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June, 2019 --> The real body is in a thing that we share. Harbinger, Reykjavík, Iceland.
October 2019 --> Kloppen AUB, Bel is Kapot. In collaboration with Ash Kilmartin. PuntWG. Amsterdam.

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Impressions from The hum, a work that weaves together personal encounters of noise pollution, field recordings, listening sessions, sing-alongs, foley art and introduces Lego Flamb, a sneaky lounge lizard who kills time by extinguishing matches in the neighboorhood swimming pool. Special thanks to Gunnar Gunnsteinsson for playing keyboards and enhancing the atmosphere. The hum was presented at the group exhibition I need a rhythm at project space at7, Amsterdam, on March 16th with artists Bergur Thomas Anderson, Larisa David, Karen Huang and Mylan Hoezen.

Camera: Vera Mennens

16th March 2019





I Need a rhythm
A group show by Bergur Thomas Anderson, Mylan Hoezen, Larisa David and Karen Huang

We started from the notion of forming a support group leading up to the exhibition at hand by cooking soups together in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Once in a while, we would talk about our practices. Most of the time, we would talk about at what times of the year we could survive days without alcohol, cigarettes, gluten, and sugar. We spoke about being the perfect artist if we combined our powers; The Mover, The Speaker, The Singer, and The Director... Is the perfect artist the perfect human being? Consciously being socially strategic and showing good moral behavior in public is what brings us together in the show. We also have the need to disrupt and upset those flattening patterns, so the question becomes: how to create a space to support, direct and misbehave together? For one night only we will create a space where we may interfere and guide each other's bodily practices through our distinct characteristics and the needs that each of us brings in to the soup.

I need to practice. I need a routine. I need to misbehave. I need a rhythm.

There will be live performances throughout the evening One night only

HAPPENING ON: Saturday, March 16th 7pm

Location: Broedplaats Lely, Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam West.

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9th february 2019



Stonecarver's dilemma. An interactive choose-your-own adventure radio drama / performance by Ash Kilmartin and Bergur Thomas Anderson. Premeried on the occasion of Piet Zwart Institute's open studio day and the student run radio performance program Your silence will not protect you.

The audience becomes the protagonist of a story happening in the fictional town of Rottbridge, a place infected with a dancing plague sometime in the middle ages. They enter the town as an outside mason artist commissioned to make a piece for the local church, but soon discover that the sickness is entering the town and they are faced with a series of decisions each contributing to the outcome of the story. This performance relates to our duo-exhibition in PuntWG in Amsterdam in October 2019 and is a part of our collaborative research in to the story of the dancing plague of Strasbourg in 1518.



6 minute teaser

Camera: Jake Caleb & Daphne Simons

27 january 2019





The second edition of Anomia is among us, happening on the 27th of January 2019. I program this annual screening event in collaboration with Gunnar Gunnsteinsson. I like to see this event as a moment to contact artists I've gotten to know over the course of a year, and artists I'd like to see more of in the new year. Here is the list of artists we have contributing to the program of Anomia 2. This includes short films and video works that have belonged to the contexts of art installations and exhibitions shown in a focused, cinematic setting. A curated snackbar will also be present.

Alban Karsten
Julia Sokolnicka
Marta Hryniuk
Emma Heiðardsóttir
Jonas Brinker
Vala Sigþrúðar Jónsdóttir
Alexander Iezzi & Viktor Timofeev
Nicola Godman
+ more to be announced

The event takes place at project space at7, Schipluidenlaan 12 (entrace through the back via parking lot), 1062HE Amsterdam.

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20 december 2018





Presented by concert series Vrooom, Berghaim is appearing at Klooster Oude Noorden in Rotterdam on Thursday, December 20th.

(text taken from Vrooom's event page) We're wrapping up another eventful year. Vrooom #67 focuses on local artists exlusively. Icelander Berghaim plays synth-based pop that involves storytelling about ducks, magicians, and gatekeepers. Zoontoon and Alerta engage in a loopstation-ed and casio-ed audiovisual show. Furthermore, expect a 180 degree stylistic turn between Manira Star & Leah Uijterlinde, and noisemongers Boterklontje. Goood Vrooom vibes again.

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image: the first appearance of the earth man (precursor of Berghaim), manifested in collaboration with artists Catoo Kemperman and Simon Becks.

21 november 2018



Documentation of my work, Sooooooo what brings you here today?, a solo performance using improvised vocal drone, keyboard and spoken word about a clumsy shopkeepers assistant looking for his ginger-shaped key. Don't get this guy to work for you, he'll turn your shop into his gateway to the Underworld. The performance was hosted at Galerie Lecq on October 7th, within Philippa Driest's exhibition KIOSK.

Camera and edit: Philippa Driest.

5 october 2018

Documentation from the group show To That Special Someone, held at project space at7, Amsterdam. For the show I presented two drawings, a small sculpture and a performance skit at the opening.


Map #1


Map #2


Ginger for burning





Camera: Vera Mennens.



2 august 2018



From a performance at Mengi (Reykjavik, Iceland) where I premiered new songs and stories under the Berghaim moniker. Berghaim is a musical identity which developed out of my research in to artist Abbott Thayer, the geographical history of Iceland and personal tarot studies.

You can listen to Berghaim's music here

8 june 2018



A recording of my work-in-progress, "too close to the ghost", now exists as a part of the growing archive of RAAR. It's a performance that follows a figure who lives inside the earth. She knows everything about 20th century music and runs a pirate radio station. Her friend is a normal Duck looking for another duck who seems to have mastered the art of camouflage. Midway through its search, the Duck meets a Hermit who grants wishes to those who knows his magic ... The piece starts @ minute 22:30, but I encourage a full listen for some cool dutch poetry slamming, sci-fi conversations and artist talks.

LISTEN HERE

18 may 2018



I am performing a new piece titled Phrases at project space at7, Amsterdam on May 18th. Next to the opening of After Sun, at7 will host The Bronzing Hour, a performance program to revitalize and energize. Also included in the The Bronzing Hour are performances by Pia Louwerens, Tom Kok & Junsheng Zhou.

Phrases is performance for six singers who are spread around the space, each vocalizing a short phrase of music and repeating it for the duration of the piece. The performance is about paying homage to the music that glues to the mind or muscle and sharing those fragments in a dynamic, phasing space of voices.

Performers: Bergur Thomas Anderson, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Sara Hamadeh, Cristiana Vignatelli, Matthías Ingiberg Sigurðsson & Alexander Iezzi.

16 march 2018



THE FABRIC CREATED THE FORM: ON ARTISTIC POTENTIALS OF COVERING

This text covers some recent research in to the history of camouflage, fluctuating representations and the artistic potentials in covering. Thank you artzine.is for sharing.

Image credit: Stock photo

30 march 2018



I performed a new work titled Too close to the ghost at 4bid gallery, Amsterdam. This performance is a part of an ongoing exploration in to notions of visibility and how to generate presences through songs and gestures.

4bid gallery is on the ground floor of the OT301 building, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam. The performance is part of a two day festival called B.Base. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1715488495156565/

Image credit: Abbott Thayer

29. january 2018


The first edition of ANOMIA, a video screening platform that I organize with Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, will take place at project-space at7 on february 11th.

(from press release)
On Sunday 11th of February project space at7 will transform in to a cinema presenting video works by young artists. The ambition of ANOMIA is to provide an experimental platform where video works can be presented on their own and freed from the exhibition setting. The first edition of ANOMIA includes contributions from young, newly graduated artists and film makers.

with contributions from Thom van Hoek, Árni Jónsson, Natasha Taylor, Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir, Kolbrún Lilja Torfadóttir, Susan van Veen, Timna Tomiša, Þorgerður Þórhallsdóttir, Sigurður Möller Sívertsen ...and more

16. january 2018


From 25 January 2018 till 3 March 2018, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam will turn into the Kunsthalle for Music, a contemporary space for the live exhibition of musical works.

Music is not necessarily what you think it is. Can we imagine a space for music that exists outside of any media and beyond the stage? A space for un-recordable music, music of undefined duration, existing even when no audience is present? A dissolution of performer and audience, of rehearsal and performance? How can we imagine contemporary music, composition, and music performance as contemporary art today? - from Ari Benjamin Meyers manifesto for the Kunsthalle for Music.

The Kunsthalle for Music ensemble forms the heart of the Kunsthalle for Music, consisting of eight musician-performers. An open-call for musicians of all types, backgrounds and skill-levels resulted in the following ensemble: Bergur Thomas Anderson (guitar), Billy Bultheel (piano), Sandhya Daemgen (violin and voice), Sara Hamadeh (violin), Alexander Iezzi (drums and percussion), Nanna Ikonen (saxophone and electronics), Jackson Moore (saxophone), and Pau Marques i Oleo (cello).

More about The Kunsthalle For Music on Witte de With website

22. December 2017


The Hardest Acting Challenge I Have Ever Faced (2017) will be screened during the Nordur og Nidur Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. The festival is happening in Harpa Music Hall from 27. - 30. december.

11 december 2017


screenshot from Improvisation for painting, a performance by Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir
teaser here
Marress, Maastricht on 2 july 2017.
Performers: Bergur Thomas Anderson, Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson and Tumi Árnason

8 december 2017


Laumulistasamsteypan's Karaoke Bar

Project Space at7, Amsterdam
Friday 8 dec
7pm - 22 am

Laumulistasamsteypan consists of a group of artists, annually and temporarily entwined on a small island called Hrisey (Iceland). Laumulistasamsteypan is a residency, a cooking club, an oddity, a festival, a gang, an un-broadcasted reality TV show, a reunion, an expedition, a radio station, a cult, a transnational project meeting or a summer camp for restless artists.

FRIDAY 8th of December at 19:03 Laumulistasamsteypan space ship will crash in Amsterdam on co-ordinates 52.3572656,4.838187599999969, also known as at7 project space.

A normal guy, a Tarot Cowboy, a human/sugar cane hybrid and a jalapeno farmer meet up for a drink at a karaoke bar. A bishop turns the wheel of fortune while a digital paper clip sings Britney Spears in autotune. A colorful hobo sends love letters to an unstable rock.

Laumulistasamsteypan 2017 consists of: Borghildur Tumadóttir, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Catoo Kemperman, Timna Tomisa, Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, Helene Johanne Christensen, Arna María Einarsdóttir, Simon Becks, Ástríður, Jónsdóttir, Gunnar Örn Egilsson, Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir, Bára Bjarnadóttir, Susan Van Veen, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Simon Brinck, Minne Kersten

3 november 2017


What am I doing with my life?, a performance by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson.
3rd november 2017
Kling&Bang, Reykjavik.

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson's performance What Am I Doing With My Life? (WAIDWML) is a rap show based on the topics of health, the environment, medicine and death. Performed by Dr. Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson and faculty memebers: Arnar Ásgeirsson, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Örn Alexander Ámundason, Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson, Hilmar Guðjónsson, Benedikt Nikulás Anes Ketilsson

22. october 2017


The Hardest Acting Challenge I Have Ever Faced (2017) will be screened at the Northern Wave International Film Festival happening at Rif, Iceland.