SÍM Residency
September 2018
Reykjavik, Iceland

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

Sam De Wilde
Pádraic E. Moore
David Bernstein

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

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

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

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

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
26-30 Jan. 2017
Bologna, Italy

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

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
13 Nov. 2016 - 22 Jan. 2017
Opening 12 november, 4pm
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag

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

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


Performance for 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
29 July - 20 August 2016
Opening 29 July 2016, 6-10pm
Performance by Slim Denken at 8pm
Corridor Project Space
Veemkade 574, Amsterdam

Part of the exhibition series A Particular Scenario,
with an ongoing text by Christine Bax

Project made possible thanks to Mondriaan Fonds and SAHA


Group Exhibition
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
July 1 – July 31, 2016
Opening Fri July 1 7:00-9:30pm
Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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


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
Gagelstraat 44
5616 RR Eindhoven

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


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

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.


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
23 Sep - 21 Oct 2015
Public space
Paris, FR

Made in collaboration with Rosa Sijben


Laff Box
A pop up comedy club
Curated by Nathalie Hartjes and Marloes de Vries
12 Sep - 25 Oct 2015
Opening 11 Sep, 17:00 - 23:00
Showroom MAMA
Witte de Withstraat 29-31
Rotterdam, NL

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.


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