[photo credit: Vera Lunde from Mørkerommet]
Prøverommet is BIT Teatergarasjen’s youthful sidekick, a roaming space moving between venues, galleries and other places in Bergen. This concept provides an opportunity for new voices, new material, thoughts and ideas to be tested out in an informal and dynamic alternative to the permanent institutions in Bergen. We’ve existed alongside BIT Teatergarasjen’s seasonal program since 1998 as an autonomous entity, always searching for the latest developments in the underground of Bergen’s art scene.
This season, Prøverommet is in a transitional phase. It remains low-threshold and responsive to the needs of Bergen's art community; observing the Covid-19 related necessity of smaller and spaced out audiences, as well as their intimate quality. Where possible, events will be looped, playing with repetition and audience overlaps.
Prøverommet offers a (changing) venue, event production, technical support and operates a continuous open call policy: send an email with a description of what you would like to present to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY is it important that Prøverommet is "independent of any current trends or expectations”?
BECAUSE it is a space that wants to see everything.
WHY are you attracted to Prøverommet?
BECAUSE I’m attracted to the quality of ‘testing’, which is different to rehearsing.
WHY did Prøverommet start in a bar?
BECAUSE good ideas often come with a glass of wine.
WHY should Prøverommet be live (do you want that?)
BECAUSE it leaves space for unpredictable things to happen.
WHAT is soft?
THAT is about taking care and giving space.
WHAT do you envision will change with you entering/me leaving Prøverommet?
THAT many things will remain: low-threshold, responsive to the needs of Bergen's artistic community; related to the necessity of smaller and spaced out audiences but also their intimacy.
WHAT you leave behind is a certain sensitivity, different to mine. I want to bring in concrete feedback and I want to think about how Prøverommet's community functions online. If it's supposed to be underground…
THAT is something I would like to see. The slow and the small. I guess that was the beginning of Prøverommet. Something easy, something for joy and for as many as the space (bar) could take.
WHAT you're saying about an online community and underground dissemination feels so right for where Prøverommet is now and where it will go. One thing that will happen this fall is that Prøverommet will be taken off Facebook. Tell us!
THAT in the spirit of testing something out, I want to see if cultural events really do have to rely on Facebook to organise. Reaching new audiences will have to be more direct. There will be posters and a mailing list! Instagram stays for now.
WHAT moves have you already made regarding Prøverommet's online space? How does it function currently?
THAT has actually been more about my (not existing) connection to online spaces than a strategy.
WHAT happened with Covid-19 is that I got forced into the online spaces, so it's been silence from Prøverommet for a long time now. Still, things have happened! I’ve been working on Depot, an online space conscious about the viewers’ and the artists’ needs, by programming new ways of showing and moving on screens.
Above: A chain conversation between Prøverommet’s former coordinator Kristina Melbø Valvik and its current producer Laurie Lax [18/09 12:24 - 24/09 09:38]