is assembled from everyday structures and objects to generate a common space that is familiar yet open and generous in its meaning and hospitality.

Foto: Cristian Stefanescu