Bernhard Garnicnig

*1983, lives and works in Basel and Bregenz

Bernhard Garnicnig is a research artist, lecturer and Ph.D. candidate. He studied Art, Media and Performative Sculpture in Vienna and Rotterdam. His current work focuses on the digital occupation of institutionality as artistic practice, conceptual narrations of emancipatory institutional and corporate surfaces for structures of aesthetic collaboration, and earnest attempts at making paradoxical things work in time and space to see what happens.

He is the founding co-editor of, a collectively edited journal for thinking through media (est. 2011), founder & former Very Artistic Director of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien, a historic site for futuristic art (est. 2014), the co-founder of the Bregenz Biennale, a festival for ephemeral public art in the town he was born (est. 2012) and the co-founder and Director of Supergood, a consulting brand in the ambiguous field between product and performance (est. 2015). He lectures “New Media Art” at the Art & Education Department at the University of Art and Design Linz, is a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and  research artist for “Institutions as a Way of Life” at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures at HGK Basel (SNF 2017–2021) as well as a member of the board of directors at Künstlerhaus Thurn & Taxis, Berufsvereinigung Bildender Künstler_innen Vorarlberg (BV:BKV) in Bregenz.

He participated in and convened exhibitions, lectures, workshops and residencies internationally, most recently Supergood – Diálogos com Ernesto de Sousa at MAAT Lisboa, The Unified Field Residency Ayoke, Philippines; Resilience Residency Serrinha do Alambari, Brazil; continent. at Technosphere 1948 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; #vaporfolk at Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz; My Holy Nacho at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Free Better You at One Work Gallery, Vienna and The Open Scenarios for Non-Trivial Pursuits for Coded Cultures Festival Vienna.


2005 – 2011 University for Applied Arts Vienna, (MFA equiv.) with Honours in Digital Arts

(Prof. Peter Weibel, Prof. Tom Fürstner, Prof. Ruth Schnell, Nicolaj Kirisits)

2009 – 2010 Visiting Student, networked_media, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam

2008 – 2009 Art and Digital Media, Prof. Constanze Ruhm, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Performative Art and Sculpture, Prof. Monica Bonvicini, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Selected Exhibitions & Projects


MHYTNIX. Pixel, Bytes & Film ORFIII Artist in Residence.

Visiting Scholar, The New School, New York City


My Holy Nacho at FMR 2019, Linz 

Digital Art Festival, Sofia

10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, Zürich

Mythos Idylle Maisäß, Vorarlberg Museum

continent. publishing collective at Forms of Life, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

continent. FRIEND / SHIPS, Centre culturel suisse, Paris

SANS ORDINATEUR, Postdigital Research Group, Ecole normale supérieure Paris


sonic objections #2 at Bildraum Bregenz – with Bella Angora, Angélica Castelló, Faxen, Bernhard Garnicnig, Ulrike Königshofer, Albert Mayr, Ulla Rauter, Strotter Inst., Benjamin Tomasi, Mario de Vega und Thomas Wagensommerer. Curated by Alexandra Grausam & Karl Salzmann.

continent. reproducing at L'Automàtica, Barcelona

151 Allmendstrasse, initiated by Ann-Kathrin Eickhoff and Lucie Kolb, Zürich

continent. Body of Us, Swiss Pavillion at London Design Biennale

FAD, Mitgliederausstellung Künstlerhaus Bregenz

Supergood – Diálogos com Ernesto de Sousa at MAAT Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia Lisbon – with Melanie Bonajo, Rita Sobral Campos, Vasco Costa, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Jannis Varelas, Supergood com Ernesto de Sousa. Curated by Hugo Canoilas.


continent. publishing collective at Technosphere 1948, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

continent. Radio Brouhaha for the Publishing Sphere conference at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Invited by Lionel Ruffell

Secret Island Archive, Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence, Philippines

Palais des Beaux Arts: Ideas worth spreading again” Pixel, Bytes & Film. ORFIII, Arte Creative, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In cooperation with Fabian Faltin.

#vaporfolk” Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz – Lona Gaikis, Peter Moosgaard, Zsófia Keresztes, Angus McCullough, Andreas Ervik

Resilience Residence, Serrinha do Alambari, Brazil.

continent. First Encounters in the Technosphere. Public Making of the Technosphere x Knowledge at Haus der Kulturen der Welt at Freies Theater Innsbruck.

WINDOWS, Computer + Software, Basel. Commissioned Group Exhibition – Aram Bartholl, Benoît Verjat, Bernhard Garnicnig, Ciara Phillips, Constant Dullaart, Evan Roth, Geraldine Juárez, Ishac Bertran, Jamie Allen, Jan Robert Leegte, Moritz Greiner-Petter, Peter Moosgaard, Phillip Stearns, Pussykrew, Rosa Menkman, Sebastian Schmieg, Suzanne Treister, Windows93



Performance: Premierentage Innsbruck, with Supergood & Medien.Kunst.Tirol at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen

Installation & Publication: continent. at the Atlanta Biennial, Atlanta Contemporary

Curated Exhibition: Bregenz Biennale 2016 – Jamie Allen, Albert Allgaier, Simone Borghi, Sean J Patrick Carney, Martin Chramosta, Claude Closky, Constant Dullaart, Fabian Faltin, Karin Ferrari, Alec Finlay, Peter Fritzenwallner, Michele Gabriele, Bernhard Garnicnig, Thomas Geiger, Katharina Höglinger, Barbara Anna Husar, Lisa Kainz, Lital Khaikin, Rick Lins, Romain Mader, Maria Maeser, Fernando Mesquita, Marco Rios, Lina Rukevičiūtė & Lina Zaveckytė, Driton Selmani, Lena Sieder-Semlitsch, Benjamin Tomasi, GRUPPE UNO WIEN, Noburo Watanabe, Seth Weiner and Arnaud Wohlhauser declare the sunset on the 14.08.2016 as a work of art

Performance & Exhibition Contribution: Palais des Beaux Arts at L’Exposition Imaginaire, Kunsthalle Wien

Interview & Publication: continent. at the “Technosphere, Now” Campus at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Exhibition & Performance: SECTIONING MY HOLY NACHO – With Jamie Allen, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen


Group Exhibition: APPENDIX – With Eva Egermann, Karine Fauchard, Benjamin Grodin, Ludwig Kittinger, Bernd Kräftner, Christoph Meier Martyn Reynolds, Hans Schabus et al. Curated by Phelim McConigly – Atanas Petrov Foundation, Pleven, Bulgaria

Curated Exhibition: #vaporfolk #hollyvoodoo. Sponsored by Amazon Readymades. – With Zsófia Keresztes, Angus McCullough, Alexandra Hackett (A.L.C.H.), Andreas Ervik, Stephanie Syjuco, Michele Gabriele, Pau Sampera, Peter Moosgaard  – Lust Gallery, Wien

Group Exhibition: THE FLOATING TRANSPARENT EYEBALL – With Salvatore Viviano, Alfred Lenz, Lukas Heistinger – 
Curated by Max Lust,
Donaufestival Krems

Performance & Exhibition Contribution: SOCIAL GLITCH – With Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Harun Farocki, Thomas Feuerstein, Ayesha Hameed, Mathias Kessler, Mark Lombardi, Jennifer Mattes, Godofredo Pereira, Axel Stockburger, Technopolitics, UBERMORGEN.COM, et al. – Curated by Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thomann – Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Wien

Group Exhibition: NEUE MITGLIEDER – Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz

Group Exhibition: UNSAFE+SOUNDS – With Karin Ferrari, Hyo Lee, Magda Tothova – Bar du Bois, Wien

Group Exhibition: ONE WORK GALLERY – Vienna Contemporary Artfair

Artwork Commission: Order My Holy Nacho – With Jamie Allen, Kunsthal Aarhus

Performance & Publication, Media Production: UNBOXING MY HOLY NACHO – Kunsthal Aarhus

Performance & Project Space: SUPERGOOD – Temporary project space focusing on the reflection of health, food and self-optimisation related practices of life with daily interdisciplinary, performance and educational program. With Lukas Heistinger, Wien


Solo Exhibition: RE: FWD: 6 Bagatellen – Science Friction, Copenhagen

Solo Exhibition: METADADA – Lust Gallery, Wien

Group Exhibition: 2 REAL, Parallel Art Fair Vienna

Group Exhibition: 2 REAL, Dimensions Variable, m:oe Wien

Group Exhibition: 2 REAL, Art Review Live presents <dienstag abend>, Expo Chicago

Curated Exhibition: BREGENZ/BIENNALE/2014 – With Maria Anwander, Ruben Aubrecht, Paul Mittler, Swetlana Heger, Philipp Preuss, Hubert Matt, Alexander Fuchs, Tim Hartmann, Kurt Matt, Richard Prinz, Mathias Garnitschnig, Alexander Kramer, Rainer Ganahl, Philipp Leissing, Commendatore Himi Burmeister, Lisi Hämmerle.

Solo Exhibition: 2 REAL, MEMPHIS, Linz

Group Exhibition: Imaginary Apps at REMIXED Media Festival, New York City, 2014

Group Exhibition: ART HACK DAY, Transmediale Festival, Haus der Kulturen Berlin

Curated Exhibition: ANONYMOUS & OTHERS – With TRAUMAWIEN & Mimi Cabell,  Jason Huff, Ulrich Nausner, Peter Fritzenwallner, Constant Dullaart, Christopher Richmond, Emilie Gervais. Nomadenetappe, Linz


Group Exhibition: REVIEW 2013. Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz

Group Exhibition: "Wanderer vom Rande des Raumes" Ein Experiment. Mit  Beni Bischof (CH), Eugen Fulterer (A), Florian Graf (CH), Anna Hilti (LI), Karin Ospelt (LI). 15.11.2013 - 15.12.2013 Galerie Hollenstein, Lustenau

Group Exhibition: PARALLEL VIENNA, 9.-13.10.2013

Group Exhibition: Imaginary Apps. Organised by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky and Svitlana Matviyenko. “Museum | London” (Ontario, Canada), September 28 – October 20, 2013

Group Exhibition: The Abortion of Tragedy. With Markus Proschek, Angelika Loderer, Peter Fritzenwallner, Kay Walkowiak. Curated by Max Lust. SHOW ROOM, New York City

Group Exhibition: Mediterranea 16 – Ancona, Italy

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: The Intransigent Ticket – The Artist as a Filter, California State University Los Angeles

Solo Exhibition: Goodbye Moyka – With Jamie Allen, Moscow Museum, Russia

Solo Exhibition: Galerie Lisi Hämmerle at Viennafair Booth c15

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Black Hole / White Cube – Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz


Solo Exhibition: Abstraktion/Rekreation – SSZ Sued, Köln

Solo Exhibition: Abstraktion/Rekreation – Hosted in Athens

Solo Exhibition: Das Jagdberg-Südhang Direttissima – 12c Schnifis

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: The Inside Joke (tl;dr haha) – AfG, Wien

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Realities and Togetherness, 0gms Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria

Group Exhibition: MULTIPLE CHOICE III – Hoehe und Breite, Wien

Group Exhibition: Re: Fwd: ANEIGNUNG II – Fotogalerie Wien

Group Exhibition: MULTIMART – Viennafair

Performance: Soundwwwalks – Experimenta Biennale of Media Art, Melbourne

Performance: Soundwwwalks – Code of Contingency, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn NY

Performance & Workshop: Soundwwwalks – NIMK, Amsterdam

Group Exhibition: Current Nets – Berliner Büro der E-Plus Gruppe, Berlin


Solo Exhibition: "K ≠ (S + R + B)^30 x [P^n – A^x]^RIF", Curated by Georg Russegger – Glockengasse 9, Wien

Solo Exhibition: RE: FWD: White Out / GLISZ –  Artachment, Basel

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Das Ubiquitous Événement – Projekt LOVE, Wien

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Die Autopoietic Ein-Bæhn – Das Weisse Haus, Wien

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Leise Kriselt der S… – Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Von Robotern die Bilder bauen – Vienna Art Week

Performance: Soundwwwalks at If Not Now – Royal College of Art, London

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Metamart – Vienna Art Week, Künstlerhaus Wien

Group Exhibition: Appeal to Probability – Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam

Solo Exhibition: RE: FWD: Ono Mato, Po esis (mit Benjamin Tomasi) – Magazin/Coded Cultures, Wien

Solo Exhibition: RE: FWD: Imitation of Action – Latned Atsär, Los Angeles

Group Exhibition: The Essence – MAK, Wien

Group Exhibition: Stimuli, Curated by Max Lust – Stilwerk Shop 21, Nouvel Tower, Wien

Curated Exhibition: Mutual Agreement –  Lust Gallery, Wien

Group Exhibition: Diplomausstellung – Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien


Solo Exhibition: RE: FWD: "Ast fällt auf Tonspur" – Magazin, Wien

Group Exhibition: Kollateral, Curated by Giulia Tamiazzo – Monat der Fotografie, Wien

Group Exhibition: Unlimited Liability Shop by Michel Chevallier – Hamburg

Group Exhibition: LIVE/LEAVE – Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam

Group Exhibition: DONE TO A DEAD END and the DEAD OR ALIVE SALE  – SD&G, Rotterdam


Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Das Problème Escapist – POW, Hamburg

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Der Index Général – c17, Wien

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: an other ex position – c17, Wien

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Das Cologné Concert – Raum 25 C, Köln

Solo Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: Das Mysterieux Project – c17, Wien

Group Exhibition: Seven Positions – Carbon 12 Dubai

Group Exhibition: Zauberhafte Klangmaschinen – Kulturfabrik Hainburg

Group Exhibition: c17/Logement – Antwerpen

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: GIF SHOW – detroit, Stockholm

Group Exhibition: Rundgang – Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien


Group Exhibition: Sneak Preview – Carbon 12 Dubai

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: ARTmART – Künstlerhaus, Wien

Group Exhibition: The Trojan Horses, Wien

Group Exhibition: Albért Bernàrd: le marquis de remondiere, T-shArt Fashion Show, Fundación Bilbao Arte

Group Exhibition: Muzeum Ksiazki Artystycznej, Lodz, Poland

Group Exhibition: c17/BBKL Labor, Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz


Group Exhibition: (mis)used media – Klasse Digitale Kunst Wien


Group Exhibition: Die Enzyklopädie der wahren Werte – Künstlerhaus, Wien

Extra-disciplinary practice

2016 Bregenz Biennale 2016 (Co-Founder and Curator). With Jamie Allen, Simone Borghi, Sean J Patrick Carney, Martin Chramosta, Claude Closky, Constant Dullaart, Fabian Faltin, Karin Ferrari, Alec Finlay, Peter Fritzenwallner, Michele Gabriele, Thomas Geiger, Katharina Höglinger, Barbara Anna Husar, Lisa Kainz, Lital Khaikin, Rick Lins, Romain Mader, Maria Maeser, Fernando Mesquita, Marco Rios, Lina Rukevičiūtė & Lina Zaveckytė, Driton Selmani, Lena Sieder-Semlitsch, Benjamin Tomasi, Gruppe Uno Wien, Noburo Watanabe, Seth Weiner, Arnaud Wohlhauser.


2016 Open Scenarios for Non-Trivial Pursuits: A three day workshop program at the intersection of Pedagogy and Performance. Curated for continent. and Coded Cultures Festival, The University in Ruins. With Julia Hölzl, Fabian Faltin, Seth Weiner, Karin Ferrari, Peter Moosgaard, Jamie Allen.  

2011 – ongoing

Co-founder of continent., a collectively edited journal for thinking through media. We published 20+ issues and convened events and workshops at various partner institutions and sites, like the Technosphere 2015–2018 Project, Publishing Sphere (both Haus der Kulturen der Welt), University  of Basel, documenta14 Athens A-Letheia Project, Coded Cultures Festival Wien, Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Index Foundation.

2014 – ongoing

Founder and Very Artistic Director of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien, a wireless conceptual art space and digital art commissioning programme. With Joe Hamilton, Museum of Internet, Pussykrew, Jamie Allen, Rosemary Lee, Fabian Faltin, Karin Ferrari, Peter Moosgaard, Seth Weiner. Commissioned writings by Jamie Allen, Maren Mayer-Schwieger, Fabian Faltin, Eva Maria Mandl, Erik Born.


2014 bregenz/biennale/2014 (Co-Founder and Curator)

with Rainer Ganahl, Philipp Leissing, Maria Anwander, Ruben Aubrecht, Philipp Preuss, Svetlana Heger, Alexander Fuchs, Mathias Garnitschnig, Tim Hartmann.

2014 Making Places – A imaginary map of historic artist run institutions. Commissioned by the Arts Program at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen


2014 on_offspaces - a series of exhibitions and a publication mapping an informal history of artist run spaces in Vienna (Archiv für Gegenwart, Wien)

2014 Anonymous & Others - with Constant Dullaart, TRAUMAWIEN, Peter Fritzenwallner and Emilie Gervais (Nomadenetappe, Linz)

2012 bregenzbiennale (Co-Founder and Curator)
with Markus Proschek, Salvatore Viviano, Andrea Lüth, Peter Fritzenwallner, Maria Anwander und Ruben Aubrecht, Philip Hanich, Paul Landa, Albért Bernàrd. Project development grant by Austrian Federal Chancellery and Regional Government.

2009 – 2013 SOUNDWWWALKS

Commissioned artists to create works for this browser based sound performance format. Performances and lectures at Experimenta Int. Biennial of Media Art , Melbourne Australia; Code Of Contingency, 319 Scholes Brooklyn NY; NIMK, Amsterdam; iMAL Brussels; WORM Rotterdam; Laboratoria, Moscow; Science Friction, Copenhagen; ISEA2011 Istanbul –

05 2012 One is the loneliest number (Google confirms), Kunstraum Glockengasse 9 Wien

with Albért Bernàrd, Claude Closky, Hennessy Youngman, Jesus Papichulo and Salvatore Viviano

05 2009 Sound/Time/Space – c17, Wien

with Mamoru Ukonu, Valerie Lange / Benjamin Tomasi, Daniel Lercher, Peter Kutin, Nicolaj Kirisits, Michael Fischer, Tim Blechmann und Albért Bernàrd

01 2009 The machine becomes the idea that makes the art  – c17, Wien

with Florian Waldner, Marketta Seppälä, Gordan Savicic,, Peter Moosgaard, Guthrie Lonergan, Franck Lays, Gottfried Haider, Luc Gross, Bernhard Garnicnig, Albért Bernàrd

Grants and Residencies

06 2018 Mythos Idylle Maisäß, Gargellen, Montafon, Austria

08 2017 UNIFIEDFIELD Nomadic Artist in Residence, Davao/Ayoke, Philippines

02 2017 Resilience Artist in Residence, Serrinha do Alambari, Brazil

10 2016 Visiting Artistic Researcher, Critical Media Lab, School for Design and Art Basel

08 2016 IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies, IFK_Akademie 2016

09 2015 BilbaoArte Artist in Residence Stipendium, Vorarlberger Landesregierung

05 2015 Acquisition to Collection of the Austrian Federal Chancellery (BKA)

05 2014 Artist in Transit – Research and production of 2 Real, Brasilia, Funded by BKA and Land Vorarlberg

02 2014 Berlin Artist in Residence Stipendium, Vorarlberger Landesregierung

09 2012 Christiania Researcher in Residence, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark

08 2012 Triptych Tripping – Lust Gallery New York, Los Angeles, Wien

06 2012 Startstipendium Medienkunst, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK)

05 2012 Acquisition to Collection of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK)

03 2010 Artist in Resident Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Great Britain

Presentations and Education in Media Art Research

06 2013 Net Acoustics Workshop with Jamie Allen – STRELKA Moscow

04 2012 Sound Research Summit, Eyebeam New York City

03 2012 Net Acoustics Workshop with Jamie Allen – STEIM Amsterdam

11 2011 Soundwwwalks at If Not Now – Royal College of Art, London

09 2011 Conference Panel Chair: Soundwwwalks – ISEA2011 Istanbul

06 2011 Net Acoustics Workshop with Jamie Allen  – Mullae Art Space, Seoul

10 2010 Public Interfacial Gesture Salon II mit Ubermorgen, Constant Dullaart, Monochrom – MQ Wien

09 2010 Public Interfacial Gesture Salon with Constant Dullaart, Jon Rafman, Artie Vierkant – Berlin

08 2010 “Craving” (mit Gottfried Haider) – ISEA2010 Ruhr

05 2009 “Craving” (mit Gottfried Haider)  – Coded Cultures, Wien

05 2008 “Craving” (mit Gottfried Haider) – 5th Mobile Music Workshop, Wien

05 2007 “Craving” (mit Gottfried Haider) – 4th Mobile Music Workshop, STEIM Amsterdam