Gruppebilde Bergen, 2020-22

Work in progress for Bergen City Hall.

Digital jacquard tapestries with machine generated images based on portraits submitted by residents in Bergen.

Commissioned by the City of Bergen

‘Gruppebilde Bergen’ is a work in progress for the City of Bergen. Through Fall and Winter 2020/2021 residents of Bergen, Norway, were invited to contribute their portrait for the project. The submitted portraits were processed by machine learning technology, in order to create new portraits of “Bergeners” for two large tapestries for Bergen City Hall.

Portraits were collected through an online open call and photo shoots at various public spaces around Bergen.

The artwork will be completed in the Summer of 2022 when Bergen City Hall reopens after extensive rehabilitation.

Thanks to all collaborators and everyone who contributed their portrait for the project.

Software developing:
BEK – Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst / Espen Sommer Eide,
SEDB – Sindre Sørensen,

Digital jacquard weaving:
Kristina D. Aas for Innvik AS,

Mediaton (image collecting):
Daniela Ramos Arias
Naomi Niyo Bazira
Christa Mako Teigen

Illustrations (image collecting):
Liv Ragnhild Kjellman

Photo shoots took place at:
Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek: Hovedbiblioteket, Fana bibliotek, Landås bibliotek, Loddefjord bibliotek and Åsane bibliotek
Batteriet Vest-Norge and Krohnhagen Kafé
Bergen Internasjonale Kultursenter
Bergen Storsenter
Åsane Storsenter
Lagunen Storsenter
Det Akademiske Kvarter
Entrée Bergen

Read the call for submissions at
(NB: Submissions closed 31.01.2021)

Documentation of the image collection process at Instagram and Facebook