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


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 2013

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: