Bergur Anderson

Bergur Anderson

. . . Now & upcoming . . .

Exhibiton with Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir at The Pole, The Hague. 30 March 2021. *~
Residency: Verpejos, Lithuania with Katrina Niebergal. May 2021. *~
Publication contribution: Of Womxn and Other Weeds, and performance with Liza Prins, Layla Durrani & Katrina Niebergal. Art Rotterdam 2021. *~
Release: Night Time Transmissions with Futura Resistenza. September 2021. *~

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project space at7 *~
Singing Club of Rotterdam ~*~
Makery portfolio and shop at Patty morgan *~

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Performance series: Oratory services at Rib.

Documentation from Rib's Oratory services. Thanks to Vera Mennens, Katrina Niebergal and Linus Bonduelle for your voices - and thanks to Lili for the video. See the full archive of Oratory Services here, a relaying series of happenings out and around Rib, Rotterdam - with works made responding to works by Tisa Neza Herlec, Ash Kilmartin and Emmeli Person.

Release: Singing Club of Rotterdam / Audience at Antenne

Towards the end of last year, Singing Club of Rotterdam performed an unforgettable trip of vocal explorations at Rotterdam's bedroom venue, Antenne. This release we made together is available in limited numbers and features recordings from that first club night last winter. It features voices of Singing Club members and the audience present at that gig. Thanks Frederic, and thanks to all the voices who contributed to this magic, was a pleasure putting this together and mixing x

Listen and order here

Talk: Behind Motto's journey

Had a lovely chat with Palanga Street Radio about Motto's journey. You can read it here. Support PSR through Patreon here. Thanks for having me x

Release: Operating manual for floating in space

Operating Manual for Floating in Space is a project by Mylan Hoezen, researching the ecstasy of our existence through manually operating a sequence of bodily movements. This album is the soundtrack to the performative operations performed by Lili Ullrich, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Ratri Notosudirdjo, Noëlle Lakshmi and Alex Chater at Roodkapje Rotterdam in September last year. Musical direction by Bergur Thomas Anderson.

Released on June 29 with Futura Resistenza. Order and listen here.

The Laumi Hat collective presents: The Jeopardy

Poster by Jesse Rivers

Palanga Street Radio presents:

Welcome to Laumulistasamsteypan's grand exhibition called THE JEOPARDY. The collective has gathered on the island working on the construction for months. However, the weather has not been kind and the long Icelandic winter has suddenly stretched out into the early spring. The roads are blocked with meters of snow and the wind has blown every trampoline off the island and into the sea. The ferry is loaded with icicles and nobody can travel to or from the island. The exhibition is therefore in jeopardy and all the hard work the artists have undertaken is about to go to waste since nobody can come to witness these extraordinary works of art.

But do not despair, dear visitor, the artists of Laumulistasamsteypan will not leave you hanging! Since you cannot approach the artworks we shall bring them to you wherever you are. The radio tour of THE JEOPARDY will inhabit not only the homes of the Icelandic nation whose doors are frozen shut but squeeze through every faraway speaker, airpod or car radio it can reach.

The Jeopardy is an exhibition adapted for radio by 16 members of the Laumi Hat collective.

The Laumi Hat is a collective of artists that have all taken part in Laumulistasamsteypan's summer camps in Hrísey since 2014.

Participants are: Arna María Kristjánsdóttir, Jesse Rivers, Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, Sjoerd van Leeuwen, Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir, Una Björg Magnúsdóttir, Minne Kersten, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Sara Björg Bjarnadóttir, Árni Jónsson, Natasha Taylor, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Annahita and Marjan Asgari, Veigar Ölnir Gunnarsson and Olga Elliot, Sjuul Joosen and Saule Noreikaite.


Aired on 26-04-2020.

Susan, bites and videotapes II

Night-time healer makes an appearance during a performance-reading-screening at Susan Bites in The Hague on February 23. Thanks Bob Demper for the photo.

Can you hear The Hum tonight? performance for Art's Birthday 2020 at Kaunas Artists House

Photo by Ernestas Lylaus and Gerda Zemaityte

The guiding leg of Lego Flamb in the neighboorhoud pool.

Recording from Palanga Street Radio's live broadcast:

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Motto's journey presented by Palanga Street Radio

On Sunday, January 5th at 4pm, Lithuanian community radio Palanga Street Radio will air the first episode of Motto's journey.

Motto's journey explores the storytelling agency of song and vocal polyphony, a mixtape-as-research supplement of my ongoing research. The show gathers medieval music, chants, folk-songs and contemporary moments where narrative is told musically and music is expressed in a storytelling fashion.

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Live at Antenne, November 19th

Had the pleasure of performing at my favourite bedroom-venue in Rotterdam, sharing the night with the great Sarah Louise. Thanks for having me x. Pic from Frederic Van de Velde.

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RELEASE: Stonecarver's dilemma (a shortcut)

Music from Stonecarver's Dilemma is now available as a limited edition cassette released by Rotterdam-based venue and label Antenne! Order and listen to it here

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Chapelle Sessions at That Might Be Right, Brussels

I had the pleasure of presenting The Motto's Journey and the music compilation I've been working on. I'ts a mixtape-as-research work, and for this presentation I picked chants, vocal works and performed an original song with the Monophonic Ocarina and a synthesier. Thanks for having me x

photos by Paoletta Holst

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Kloppen A.U.B. bel is kapot at PuntWG, Amsterdam

It's just after harvest time, the autumn of 1519. Or 2019. It's the aftermath of... of what? Strange things are happening in the village. Rumours of plague. Just ask at the tavern: there's something a little odd about this year's crop, the baker has gone mad, and the brewer is working overtime. Something around here smells a little off...

You, the itinerant artist, have just arrived to fulfill your commission at the abbey. But to complete your work, you must navigate village life, and find out what's eating this town before it gets you too. The bel is kapot, you have to knock to get in. This is an exhibition in the form of a riddle, or a riddle in the form of an exhibition, set in a space and time very much like our own.

KLOPPEN AUB, BEL IS KAPOT is a collaborative project by Ash Kilmartin and Bergur Thomas Anderson, with appearances by fellow townspeople Lisa Kuglitsch, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Hrafnhildur Sigurðardóttir, Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir and Arbeiter.

Installation view; The Baker, The Broken Bell Tavern, The Hermit (above), Tavern, Market & Abbey gable stones and Barbara, the Baker's Wife *

The Monophonic Ocarina *

Maud the Brewer (detail) *

The Abbey Gift Shop ~

The Hermit *

The Famous Rottbridge Rye Windows ~

Maud the Brewer, Barbara the Baker's wife and The market square *

The Beekeeper/Alchemist, The Baker and The Broken Bell Tavern *

The Broken Bell Tavern (detail) ~

* photo by Vera Mennens
~ photo by Ilya Rabinovich

During the opening, the Klopper choir performed Carving my visions, a song that depicts the moment of the Stonecarver's initial dilemma; between saving the town from total destruction or sliding inconspicuously out the door and heading for the next town, hoping for another commission.

Singers: Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir, Bergur Thomas Anderson & Ash Kilmartin.
Video shot by Timna Tomiša.

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First release from Operating manual for floating in space

Listen here to the first release from the Operating Manual for Floating in Space soundtrack Submerge. This sequence is part of the full soundtrack that was recorded live on the moon last September and is set to be released in 2020.

Project by Mylan Hoezen
Performed by Ratri Notosudirdjo, Lili Ullrich, Noƫlle Lakshmi, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Alex Chater
Lead vocals by Lili Ullrich
Mixed by Bergur Thomas Anderson
Mastered by Albert Finnbogason

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Stonecarver's Dilemma (Episode 3) at PuntWG Amsterdam

During the opening of our collaborative exhibition KLOPPEN A.U.B. BEL IS KAPOT at project space PuntWG in Amsterdam, Ash Kilmartin and I performed the third episode of the Stonecarver's Dilemma for an energetic group of people. We actually managed to save the town of Rottbridge this time! More photos of the exhibition to come x, these pics were taken by the lovely Vera Mennens.

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Operating manual for floating in space at Roodkapje, Rotterdam.

Pictures from Mylan Hoezen's performance, Operating manual for floating in space, which I made music for and performed in on September 6. Mylan, Alex Chater, Lili Ullrich, Lakshmi van der Wart and Ratri Notosudirdjo, thanks for a great experience. Photos by Lisa Jasperina Bommerson.

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Stonecarver's Dilemma (Episode 2) at Mengi, Reykjavík

Ash Kilmartin and I performed the second episode of the Stonecarver's Dilemma in Mengi, Reykjavík on the August 31. Pic by Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir.

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Anomia 4 at Kling&Bang

Gunnar Gunnsteinsson and I had a great time showing these lovely video works at Kling&Bang in Reykjavík on August 29.

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Songs from the young earth by Berghaim premiered through art-radio platform Dr. Klangendum.

Listen here to Berghaim's Songs from the young earth, a special broadcast made by Dr. Klangendum for Concertzender.

Written, performed, recorded & mixed by Bergur Thomas Anderson.
Recorded at WORM sound studios & various locations in Rotterdam, Amsterdam & Reykjavík.
Additional voices performed by Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Gunnar Örn Egilsson, Sara Hamadeh, Alexander Iezzi & Cristiana Vignatelli Bruni.
Mastered by Lukas Simonis.

Special thanks to WORM, Lukas, Albert, Ásthildur & Wesley.

Image: Berghaim's first appearance in a video made in collaboration with Catoo Kemperman and Simon Becks.

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The one and only body of The Hum and Lego Flamb at project space Harbinger in Reykjavík.

Photos by Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir

Bushes are shaking. A hum is heard from a distance. A foot taps a gentle beat. A voice enters and sings a familiar melody. "The one and only body of The Hum & Lego Flamb" is an exhibition that brings characters who live in Bergur's practice to Harbinger project space. Ill-defined and sneaky personas have been on his mind during his ongoing research into the dynamics of visibility and the shapeshifting agency of the contemporary performing body. Their presence is communicated here through the usage of voice, storytelling, music, images and material traces.

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Berghaim at Herman, Rotterdam on the 18th of May

Told stories from the world of Berghaim, his duck friends and the Hermit's friend for this intimate setting at Herman. Photos by Koos Siep, thanks!

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Anomia 3
at Worm, Rotterdam

The program of Anomia 3, which was hosted by Worm, Rotterdam on Thursday, April 25.

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I need a rhythm at project space at7, Amsterdam.

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

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Stonecarver's dilemma at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

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.

Full documentation (35 minutes)

Camera: Jake Caleb & Daphne Simons

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Anomia 2

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.

event details

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Berghaim at Klooster Oude Noorden

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.

event details

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

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Performance at Galerie Lecq, Rotterdam

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.

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To that special someone, a group show at project space at7

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.

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Berghaim at Mengi

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

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Too close to the ghost at RAAR

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.


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After Sun at project space at7

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.

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

Image credit: Stock photo

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Too close to the ghost at 4bid, Amsterdam

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:

Image credit: Abbott Thayer

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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

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Kunsthalle for music at Witte de With, Rotterdam

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

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Screening of The Hardest Acting Challenge I Have Ever Faced

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.

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Improvisation for painting, a performance by Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir

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

Laumulistasamsteypan's Karaoke Bar

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

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What am I doing with my life?, a performance by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson.

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

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