Kobalt Works

David Bergé

David Bergé practices photography in a non-recording and almost immaterial way. His work is concerned with the physicality of urban space, built environment and changing territories, as well as with the notion of how it is to survive as a body in a city today.

Accordingly, his practice brings forward a variety of non-object oriented formats such as silent Walk Pieces, durational photo installations and slideshows.

It has since 2005 been an attempt to make visible and tangible movement. The movement of bodies in a Walk Piece going through the urban fabric in silence, the movement of re­‐travelling Le Corbusier’s 1911 Voyage d’Orient and now, most recently in his current project wearing space, the movement or displacement of artists, architects and artifacts refuging.

His work has been presented at various international art centers including CAC, Vilnius (2015); NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst (2012, 2015); SALT, Istanbul (2011); Maison Particulière, Brussels (2014), Goethe Institution New Delhi (2011); The Body Arts Laboratory Gallery, Tokyo (2012); TanzQuartier Wien, Vienna (2010); Kunsthaus Muerz, Muerzzuschlag, (2012); and Extra-City kunsthal, Antwerp (2015).  

Bergé has also collaborated with a range of artists and curators across many projects that have been produced for festivals and site-specific venues such as the Artefact festival at STUK arts center, Leuven (2013); MoMA, New York (2013); KCB, Belgrade (2013) and Kaaitheater, Brussels (2009).

He has been invited to artist residence programs around the world, such as the Cape Cod Modern House Trust in Wellfleet, USA; The Ars Aevi collection in Sarajevo; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin; the BOZAR in Brussels and the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France.

Since 2009, Bergé has been teaching as well as speaking about his work at a number of different institutions, including Srishti school of art, design and technology in Bangalore; Apass post master program in Brussels; Ghent University in Belgium; the University of the Arts, Berlin; K3-Zentrum für Choreographie, Hamburg, and many others.

David Bergé currently lives in Brussels where his work has received support from the Flemish Authorities, the Vlaamse GemeenschapsCommissie; NETWERK center for contemporary art and Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek. While studying at the nomadic master program the Dutch Art Institute, his work is currently being produced by the artist-driven production Platform 0090 (Istanbul/Antwerp).