A Tale Of A Tub

Event Onsite 7 September 2019 from 18:00 to 3 November 2019 18:00

The Water Party | David Bernstein

An exhibition by David Bernstein

With guest works by: Ineke van der Burg, Liu Chao-tze, Rosa Sijben, Marco Lampis, Self Luminous Society, and 900 Stig featuring Indridi.

Introduction
The exhibition The Water Party by David Bernstein (1988, San Antonio, Texas) takes the artist’s eponymous text published in Metropolis M as a starting point to imagine the presentation of a fictional political party that propagandizes the social, spiritual and philosophical value of water to our society. A Tale of a Tub is transformed back into its historical function of acommunal public bath house and meeting place. This aspect is of great importance to Bernstein, whose work is about meeting with people and sharing ideas. His installations usually possess a performative character, whereby the audience is the viewer, listener and participant at the same time.

On the ground floor he has installed a big wooden hot tub where visitors are invited to bathe and melt, soaking knowledge together, returning to the warmth of the womb. The tub not only refers to the Japanese ofuro (soaking tub) and Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath), but it also carries a deep connection with his mother and grandmother who share a love of baths. Along with this embodied practice, artworks are presented which promote the fluid ideals of The Water Party such as: matriarchy, collaboration, divine holding, sharing pain as a form of resilience, and soul-flooding (instead of brainstorming).

Many of the pieces presented come from collaborations or from friends as he sees the act of invitation as an extension of his individual practice. Some works are presented on top of other works and some join a collection taking on a new temporary title and role. This expresses his belief in the flexibility of objects and meaning. In this sense, water is taken as a metaphorical starting point, an intuitive process for finding relationships between things. At it’s core, The Water Party asks you to believe in the other, the unknown, and the things we don’t completely understand. When leaving the exhibition, one might find themselves humming a katschy (kitschy catchy) song from the seventies, (They Long to Be) Close to You, by the Carpenters. This is chosen as the party’s anthem because being together intimately, compassionately, and spiritually is their main message.

Program
Every other Sunday afternoon a listening session is
organized where visitors can bathe and listen to audio
and aural experiences selected by special guest hosts.

Session #1
Sunday 22 Sep. 2019, 4pm
With Myriam Lefkowitz, listening to and enacting
her Heart Practice – a meeting through touch.

Session #2
Sunday 6 Oct. 2019, 6pm
With Liu Chao-tze, listening / singing karaoke while
eating a running water dinner.

Session #3
Sunday 20 Oct. 2019, 4pm
With Viktorija Rybakova, listening to her work
Skinship.

Session #4
Sunday 3 Nov. 2019, 4pm
With Paoletta Holst, listening to audio fragments
collected in Indonesia about the historical water
bottling factory, Hygeia, and the colonialist figure
behind it.

If you would like to attend one or more events please RSVP to: Info@a-Tub.org

Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits and towels!

Even if it's not true it's well found / 2018-19 / Glass, Sugru, Cork, Water of Life. Description: The water of life in this bottle was given to me by Paoletta Holst who is visiting Indonesia to research H. F. Tiellema, a Dutch colonialist who created the first bottled water factory in Semarang.