News:


The Water Party
Solo Exhibition
7 Sep – 3 Nov 2019
A Tale Of A Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44
Rotterdam, Netherlands

With guest works by: Ineke van der Burg, Liu Chao-tze, Rosa Sijben, Marco Lampis, Self Luminous Society, and 900 Stig featuring Indridi.

Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I started a political party. Of course there are many important issues to talk about these days, but my party would focus on the social and spiritual potential of water. Many former bath houses have been turned into cultural venues, and with this shift we have lost the opportunity to take a public bath and melt together. The Water Party would like to flip this by reintroducing communal liquid love into the art center. We will activate our fluid agenda by offering visitors the opportunity to soak in a wooden hot tub, returning to the warmth of the womb. Along with this embodied practice of intimacy, artworks are presented which promote the various ideals of the party such as: matriarchy, collaboration, divine holding, sharing pain as a form of resilience, and soul-flooding for (instead of brainstorming) an alternative sex education.

Every other Sunday, a listening session is organized with an invited host.
22 September 4pm – Myriam Lefkowitz
06 October 6pm – Liu Chao-tze
20 October 4pm – Viktorija Rybakova
3 November 4pm – Paoletta Holst

Photo by: LNDWstudio

------



The Water Party
Artist's Book

Paperback, 48pp, A5, Design: Sabo Day,
Texts by: Julia Geerlings and David Bernstein
10€

The Water Party (my first artist's book!) brings together drawings from the last 9 years with selected research images and a few accompanying texts related to the exhibition. The images were chosen as a response to the artworks and themes in the exhibition: Water, wood, spirituality, sexuality, and sharing pain as a form of resilience. If you are interested to buy a copy, you can contact me or visit A Tale Of A Tub in Rotterdam.

Photo by: LNDWstudio

------



Vrijplaats Bij Mij
Group Exhibition

8 June - 13 October 2019
Museum Ijsselstein
Walkade 2-4
Ijsselstein, Netherlands

Vrijplaats Bij Mij (free place near me) is an exhibition in public space with works spread around the town by: Atelier Van Lieshout, Frank Koolen & Kasper Jacobs, Johan Grimonprez, Hito Steyerl, Rob Voerman, Leonard van Munster, David Bernstein, Manon van Hoeckel, Ursula Jernberg, Merapi Obermayer, Su Tomesen, Rogeria Burgers, Henk Wijnen, sven signe den hartogh, Jonas Wijtenburg en Fedor van Rossem.

Photo by: Rebecca Camphens, courtesy of Vice NL

------



De Reconstructie
Group Exhibition

31 May - 21 June 2019
Opening with Performances 6-10PM
ABC Klubhuis
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 59
Antwerp, Belgium

ABC Klubhuis has invited Billytown-The Kitchen to make an exhibition in their space. De Reconstructie imagines a reconstruction of a person (Gisela 'Marc' Brüne, b.1896). With works by:
David Bernstein, Kim David Bots, Afra Eisma, Kolja Gollub, Gerard Herman, Paul de Jong, Maja Klaassens, Pia Louwerens, Marius Lut, Bernice Nauta, Nishiko, Robbert Pauwels.

On the opening I will perform the work 'Real Fake Real Estate' at 7:30pm

------



Conspatulation
Solo project

6 - 30 April 2019
Opening with drinks, tacos, and quesadillas 6-9PM
Conspatulation Demonstration at 8:00 P.M.
@ 76,4
24 Rue de Bosnie
Brussels, Belgium

Conspatulation is about spatulating together. During the opening I will show you my ongoing spatula series and demonstrate conspatulation while you ingest tacos and quesadillas. So come flip, extend, and allow cheesy tortilla matter to filter through you.

76,4 is a window vitrine permanently visible from the street. It is hosted by Michel François, Ekaterina Kaplunova, Juan Pablo Plazas and Richard Venlet.

------



The Self Luminous Society Represents
Art fair presentation

25 - 28 April 2019
Poppositions Art Fair
20–26 Rue de l’Abattoir
Brussels, Belgium

The Self Luminous Society is proud to introduce you to the ways of self luminosity. We will be walking throughout the fair inviting visitors for conversations while showing some curious objects. We have invited the artist Benny Snouta to join us from her parallel world to offer you a gift. But is free really free? Perhaps you are skeptical, especially after social media has made profits out of your ‘good will’? Well, we are here to put forth an alternative ‘Econosmic’ model (Cosmic Economics). We will not sell you things, but give you ideas. We want you to believe. Isn’t that what gives art value anyway?

------



The Community Live in Nottingham
Group exhibition

4 - 30 March 2019
Bonington Gallery
Trent University, Dryden Street
Nottingham, England

The Community (Paris based art/fashion center) has been invited to turn the gallery into a site for learning, experimentation and production. There will be a program of weekly workshops and activities delivered by invited artists and creatives. I have contributed an installation called the 'Ego Altar', a space to explore projective psychology and self-guided, intuitive healing. The 'Ego Altar' takes the shape of a large yellow carpeted platform in the shape of a sun. On the platform sits 5 sets of cards placed on abstract associative holders. These cards range from actual therapeutic tools to games for conversation. They can be used to provoke creativity, to engage in lateral thinking, and to reveal other ways of understanding your self and others.

------



Waastricht
Performance collaboration with Juan Pablo Plazas

3-5 March
Public space, Maastricht
Tub-thumping Ballyhoo at Op de Thermen - 4pm, Sun. 3 March
Duelo at Het Vrijthof - 8am, Tue. 5 March

Marres has invited Slim Denken and Hayne E. Day of the Self Luminous Society to come to Maastricht and spread their message of self luminousity during the Carnival. Throughout the 3 days, Slim and Hayne will wander the streets with their cart of tools and instruments turning the town upside-down. They will enter the teleportal dimensions of KarneVal, the cosmic resultant of drinking rotten karnemelk, causing people to become what they are not.

Join them for a Tub-thumping Ballyhoo on Sunday, where they will present and demonstrate ideas of the Self Luminous Society, together in joyful song.

------



Post Modern Collection:
Postcard sized artworks

Post Modern Collection invites artists and designers to create works based around the format of a postcard. I have made a series of sculptures in wire on top of doll house carpets; little sculptures, for little worlds. They are an outgrowth of my ongoing work, 'Between the Soup and the Potatoes', small experiments made in between other works.

------



In Practice: Other Objects
Group exhibition

14 Jan - 25 Mar 2019
SculptureCenter
44–19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NYC

Rosa Sijben and I have been selected for the emerging artists exhibition, "In Practice", guest curated by Gee Wesley. We are collaborating on a new work called "Something to hold on to" where visitors will be invited to hold on to one our sculptures as they walk around the exhibition.

*Made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fonds*

------



Between the Soup and the Potatoes
Duo exhibition with Rosa Sijben

Opening 30 november 7-11 pm
30 Nov - 12 Jan 2019
Billytown The Kitchen
Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3
The Hague, Netherlands

During a performance, while you are waiting for something to happen, it happens. While you are making art, you make other art. Sometimes there is nothing between some things, but that's something too! 'Between the Soup and the Potatoes' is a Flemish expression which means 'to do something quickly in between other things'. We want to recognize the curious moments in between, to bring our attention to this void and its joyful potential.

------



Gerrit turns 50, Willem only 28
Anniversary exhibition

Opening
2 Nov 2018 from 4 - 9pm
Open
3 - 25 Nov 2018
Wednesday - Sunday 1pm - 7pm
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Rietveld Academie is celebrating 50 years (and the Sandberg Institute 28) with a huge exhibition of students, teachers, and alumni. I was invited to show the Saunra, my sauna in a Fiat Multipla with the music of Sun Ra and his Arkestra. The sauna will be on every Friday afternoon as well as the night of 3 Nov for Museumnacht.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Stoop for HART Magazine
------



De Dingen De Baas #1
An evening about things in words, images, and sounds

Sat 06 Oct, 8:30PM
Extrapool
Tweede walstraat 5
Nijmegen, Netherlands

The Thing The Boss. An evening with 4 presenters: Anna-Rosja Haveman & Vanessa van ‘t Hoogt, David Bernstein, and Domas van Wijk. I will be presenting the work "Obsessys" throughout the evening while serving "Tea for Touching and Talking" blended by the tea master Ece Erel.

------



Real Fake Real Estate
Performance

Wed 26 Sep, 7 PM - 11 PM
OPEN
Grandagarður 27
Reykjavík, Iceland

You are invited to come to OPEN for a Miðvikutaco (A night of art and tacos) with some home made tortillas and tasty fillings. Before the food there will be an opening ritual cleansing by Logi Leó Gunnarsson and then the performance "Real Fake Real Estate" will debut by Bernstein's alter ego "Slim Denken". Denken is a cosmic cowboy consultant - one part linguistic mediation counselor, one part trickster salesman. Through the use of wood painting technology, Slim will blend real fake art history with real estate consulting for artistic housing solutions.

------



SÍM Residency
Reykjavik, Iceland
September 2018

For one month I will live in Reykjavik to produce a small series of paintings. At the end of the residency I will exhibit them with a performance. (Photograph of "Wood Painting for Corner", 2013)

------



The Self Luminous Society Showroom
Performance collaboration with Juan Pablo Plazas

28 July 2018, 14:00
Galerie Mieke van Schaijk
Verwersstraat 19–21, 1st floor
Den Bosch, Netherlands

As the closing event of Juan Pablo Plazas's exhibition "The Twilight Home", Slim Denken (a cosmic cowboy transcendental meditation leader) and his compadre, Hayne E. Day, present a showroom of enlightenment. Denken and Day are business travelers in concepts, utopian and dystopian, East and West, throwing light to awaken 'the self'.

------




Mountains for Toilets

18 May 2018 - 18 May 2019

Sichuan
Bagel Nosh
Asmara Eetkunst
Batoni Khinkali
Wonny's Eethuis

Exhibition of drawings at five restaurants in Amsterdam

------



Moscow Biennial for Young Art
7 June - 31 July 2018

District "Rassvet"
at Krasnaya Presnya
Stolyarny per., 3, k. 1
Moscow, Russia

I am showing a new installation called "Garden", a carpeted platform with curious objects to touch and linger with.
------



After Sun
Exhibition by:
David Bernstein, Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir, Kristín Karólína Helgadóttir

18 - 20 May 2018
Opening 7pm
at7
Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
(Entrance at backdoor, via the parking lot)

We are here on a sunny day, looking out at the imaginary mountainous landscape of The Netherlands, wrapped in a prophecy towel while getting a glamorous bronze, peeing a piña colada, showing some woody skin and wondering about the cosmos in your fingernails.

Come for the opening and stay for The Bronzing Hour, a program of talks/performances starting at 8pm, featuring:
Tom Kok & Junsheng Zhou
Pia Louwerens
Bergur Thomas Anderson

------



Bureau of Unspecified Services (B.U.S.)

12 April - 15 July 2018
SALT Galata
İstanbul, Turkey

With contributions by: Corridor Project Space, David Bernstein, Fiona Connor, Chris Evans, Aaron Flint Jamison, JUNZIOUI, Rosa Sijben, ŠKART, John Ziqiang Wu, Danna Vajda
Programmed by Sohrab Mohebbi

On the opening day from 4-7pm, I will be joined by certified tea expert Ece Erel to offer Obsessy tea ceremonies. Participants are invited to have a cup of tea blended especially for the occasion and to follow their curiosity and senses by touching objects and engaging in discussions.

------



Poppositions Public Program

19-22 April 2018
former Ateliers Coppens
Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains 22-23
Brussels, Belgium

During Poppositions you are invited you to come take a break and enjoy the sweaty galaxy of the Saunra, a sauna in a Fiat Multipla playing the music of Sun Ra and his Arkestra. It will be ongoing during fair hours, so just bring a towel and hop on in!

Photo by Charlotte Markus
------



Obsessys: Objects for touching and talking
A one day session with David Bernstein
Sat 17 March, from 2 to 8 PM

Guest Rooms
Rue de l'Hôtel des Monnaies 155, Brussels

Come for a cup of tea and an Obsessy. Obsessys are undefined sessions of touching and talking. A space is set with a group of objects that are used to meet others, or to meet yourself. They are things in between.

Photo by Aurelién Mole
------



Prospects & Concepts
Mondriaan Fonds special section in Art Rotterdam

8 - 11 Feb.
Van Nelle Fabriek
Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam

During the art fair, I will be offering tea and Obsessy sessions (objects for touching and talking). Come say hi and see all of the other great presentations!

Photo by Aurelién Mole
------



M4gastcollege
Lecture

14/02/2018, at 8pm
Tetterode
Bilderdijkstraat 165-B Amsterdam

¿Why can’t a thing be two things?*

Perhaps sometimes you walk through an exhibition of abstract paintings wondering whether one of them is accidentally upside down? And perhaps you wonder whether it matters one way or the other? Well the answer is yes and no and no and yes. David Bernstein will present a short lesson on flipping and how the flip can open up new possibilities for meaning and use.

*Quote of Oscar Tuazon

------



How do you do?
16.12.2017 – 14.1.2018
Opening: Sat, Dec 16th, 18h00 – 22h00
My performance "Nappezoid" will take place at 20h00.

A group show with:
David Bernstein
Paul Gagner
Hermanni Saarinen

The Community
Wednesday – Saturday 12h00 – 20h00
Sunday 12h00 – 19h00
65 Rue du Château d'Eau, 75010 Paris

Photo by Aurelién Mole
------



What am I Doing with My Life?
By Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson

Friday, 20 October 2017, 7pm
STEWDIO @ That Might Be Right
Vier-windenstraat 62 Rue des Quatre-Vents
Brussels

The performance What Am I Doing With My Life? (WAIDWML) is a rap show based on the topics of health, (alternative) medicine and death.

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson will be accompanied by the following faculty members: David Bernstein, Géraldine Longueville and Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson.

This presentation of WAIDWML is part of STEWDIO an irregular and unexpected series of evenings with performances hosted by That Might Be Right in collaboration with David Bernstein.

Doors open at 6pm
Performance starts at 7pm
Before and aftershow healing music by Izabela.
Nutritious STEW (vegan) and regenerative drinks available for democratic prices.

Photo: Tabea Feuerstein

------


The SAUNRA is ready for your sweaty visit!

------



Because most of the cosmos is compost
Solo Exhibition

P/////AKT
Zeeburgerpad 53
1019 AB Amsterdam

Opening: Saturday 9 September, 20-24 hrs
10 September – 8 October 2017, Thu-Sun, 14-18 hrs
Thursday nights open late until 1 AM
Featuring works by: Lee Castro, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Géraldine Longueville, Marianne Theunissen, Terry Vreeburg, and Junsheng Zhou.

Because most of the cosmos is compost is a healing space of relaxation, reflection, and hospitality. Our world today is filled with a sense of rotting in the air. But there is hope that we are just composting, going through the shit so we can arrive to a new fertility; a new space of joyful growth.

In order to activate the juices of the compost energy, the exhibition is filled with cozy couches, air filtering NASA plants, a bar serving a potion for improving artistic capacities, a cosmic sauna, and several sweaty events are organized. You are invited to come hydrate, use the Saunra (a sauna with the music of Sun Ra inside of a Fiat Multipla), or request a private Obsessy session – where you touch sassy abstract objects and talk.

David will live at the exhibition and perform during opening hours. Obsessys are available throughout the duration of the exhibition by walk-in or scheduled appointments.

Every Thursday night the exhibition will be open until 1:00 AM for evening sauna sessions where an invited guest will make a presentation.

------



Between The Sheets
Second Assembly

Sam De Wilde
Pádraic E. Moore
David Bernstein

That Might Be Right
Haachtsesteenweg 276 Chaussee de Haecht
1030 Brussels
22 July 2017, Doors open 19h, start 20h.

Intimate experiments, loving assembly, affecting commons. That Might Be Right is an artistic and socially engaged organisation dedicated to researching, developing and supporting alternatives to the present. Created by Paoletta Holst and Rob Ritzen.

------



Everyone Has a Book Inside Them
Part of The Book Lovers

Gdanska City Gallery
ul. Piwna 27/29, Gdańsk 80-831, Poland
18 June–2 July, 2017

During the opening evening on 18 June, Sebastian Cichocki and Lukasz Jastrubczak will perform their artist's novel Miraż (2012). Also, artist David Bernstein has been given carte blanche to DJ the collection and create a performance based on the reading of excerpts from the artist's novels.

------



Happy People
A smoking lounge by Arnar Ásgeirsson

24 Jun – 30 Jul 2017

The Living Art Museum
The Marshall House
Grandagarður 20
Reykjavik, Iceland

Mysterious sculptures have been inserted inside of funky pipes for you to smoke, consume and inhale fruity flavours. This smoking experience is an attempt for new ways to experience art.
Starring: Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir, Darri Lorenzen, David Bernstein, Eggert Pétursson, Eloise Bonneviot, Geirþrúður Einarsdóttir, Guðmundur Thoroddsen, Gustav Wideberg, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Juan-pedro Fabra Guemberena, Lars TCF Holdhus, Loidys Carnero, Mehraneh Atashi, Yaima Carrazana, Yazan Khalili, Yosuke Amemiya, Žilvinas Landzbergas

------



The Cutlery Show

IBU Gallery
166 Galerie de Valois
Jardin du Palais-Royal
75001 Paris

opening Tuesday 02.05.2017 | nocturne DDays (18-23h)
show during D Days (2 – 14 May)
the show continues at IBU Gallery until the 29th of July

David Clarke, David Bernstein, D.D.Trans, Eline Willemarck, Karl Fritsch, Gésine Hackenberg, Giampaolo Babetto, Jaydan Moore, Joo Hyung Park, Koichi Futatsumata, Maarten Baas, Marie Christine Dorner, Maki Okamoto, Muller Van Severen, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Nils Hint, Octave Vandeweghe, Studio Jinhyun Jeon, Studio Wieki Somers, Yuya Ushida

------



Chinese Whispers

29 April - 4 June - Opening 28 April 5-8 PM
Performance event Friday 26 May

Galerie Rianne Groen
Schietbaanstraat 21
3014 ZV Rotterdam

Bernice Nauta
David Bernstein
Wouter Venema
Rosa Sijben


This exhibition shows the work of four artists whose work evolve around the many different ways of storytelling. On Friday 26 May, a performance event will take place with Rosa Sijben and David Bernstein (featuring a poem by Žygimantas Kudirka). On this date there will also be a presentation of a new artist book by Wouter Venema.

------



Salon Hang

Kunstverein Amsterdam
Hazenstraat 28
9 April – 10 June 2017
Opening: Saturday 8 April 7 pm


Please join in a feast of you and your things; your pictures, objects, books, magazines, records, vases, pieces of strange cutlery, odd watches, paintings, and anything zebra. In a place transformed into a plush, domestic residence where one can sit and listen to live music, recitals, poetry readings, and drink and talk amidst a variety of artworks.


Salon Hang marks a very special time of year: the time to celebrate its members*. Please welcome, amongst others: Maria Barnas, David Bernstein, Marja Bloem, Tim Braden, Sarah Crowner, Valentina Desideri, JL Diantus, Experimental Jetset, Maartje Fliervoet, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Laurent-David Garnier, gerlach en koop, Melissa Gordon, Roos Gortzak, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Kara Hamilton, Marc Hollenstein, Juliette Jongma, Germaine Kruip, Lieven Lahaye, Gabriel Lester, Glenn Lewis, Matthew Robert Lutz-Kinoy, Raimundas Malašauskas, SL Martinez, Mevis & Van Deursen, Maureen Mooren, Lisa Oppenheim, Laura Pappa, Will Peck, Adam Pendleton, Alexander Ramselaar, Nerijus Rimkus, Smári Runar Róbertsson, Christine Roland, Benjamin Roth, Lotte Schröder, Maaike Schoorel, Dexter Sinister, Berend Strik, Jay Tan, Nora Turato, Andy Warhol, Felix Weigand, Riet Wijnen, Robert Wilhite, Luc Windaus, Bruno Zhu …

------



House of Stories
Book and Launch event

WRITERS:
Sarah Arnolds
Maurits de Bruijn
Revka Bijl
Caren Beilin
David Bernstein
Nicolina Eklund
Alexandra Karpilovski
Garret Nelson
Olga Terre
Daniel Vorthuys
Anne Marijn Voorhorst

Edited and organized by: Carina Erdmann

17 Mar. 2017
5-8 pm
Auction house 'de Zwaan'
Keizersgracht 474
Amsterdam


The authors were invited to write fictional responses to objects found in an auction house. This historical building is filled to the brim with exotic items from Africa and the former colonies. I chose to write about a bowling ball bowl that came from a 'cargo collective' in Tanna, Vanuatu.

------



Time Specific Artistic Lectures / Site Specific Artistic Lectures
Special Projects: Performances during Artefiera

David Bernstein
Chiara Fumai
Gabriel Lester
Olof Olsson
Roberto Fassone
Julie Béna
Giulio Squillacciotti
Walter Benjamin
Curated by: Chiara Vecchiarelli

26-30 Jan. 2017
Bologna, Italy


I will present the debut of the 'Packrat Podcast' season 2 Live: Grandma the Packrat (Nonna la disposofoba)
Jan 26 - 6 pm / 27 - 12 pm / 29 - 12 pm / Location: Arte Fiera @Spazio Talk
guided tour, time specific performance

I will also present the performance 'It's in the Air'
Jan 28 - 9 pm / Location: Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio Teatro Anatomico
piazza Galvani 1, site specific performance

------



It's in the Air
Performance for Studium Generale

1st December 2016, 4pm
Auditorium KABK
Prinsessegracht 4, Den Haag

It's in the Air is performed by 'Slim Denken', a cosmic cowboy transcendental meditation leader. Through language play, Slim tells a story about how we are all connected through the air and how a deadly meeting of 4 gunslingers led to the birth of siMULTIPLAneous particles. Featuring 'Breathing Poem' by Žygimantas Kudirka.

------



Games People Play
Group Exhibition

Apparatus 22
Feiko Beckers
David Bernstein
Priscila Fernandes
Goldin+Senneby
Carl Johan Högberg
Marijn Ottenhof
Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin
Curator: Katia Krupennikova

13 Nov. 2016 - 22 Jan. 2017
Opening 12 november, 4pm

NEST
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag

I am showing my spatula collection on top of a giant spatula!

------


Older Posts