In mechanical perfection, Jan Bernstein’s kinetic artworks silently perform their day’s work: taking aim at themselves, blurring their own message consistently, travelling to another place within the duration of a minute or scratching a fine line in themselves. In a meditative fashion, they pursue their task and, in their cold, sensitive perfection, appear to be remote from the fallibility of human manners of functioning. This emerging distance is bypassed by Bernstein with an access to the technical assignment of each object, as the beholder is able to comprehend the idea a piece follows. Its movement and the subsequent alteration implies a contentual dynamic, which tells about a fragile balance between destruction and creation.
untitled, 2016, roll of paper, engine, steel, ball bearing, wire, 300 x 30 x 150 cm
digitalism is dead intern 42 x 84, 2017, Flip dot panel, engine, magnets, aluminium, PU belt, 56 x 28 x 7 cm
Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik no.1 and no. 2, 2016, engines, sensors, aluminium, steel, string, MDF, target (paper)
Es ist alles nur Wandel, 2016, sandstone, basalt, aluminium, steel, brass,engine, wire 115 x 38 x 15 cm
Destroy Line, 2016, hardened steel, aluminium, steel, toothed belt, engine, wire, ball bearing, 100 x 20 x 12 cm
2010: Hamburg: special recognition Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award 2010/ DE
2008: Schirn-Kunsthalle: group exhibition, Frankfurt: Frankfurter/ DE 2009: Vienna Paraflows 09: group exhibition/ AUT The Modern Art Museum Santralistanbul: group exhibition/ TUR 2010: Salzburg: subnet: artist in residence/ AUS Schmiede10: performance, Hallein/ AUS Art of Engineering, Deutschen Technikmuseum: group exhibition/ DE Halle an der Saale: UFO Galerie: group exhibition/ DE 2011: Stuttgart: Akademie Schloss Solitude: group exhibition/ DE Hallein: at Schmiede11: work and playground/ DE Halle an der Saale: Die schöne Stadt gallery: group exhibition/ DE Mesum Teresa, Electrovisiones: group exhibition, Mexico City/ MEX Leipzig: Essential Existence Gallery: solo exhibition/ DE Milano: Salone de Mobile: design fair/ ITA Vienna: at sound:frame festival 2011: performance/ AUS Stuttgart: blickfang: design fair/ DE Köln: imm cologne: design fair/ DE 2012: Engen: Städtische Galerie Engen: solo exhibition/ DE Berlin: Kunsthalle Platoon: group exhibition/ DE 2013: Troy, Upstate New York: EMPAC [Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center]: performance with Wojtek Ziemilski/ US Warsaw: Palace of Culture and Science: theater performance with Wojtek Ziemilski/ POL 2014: ADAEX 04 – Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition: group exhibition/ IRN Halle an der Saale: Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt: group exhibition/ DE 2015: Bergen: PIKSEL 15: group exhibition/ NO Vienna: Paraflows X – Festival für Digitale Kunst und Kulturen: group exhibition/ AUS Linz: Ars Electronica Festival, CyberArts Exhibition 2015: group exhibition/ AUS Tehran: TADAEX 05 – Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition: group exhibition/ IRN Bogota: ARTTEC Festival: group exhibition/ COL Pforzheim: Wahrnehmung, Laf e.V.: group exhibition/ DE Frankfurt: The Informed Body at NODE 15: group exhibition/ DE