In Practice: Other Objects
Group exhibition

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
Anniversary exhibition

2 Nov 2018 from 4 - 9pm
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
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

Wed 26 Sep, 7 PM - 11 PM
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

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
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


14/02/2018, at 8pm
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

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

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

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

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
Carl Johan Högberg
Marijn Ottenhof
Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin
Curator: Katia Krupennikova

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

De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag

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


Performance part of Museum Night
Curated by Vincent Van Velsen

Nov. 5, 2016
7:30 & 10:30pm

Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6, Amsterdam

A utopian cowboy named 'Slim Denken' will try to pitch you an investment opportunity in a new technology app for napping networks called 'Nappezoid'. This performance is a fantastical dark humorous criticism of the sharing economy with futuristic hidden messages in a Van Gogh painting.


So Far We Safari
Performance featuring Jokūbas Čižikas
Part of Heterotropics curated by Sara Giannini

24 September, 3pm
Meet at: H.A.J Baarnderskade, Amsterdam

So Far We Safari is a story-telling tour connecting the neighborhoods of Oostelijk Havengebied and the Indische Buurt. It Includes a boat expedition with an audio piece by Jokūbas Čižikas. The tour will tackle subjects between departing and arriving, collecting and exoticism, memory and fiction. The different movements and transitions will also contemplate on the role and function of artworks as transitional objects.


Huis Museum
Exhibition of my personal collection
Part of Heterotropics*

4 September - 24 September 2016
Opening 4 September, 4-7pm

Museum Perron Oost
Cruquiusweg 11, Amsterdam

*Heterotropics is a curatorial project by Sara Giannini in collaboration with TAAK. It investigates remnants of colonial desire and exotic projection in Amsterdam. The Huis Museum will be included in Heterotropics' first event on Sept. 24 with performances by myself and Jacopo Miliani. PHOTO: gift by Richard Grimaldi


A Floating Art Space Inside of a Building
Duo show by David Bernstein and Suat Ögüt
Part of the exhibition series A Particular Scenario,
with an ongoing text by Christine Bax

29 July - 20 August 2016
Opening 29 July 2016, 6-10pm

Performance by Slim Denken at 8pm

Corridor Project Space
Veemkade 574, Amsterdam

Project made possible thanks to Mondriaan Fonds and SAHA


New positions on the relationship between art, urbanism and the public

July 3 – October 23, 2016
Opening July 3, 12pm

Abteiberg Museum
Abteistr. 27
41061 Mönchengladbach, DE

I will be presenting an audio installation in my Multipla made together with Tofu Gang: Jokūbas Čižikas, Miriam Hartwig, Géraldine Longueville, Jurgis Paškevičius, and Rosa Sijben


Apeirophobia / Aporia
Group Exhibition

Michel Auder
Julie Becker
David Bernstein
Jennifer Bolande
Cliff Borress
Quynh Dong
Shahab Fotouhi
Ulrik Heltoft
Joel Holmberg
Hassan Khan
Laura Owens
Maria Taniguchi
Asha Schechter
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Alice Wang
Brent Watanabe

Organized by Sohrab Mohebbi and Miljohn Ruperto

July 1 – July 31, 2016
Opening Fri July 1 7:00-9:30pm

Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States


Boom Bang III
The alternative Eurovision

11 May - 25 Jun 2016

9 Guildhall Road
Northampton, UK

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson and I present a video of our song 'I read you'


A matter of...

3 April - 26 Jun 2016
Opening 2 April, 6pm

Ludwig Forum Aachen
Jülicher Straße 97-109
Aachen, Germany

Group exhibition of participants from the Jan van Eyck Academie


Open Studios
Jan van Eyck Academie

10,11,12 March 2016
Academieplein 1
Maastricht, Netherlands

Final presentation of the year long residency program


The Cutlery Show

Octave Vandeweghe & David Bernstein
18 Feb. - 1 Apr. 2016
Gallery Valerie Traan
Reyndersstraat 12
Antwerp, Belgium


A Million Lines
XII Baltic Triennial

26 Nov. 2015 - 31 Jan. 2016
Bunkier Sztuki
Pl. Szczepański 3A
Krakow, Poland

In collaboration with Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, we present a new audio meditation break from the exhibition.


Discursive Objects
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

17th-25th October, 2015
11h - 18h daily
Gagelstraat 44
5616 RR Eindhoven

Wednesday 21st October: Performance by David Bernstein at Design Academy Eindhoven, 15h


Historical Materialism Symposium

The Rietveld Fine Arts department presents a range of talks and workshops by David Bernstein, Clare Butcher, Jasper Coppes, Jakob Ehrlich, Noa Giniger, Emilio Moreno, Martine Neddam, Michelle Son and more.

Teylers Museum
Spaarne 16 Haarlem, NL
30 Sep. 2015
13:00 - 17:00


Recorded audio festival
Organized by Blauerhase

1st part:
Forte Marghera
Venice, IT
25 - 27 Sep 2015

2nd part:
Different Locations
Florence, IT
9 - 11 Oct 2015


Festival of Minimal Actions
Performed by one person
A project by Thomas Geiger

Public space
Paris, FR
23 Sep - 21 Oct 2015

Made in collaboration with Rosa Sijben


Laff Box
A pop up comedy club
Curated by Nathalie Hartjes and Marloes de Vries

Showroom MAMA
Witte de Withstraat 29-31
Rotterdam, NL
12 Sep - 25 Oct 2015
Opening 11 Sep, 17:00 - 23:00

In the exhibition I will be presenting my new podcast "Packrat"; and on Saturday 10 October at 20:00 I will be making a performance.


Survival K(n)it 7
Annual contemporary art festival
Curated by Solvita Krese and Inga Lāce

Former National Library of Latvia
Krišjāņa Barona ielā 14
Riga, Latvia
4 - 20 Sep 2015
Opening 3 Sep

For the first time, I will present my spatulas together as a collection.


The abandoned mines
Group Exhibition during the Drodesera festival

Centrale Fies
Dro, Italy
27 July - 2 August,
Opening: 26 July at 7pm

Made in collaboration with Rosa Sijben


Packing the bud / opposing the worm / adjusting the heat / eluding the wind / escaping the bee
An exhibition dedicated to AGI Verona Collection by Icastica
curated by Rita Selvaggio

Museo Casa Ivan Bruschi
Corso Italia, 14 – Arezzo
27 june – 27 sept 2015

Carl Andre, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Giovanni Anselmo, Francesco Arena, Charles Avery, James Beckett, Neil Beloufa, David Bernstein, Joseph Beuys, Christian Burnoski, Sophie Calle, Mark Dion, Haris Epaminonda, Lara Favaretto, Mario Garcia Torres, Alberto Garutti, Félix González-Torres, Judith Hopf, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Allan McCollum, Jonathan Monk, Adrian Paci, Gerhard Richter, Markus Schinwald, Jessica Stockholder, Richard Tuttle, Francesco Vezzoli


Get Lost
Public exhibition
12 June - 25 September
Opening: Friday 12 June

Locations on Fred. Roeskestraat,

Rosa Sijben, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, and I collaborated on an audio companion for the exhibition. You can listen to it online or on location.


Performance evening
Saturday 06 June
9pm - 1am

Witte de Withstraat 50
3012BR Rotterdam


Speaking Parts
Performance in collaboration with Agnieszka Polska
Saturday 23 May,

Raven Row
56 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS


Spelling to Spell ** Spell to Spelling
Curated by De Appel Curatorial Program (Chiara Ianeselli and Inga Lãce)
22 May - 28 June
Opening: Friday 22 May,
6 - 9pm

De Appel Art Center
Prins Hendrikkade 142

The performance is available Tue, Wed, and Sun from 2-6pm


A day in the life of Thomas
a journey with performances, screenings and artist talks

17 May 2015
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10,

I will make a performance storytelling and cooking Tajine in the Teijin auditorium.


Karaoke Police
Performance in collaboration with: Monika Lipšic, Marija Olšauskaitė, Jurgis Paškevičius, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Brynjar Helgasson, Jokubas Čižikas, and Olga Tsvetkova
Part of the Spring Performance Festival 2015
20 March

Gerard Doustraat 132



The Zen is waiting for the train and standing next to him is The Wacky. The Zen looks over at The Wacky who is jumping up and down, dancing up a storm, but there is no music playing. "What is The Wacky dancing to?" wonders The Zen. The Wacky starts shooting spaghetti out of his fingertips and his head turns into a disco ball. The Zen realizes that The Wacky must be listening to something stuck in his head. The Zen wants to dance too. But how do you dance to a song stuck in someone else’s head?

Zenwacky is an approach, a way of seeing, an aesthetic philosophy – it’s the third side of the coin, a flipped interrobang at the beginning of a sentence, the answer to the question that we were not asking. Serious and silly, slaphappy and sincere, enlightened absurdity, focus and pocus, earthy and fluorescent - a concept developed by David Bernstein and David Kirshoff.

Zenwacky is a solo-exhibition by David Bernstein with contributions by Jokūbas Čižikas, Laurent-David Garnier, Sophia Holst, Robertas Narkus, Fort Standard, Jay Tan, and curated by Rieke Vos.

Opening on Sat 14 Feb, from 5 until 9pm
Valentine-themed story told at 7:30pm
Exhibition from 14 Feb - 18 March
Galerie van Gelder
Planciusstraat 9 A


Parrot's Excuse
On my transitional table

Nathalie Rias invites the artist Mikko Kuorinki to curate an exhibition on her transitional table.

Eerikinkatu 26B 24
Door code: 1303

Opening 18th Jan: From 3 pm to 6 pm
By appointment: From 19th Jan. until 24th Jan.
Appointment on week days from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Appointment on saturday from 2 pm to 4.30 pm
To take an appointment, send an email to:


Invitation to the Blues
For four consecutive Saturday nights PuntWG turns into a Juke Joint

Organized by Roi Alter

With: Arno Quartet, Lisa Vereertbrugghen, Naneci Yurdagül, Avondwinkel, Marat Beltser, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Renan Harari, Orr Herz, Francois Dey, Renata Sifrar, Terry Vreeburg, Venjamin Kazachenko, Bert Jacobs, Judith Leysner, David Bernstein, Melanie Ebenhoch, Aapo Nikkanen, Styrmir Orn Gudmunsson, Domineque Himmelsbach de Vries, Hu Wei, Noa Giniger, Jonas Ohlsson, Kaleb de Groot, and others

Saturday, 24 Jan. 18:00 to 22:00
Saturday, 31 Jan. 18:00 to 22:00
Saturday, 7 Feb. 18:00 to 22:00
Saturday, 14 Feb. 18:00 to 22:00

WG-Plein, 1054 Amsterdam, Netherlands


Object Manipulating Economy / Economy Manipulating Object

a group exhibition will be held in former shop, August Fröhls, founded by Mr. Fröhls, now closed by his granddaughter. This haberdashery used to sell Schlafkleidung or nightclothes for men and women and was open from 1916 to 2014.

Soya Arakawa, David Bernstein, Jessica Gispert, Elmar Hermann, Harkeerat Mangat, Rajni Perera, Titre Provisoire, Nep Sidhu [Black Constellation], Dino Steinhof, Kristina Stoyanova, Arjan Stockhausen, Jaret Vadera

Curated by Aman Sandhu & Swapnaa Tamhane

29 Jan. to 15 Feb. 2015
Opening: 28 Jan. at 7 PM
Performance by David Bernstein every 30 minutes

Friedrichstr. 19, 41061 Mönchengladbach, Germany


Man Hat Bridge
A Performance by David Bernstein and Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
22 Nov. 2014
The Barber Shop (Lisbon, PT)

These like-minded practitioners will debut their first duo performance Man Hat Bridge, a manifold thriller at the Barber Shop this November. Both artists work with the co-existence of narrative performance and studio based objects. During Man Hat Bridge they will merge their individual practices by weaving together a collection of old and new works into a storytelling tour that moves from the Barber Shop into the streets of Lisbon.


Multipla for Monika

Multipla for Father

Multipla Dreams
More to come...

Karaoke Police: Great Minds in the Headless Park
Via della Navicella 14, Rome
27 September 2014 - 3.00 / 5.00 / 7.00 pm
Duration: 40 min.

Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni
Nomas Foundation

Karaoke Police is a collaborative performance by David Bernstein, Sophia Holst, Monika Lipšic, Marija Olšauskaitė, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Jurgis Paškevičius, and Andrea Polichetti. Rome sets the stage for a touring performance that directly responds to the abundance of headless sculptures in the city's landscape. While walking, a game is played finding opposites in the location and situation. The performance is seen as an exhibition device, a way to bridge between objects and how they are experienced.


Recorded Audio Festival
17-20 Sep.

Hosted by:
Viafarini DOCVA
Milan, Italy

Helicotrema moves from the observation that, in the field of contemporary art and – to some extent – of contemporary theatre, the last decade has witnessed a gradual comeback of interest in the forms of audio plays, audio dramas, audio documentaries and various kinds of timeline-based formats based only on an acoustic component.

Helicotrema is curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio.


Collection As Allocated Objects
Tidens Krav
Skippergata 18
Oslo, Norway

Saturday September 6th
from 6pm onwards

As part of Soft City performance festival, the artist-run space Tidens Krav and the artist Sverre Gullesen will present the project Collection As Allocated Objects. An open call for artists, curators and gallerists to “submit yourself, alongside a work that you have at hand, as part of an ongoing meditation on redistribution” leads to a winner-takes-all poker tournament to be played live on Saturday night, with an art collection as the prize.


is an internet platform for artists' writings.

A selection of my poems have just been published on their website.


Skillbuilding Performance Festival
Centrale Fies
Dro, Italy
30 July 2014

As part of the "Live Works Vol.2" performance act award residency, I am presenting a new performance called: SE NON È VERO, È BEN TROVATO


Come see the Miss at Rupert's booth for Art Vilnius 18-21 June


What Thinks Me
An exhibition and series of events
Curated by Monika Lipšič and Juste Kostikovaite

June 27th – July 21st

ARTISTS: John Baldessari, David Bernstein, Ragna Bley, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf, David Raymond Conroy, Jesse Darling, Jugedamos, Nikita Kadan, Rebecca La Marre, Lina Lapelytė, Taus Makhacheva, Marija Olšauskaitė, Roman Osminkin, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jurgis Paškevičius, Daniel Shanken, Viktor Timofeev, Julijonas Urbonas, Robin Vanbesien, Technopoetry

2 Moshkov Pereulok, Tsentral'niy Rayon,
Saint Petersburg, Russia


No Place For Feng Shui

Opening Friday June 13, 2014 7:00pm

ARTISTS: Melanie Bisping, Vesko Gösel, Katja Kottmann, Henrik Löpmeier, Aman Sandhu & Swapnaa Tamhane, Rosa Sijben & David Bernstein, Dino Steinhof

Alte Lateinschule
Dechant-Frenken-Platz 4
41747 Viersen, Germany


Rupert Residency

Vilnius, Lithuania
5 May - 5 June


S7 – Suðurgata >> Árbær (not in service)
Exhibition and Publication
Reykjavik, Iceland
May 31 — August 31 2014
May 30 at 17:00 Opening

I have written a text for the publication in relation to the work of Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir.



Narrowcast Review!

By Dirk Richerdt / Rheinische Post / April 16, 2014


A performance by David Bernstein and Rosa Sijben
Part of the series Things are Happening

Mönchengladbach has a big, old and beautiful museum that's been empty for some years because the staircase can't be used by too many people at once.

In this amazing building, we are presenting a guided performance for just two people at a time.

We invite the two of you (or come alone, we’ll find you a partner) to walk around the building with us, receive the smallest radio broadcast in the world and hear David and his mom singing together on Skype. We would like to tell you stories, talk to you through virtual windows and show you objects and situations we created.

To make an appointment, contact Städtischen Kulturbüro, 02161-253953,

Overture: 12 April, 19:00
Performances: 13-17 April, 14:00-20:00
(Duration 20 minutes)

BIS - Altes Museum
Bismarckstraße 97-99
D-41061 Mönchengladbach


"There are always at least two ways of looking through a loophole"
A performance by David Bernstein

Take your chance pants, fold up your body with pure reason, and hop on the goat boat.
"It's a trick, it's a slip." Walden whispered through the slot.
On Saturday April 5th, we invite you to come over for an evening tour through the building of Walden Affairs. You'll find a host with the most, stories told, minds read, and pizza theorized.

With: Mike Bailey, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Sophia Holst, Joost Nieuwenburg, Mischa Poppe, Reynir Þór, Jennifer Teets, and Marianne Theunissen

5 April 2014, begins at 8pm

Walden Affairs
Zuidwal 52
2512 XT Den Haag
The Netherlands

Title by Mark Geffriaud


New Review on the Burnelė Series:

(In Lithuanian)
Child And Adult Education
by Birutė Pankūnaitė


Book Launch and Performance / “The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance,”

Produced by Performa 13
Date: Friday, 15 November 2013, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
FREE. No RSVP necessary

“The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance,” a project for Performa 13 in collaboration with Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen, Norway), consists of a book of scripts for radio plays commissioned from artists and writers, and the transmission of these plays on the radio. The book, edited by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Aaron Schuster, includes contributions by Alex Bailey, Pierre Bismuth and Dessislava Dimova, Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik, Ingrid Furre, Kim Hiorthøy and Lisa Östberg, Jugedamos (Jurgis Paškevičius, Géraldine Geffriaud, David Bernstein), Krõõt Juurak, Tija Suttikul, M. A. Vizsolyi, and Bedwyr Williams.

In addition to a short presentation of the book by the editors, there will be a performance by Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik of “Weed Archive (LIVE),” part of an ongoing project that draws on the archive of the pioneering Norwegian weed biologist Emil Korsmo (1863–1953).

Swedish 60 cocktails will be served.


AN’EDUCATION #5 - Diego Tonus, Residenti
Organized by ALA Group
October 27 – November 28, 2013
Opening Saturday October 26 2013 – 5pm
Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese.

On the morning of the opening the artists Diego Tonus and David Bernstein will conduct the workshop Critique Session with a group of students from the Brera Academy and their tutor, Barbara Casavecchia.The workshop is the first part of a later film that will be shot by the artists at the CAC in Vilnius during David Bernstein's residency; the film will be successively presented at Villa e Collezione Panza.

Piazza Litta, 1 21100 Varese, Italy
Villa e Collezione Panza Website


The Marble Man
Opening 10 October at 7 pm
10 October – 16 November 2013

A flip seduction meta mental spank, the space of Hadrian displays a small selection of spatula objects focused on the subject of meeting. People meet people, objects meet objects, and people meet people through objects. During the opening, David Bernstein will tell the story about the meeting with 'The Marble Man'. The performance lasts 20 min. and will begin periodically throughout the evening.

Via Giovanni Pascoli, 21
00184 Roma
+39 06 68210988


Burnelė - The First Evening

Species of Spatula
Oct. 7, 6.30pm
CAC Cinema
Vokiečių g. 2, LT-01130, Vilnius

Burnelė is a series of three evenings at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius organized by David Bernstein in collaboration with different invited guests.

“Burnelė” (literally – “a small mouth”, but also a “shot”, as of vodka) is one of the words in Lithuanian that mean both a container and the thing that fills it; the mouth and the drink become extensions of each other by way of measure and by direct engagement. Burnelė is also an occasion for a social gathering, in this case – an occasion to see and discuss how things have the potential to extend into other things, thoughts, and stories.

For the first evening, philosopher and writer Aaron Schuster will interview David Bernstein about his obsession with spatulas.


Exhibition on Stage God from the Machine

14 Sep.
Žygimantų 12-6, Vilnius

curated by Monika Lipšic
~ 18 val. Opening Ritual. Film "Exhibition on Stage"
~ 19.45 Jurgis Paškevičius and Monika Lipšic performance "God from the Machine"
~ Škicas Analoginis - Signal Storm
~ Seasonslater Afrisa

'...Exhibition on Stage God from the Machine reflects a habit of exhibition making. Contemporary art exhibitions might happen anywhere depending on how one perceives the thing.' Exhibition curator and author Monika Lipchitz invited several different artists, creatives and doers that all took part and created a role in a different stage of the overall presented (starting from the exhibition filming process to formulation of rhetorical questions).



Grand Opening
Opening 10 September at 7 pm
10 September – 5 October 2013

Frutta is thrilled to present ‘Grand Opening’ – the inaugural exhibition in their new space at Via Giovanni Pascoli, 21 in Rome. Featuring works by David Bernstein - Gabriele De Santis – Benjamin Hirte – Jacopo Miliani – John Henry Newton - Alek O. – Oliver Osborne - Roman Schramm and Yonatan Vinitsky.

Via Giovanni Pascoli, 21
00184 Roma
+39 06 68210988


Presented by Nüans
14-15 Sep. 2013

My project Funnelumpet Pong will be presented on the 14th Sep. 8pm

Adres / Address Hoca Ali Sok. No. 6/teras
Beyoğlu - Galata ‐ İstanbul

Funnelumpet Pong is a device for transmission between two islands, Europe and USA. Before traveling to USA, I invited a group of friends and artists to give me tasks to perform while traveling around on a road trip for one month. After these tasks were received and expressed in USA, they hit a ping pong paddle and bounced back to Europe where they will be shown at the HAYY RESIDENCY ISTANBUL.

In Collaboration with: Yosuke Amemiya, Jokūbas Čižikas, Géraldine Geffriaud, Yoann Gourmel, Sophia Holst, Jin Jing, Tamara Kuselman, Ray Ray Mitrano, Pedro de Moraes, Nüans, Jurgis Paškevicius, Rosa Sijben, Nathan Thurman, Diego Tonus, Silvia Ulloa, and Robert Wilhite.


Summer Walk in Den Haag
Part of Forever Summer II, hosted by Walden Affairs
21 July 2013 7pm

The evening begins at:
Zuidwal 52, 2512 XT
Den Haag


The Marble Man
an exhibition and performance by David Bernstein
3 - 7 July 2013

Part of Sandberg Institute graduation show, “The Festival of Choices 2013”

Performance Friday 5th July at 7.30pm

I was gaping at it, I was motionless, I was getting a bit hungry, but still couldn't look away. Daphne's face was screaming and what could I do? Marble garble, flesh confess, get the wood good. Oh my gouda kaas, ola margarita, maybe I should make my spatula out of marble instead of wood.

The performance will be the first part of an evening program with the exhibition of Jurgis Paškevičius and The Bible Performance by jugedamos.

Binnenbantamerstraat N.2
1011CK Amsterdam

For the other locations and schedule of "The Festival of Choices" click here



A group show on the loss of control
a reckless project conceived by cura.

Andrea Baccin, Luca Francesconi, Ilaria Gianni,
Ilaria Marotta, Costanza Paissan

Riccardo Benassi, David Bernstein, Marco Bongiorni, Ethan Breckenridge, Cristian Chironi, Taylan Cihan, Jonas Delaborde, Tomaso De Luca, Gabriele De Santis, Gregory Edward, Anna Franceschini, Liam Gillick, Tyron Grillo, MacGregor Harp, Silvia Hell, Irina Kholodnaya, Jean-Baptiste Langlet, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Shimon Minamikawa, Matthieu Palud, Andrés Ramirez, Billy Rennekamp, Lisa Sanditz, Sigrid Sandström, Angelo Sarleti, Trevor Shimizu, Rita Sobral Campos, Christopher Stark, Lisa Tan, Elena Tavecchia, The Ister, Alice Tomaselli, Ricardo Valentim, Elise Vandewalle, Roger van Voorhees, Chiara Vecchiarelli, Olav Westphalen, Jocko Weyland.

Chinese Whispers is a project on role reversal, loss of control and chaos.
At the end of a process, which lasted about a month and started with an invitation by the five curators to an interlocutor, the show includes, in the current last stage, more than forty artists, curators, musicians, poets and collectives from over ten different countries.
The exhibition will take place at cura.basement space on May 20th. It is the result of a layering of suggestions that step by step had inspired a variety of works, traces and interventions, summarizing a reflection on the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, and on the dynamics of building a visual, aesthetic, conceptual imaginary extended to an entire community.

(opening reception)
20 May — 6.30 pm

via nicola ricciotti 4 — 00195 rome (IT)


Bourgeois Leftovers / April 20 - Jun 16
Opening Reception, April 19, 6-9pm
De Appel Art Center
Prins Hendrikkade 142
1011 AT Amsterdam


My book, Hill will be shown at: