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I & I
Performance exhibition by David Bernstein
29 Jan – 28 Feb 2021
Artist Club Coffre Fort
Featuring collaborations with: Amber Vanluffelen, Ana Maria Gomez, Styrmir Örn Gudmundsson, and Zhou Junsheng
I & I is an exhibition as a performance, using different works of art as subjects to tell a multilayered story. The performance speaks about: I and ‘the other’, exoticism, afterlife, postcolonial melancholy via a fictional history of ice cream colonists, the idea of ‘overstanding’, and a strange meeting of eyes on the New York City subway system. Tea will be served and the Huis Museum collection will be on view.
Duration: 30 min (approx.)
Every Fri & Sat --- 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm
Every Sun -------- 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm
*Please make sure to write your (name + email) so we can contact you in case anything changes. The performance is limited to 3 people at a time, masks are obligatory as well as social distancing. There is no cost to attend. If you want to make an appointment for another time or have any questions, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head with Many Thoughts
14 Feb – 3 June 2020
Self Luminous Society has been invited to present their new installation, 'Booth HQ' and 4 performances on the opening weekend. 'Head with Many Thoughts' brings together a large group of artists spread across all the spaces of the Contemporary Art Center. The exhibition is a polyvocal reflection on time, endings, beginnings, transition and change. It offers no single vision for the future – neither hopeful nor threatening – nor one direction of movement: the present time is marked by a range of simultaneous trajectories and multiple choices.
7pm Ballyhoo – Introduction to Self Luminous Society
3pm Ballyhoo – Introduction to Self Luminous Society
6pm It's in the Air
Photo by: Dainius Putinas
29 Jan 2020, 6:30pm
The Hague, Netherlands
As part of an ongoing project organized by Kim David Bots, I am invited to present the performance 'Conspatulation'. Conspatulation is about spatulating together. After introducing the embodied concept, visitors are invited to ingest tacos and quesadillas, while I spin some tex-mex-booty-tech music. So come flip, extend, and allow cheesy tortilla matter to filter through you.
Name Blessing Game
Performance by Self Luminous Society
21 Nov 2019, 7pm
The Hague, Netherlands
During this background evening of Bernice Nauta's exhibition, she will give a brief talk on ‘the copy'. After this, Self Luminous Society has been invited to perform the Name Blessing Game, wherein they invite the public to change identities, to lose their names and assume new alter egos.
Performance by Self Luminous Society
26 – 27 Oct 2019
ECII brings together practices that appropriate institutional identities, processes and languages as tools for artistic research, performance and production. Action happens over two days of performances, lectures, screenings and concerts.
Featuring- Department of Ultimology, ENCORE, Gesellschaft zur Emanzipation des Samples G.E.S, Vanja Smiljanić- Minister of Cosmic People for the countries of Ex-Yugoslavia, Portugal and Former Portuguese Colonies, Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, T.A.L.O.S., That Might Be Right, Self Luminous Society, Joseph Noonan-Ganley , Pádraic E. Moore, Julia Zinnbauer.
Photo by: Julia Zinnbauer
The Water Party
7 Sep – 3 Nov 2019
A Tale Of A Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44
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
Paperback, 48pp, A5, Design: Sabo Day,
Texts by: Julia Geerlings and David Bernstein
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 one of these locations:
Amsterdam - San Seriffe
Den Haag - Billytown
Den Haag - Page not found
Den Haag - Stroom
Rotterdam - A Tale of a Tub
Brussels - Rile
Photo by: LNDWstudio
Vrijplaats Bij Mij
8 June - 13 October 2019
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
31 May - 21 June 2019
Opening with Performances 6-10PM
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
6 - 30 April 2019
Opening with drinks, tacos, and quesadillas 6-9PM
Conspatulation Demonstration at 8:00 P.M.
24 Rue de Bosnie
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
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
4 - 30 March 2019
Trent University, Dryden Street
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.
Performance collaboration with Juan Pablo Plazas
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
14 Jan - 25 Mar 2019
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
3 - 25 Nov 2018
Opening 2 Nov 2018 from 4 - 9pm
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
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
Tweede walstraat 5
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
Wed 26 Sep, 7 PM - 11 PM
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.