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Fall 2016 Public Library Events

You guys, Bergen’s Public Library has all sorts of cool stuff to take part in (read about some of it here). Coming up this Autumn are all sorts of courses and events. I’m going to highlight a few for you here. If you want to check them out, you may need to contact the library directly to determine if events are in English or if English instruction (for courses) is a possibility. You can contact the library:

by phone: 55 56 85 00
by email:

Now, on with the show! Catch these courses, events and films at the Sentrum location of the library:


Interior of the Bergen Public Library Image:


Guitar Effects: Build Your Own Fuzz Pedal!

12th September 16:00 to 21:00. Sentrum Library.

If you’re not familiar, effect pedals manipulate the sound of electric instruments (often electric guitar) pre-amplification (for example adding dat reverb). More information here.

  • Learn to build a fuzz pedal and take it home with you!
  • Learn a little about soldering, distortion and audio electronics
  • No prerequisites
  • Instructor Knut Olai Mjøs Helle
  • Questions? Contact Per Vold: 55568507
  • Fee: 150 NOK
  • Maximum 8 participants
  • Register here



Compose your own music!

First session: 5th November, 10 to 18. WRAP-huset, Møllendalsveien 46 A

Build an instrument, compose and perform music during five November workshops. Then perform a concert of the compositions with the instruments in UROM (Library Auditorium and Youth Room in the library).

  • Suitable for 10 years and above.
  • No previous knowledge needed.
  • The remaining 4 sessions:
    8 November at 17:00 to 20:00, Library auditorium
    15 November at 17:00 to 20:00, Library auditorium
    22 November at 17:00 to 20:00: UROM.
    26 November at 13:00, Concert




Digital Art, Poetry, Politics and Virtual Reality

The Bergen Public Library are teaming up with the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group to present 4 distinct research and art projects within the field of electronic literature. These appear to all be in English!

Digital Art and Poetry Wonderments and Creatures

Jason Nelson, American artist and digital poetry presents. He creates unique works of electronic literature that push the boundaries between digital poetry and computer games using innovative interfaces. More information available at the library’s website.

21 September, 18:00 – 20:00, UROM

Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project

Scott Rettberg presents a virtual reality artwork in the form of an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) project depicting the stories of American soldiers who became torturers in the course of the Iraq War. Take a look at a sample of this project below:

21 October, 18:00 – 20:00, UROM

Light, Environments, and Ecologies for Digital Art

Alinta Krauth, Australian multidisciplinary digital artist, uses generative art, sound, projections, games, and physical computing in her creative process. Check out one of her projects below:

23 November, 18:00 – 20:00, UROM


The Poetics and Politics of Virtual Reality

Researchers and digital authors from City University Hong Kong and UiB team up to present VR artworks and research in progress on the poetics and politics of VF, followed by Bergen’s first VR Meet up and an exploration of new VR technologies. More information here.

14 December, 15:00 – 20:00, UROM

Free Films

Or check out some of the free films available (often in English) – both classic and new:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A high school senior is forced by his mother to befriend a girl with cancer, sharing films that he and his friend Earl created together. For more information, check out the library’s page.

And, check out a trailer:

5th September 18:00 to 19:40, Library Auditorium


Double Indemnity

Will Phyllis and her lover Walter get away with the murder of her husband and collect millions of dollars of insurance money? Watch Double Indemnity to find out.

View the trailer below:

10 October, 18:00 to 19:45, Library Auditorium


Check out all Autumn 2016’s free movie showings at the library here.

Looking for more?

Take a look for other Library Events here or pick up a paper copy of their August-December 2016 Program in person at the library.

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