Brzeski, Samuel

language / text / voice / new media / performance

Artist statement

-- Åpent atelier lør 21. sept 2024, kl 12-17 --

I work with language as raw material—through text, the voice or otherwise performed. Within these mediums, I explore how digital culture has reprogrammed our relationship to language, particularly in relation to emotion. This involves looking at language's relation to forms of feeling and meaning, investigations into different modes and acts of reading, hierarchies of control and manipulation, and the formation of certain subjectivities within online communication.

I do this by moulding, stretching and transforming physical texts on screen, on the page and within speech sound. This can be in a plastic sense, seen in shifting and disintegrating video installations that treat text as image, or sonically, where the very fabric of linguistic meaning is tried and tested through vocal repetition and semantic destruction. In these forms, I highlight the malleable and unstable essence of language: a social medium that is in a constant state of redefinition by its users.

In an attempt to tap into an affectual mode that foregrounds feeling, I give rhythm and vibration primacy over semantics. I find that the resultant works seem to make more sound than sense. At the heart of this is a playful and performative use of voice; voice as carrier of rhythm, of vibration, of emotion; voice as the centre of the human self-experience of presence. In sound installations, performances and texts I try to capture this relation between sound and sense, between voice and writing.

USF Verftet, Georgernes Verft 12
5011 Bergen




2025 (upcoming) Kunsthall 3,14, Bergen, NO
2025 (upcoming) Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, AT
2023 The burly word catches the erm, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2023 Push on. Shuffle up. Hang tough. Bærum Kunsthall, Oslo, NO
2022 Blake fruid, bb15 Space for Contemporary Art, Linz, AT
2022 Just be glad it’s not you, Østre, Bergen, NO
2022 Performance anxiety, Babel Visningrom (as part of Meta.morf Biennial), Trondheim, NO
2022 Polar inertia, Galleri BOX, Gothenburg, SE
2021 into wanderer lonely, Studio 17, Stavanger, NO
2021 Spirit of the depths, Galleri KRAFT, Bergen, NO
2021 Death Rattle, collab with Kim Hankyul, USF Visningsrommet, Bergen, NO
2020 Time Crisis Conference, collab with Robin Everett, Isotop, Bergen, NO
2019 Great socks, bad vibes, collab with Laurie Lax, Rom 61, Bergen, NO
2018 Words which touch each other in strange places, collab with Laurie Lax, Joy Forum, Bergen, NO
2018 The density of bone in my brow, Galleri Kronborg, Bergen, NO
2018 Within our own skins, Rom 8, Bergen, NO
2017 Wait, Galerie 207, Prague, CZ
2017 Walking Hitting Dragging Singing Walking Holding, Galleri Fisk, Bergen, NO


2024 Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2024 Jubilieum, USF Visningsrom, Bergen, NO
2023 NADA Miami, Bas Fisher Invitational/ Hordaland Kunstsenter, Miami, US
2023 The Only Lasting Truth Is Change, Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst, Bergen, NO
2023 Deconstruction: Ruins in reverse, Pfizer building, New York, US
2022 Booked, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Helsinki, FI
2022 Jeg kaller det kunst, The Norwegian National Museum, Oslo, NO
2022 As Below, So Above, Haugesund Billedgalleri, Haugesund, NO
2022 Inversia festival, Murmansk Regional Art Museum, Murmansk, RU
2021 Fremtidens Levninger, KORO public art commission & online project, Sofienbergparken, Oslo, NO
2021 LOOPING, Chao Art Centre, Beijing, CN
2019 Nice question, Fridaymilk / Lofoten International Art Festival, WWW
2019 Rewired, Digital Narrative Networks Conference, University of Bergen, NO
2019 Very Large Works, The Wrong Biennial 2019, online exhibition, WWW
2019 You live here long enough everything becomes a story, Tag Team, Bergen, NO
2019 Radio Space, Borealis Festival for experimental music, Bergen, NO
2018 Friday the 13th, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NO
2018 Utspill, Kunsthall 3,14, Bergen, NO
2017 Constellations, Lumen Studios, London, UK
2017 Ultimo Scenario, Haukeland Barneklinikken, Bergen, NO
2016 Cake, The Icing Room, London, UK
2016 Homonculus, Asylum, London, UK
2015 The Fall of Rebel Angels, Gallery 1610, Venice, IT
2015 Koekje, Broadway Studios, London, UK
2015 The Misplaced Museum, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK


2023 How to live on twenty-four hours a day, Bergen Assembly / B Open, Bergen, NO
2022 How to live on twenty-four hours a day, European Poetry festival, ICKLECTIK, London, UK
2021 In fact, the dead are dead. Fremtidens Levninger , Deichman Grünerløkka, Oslo, NO
2021 Yep, that’s the mood, The only lasting truth is change symposium, Bergen Centre for Electronic Art/Østre, Bergen, NO
2019 As ghosts speak..., Actually the Dead Are Not Dead, Bergen Assembly, Bergen, NO
2019 Protest of the physical, solo performance event, Galleri Slakt, Bergen, NO
2019 The Heights, Performance Art Bergen Festival, Bergen, NO
2019 Until my tongue stiffens, collab with Kim Hankyul, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2018 Miserable, Waiting for the Sun performance festival, Black Box Theatre, Oslo, NO
2018 I can fix this, Å Rydde Opp i Gamle Synder performance festival, Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen, NO
2018 Things seem paler, performance lecture, Bergen Art Academy, NO
2017 Saying things, Performance Art Bergen Festival, Bergen, NO
2017 Miserable, I hope you do too solo performance event, Galleri Bokboden, Bergen, NO
2017 Document/ Monument/ Fragment/ Trash TEXST 1, Galleri Bokboden, Bergen, NO


2024 (upcoming) Tips of the sung, interdisciplinary text collection, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2023-24 (in progress) Without the E curator and editor of a collection of experimental writing, contributions from Erica Scourti,
Allison Parrish, and more TBA, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2022-24 (in progress) Vibrational semantics curator and editor of a collection of hybrid texts, contributions from Lisa Busby, Holly Pester,
Cia Rinne, Daniela Cascella, Marie Thams and more TBA, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2023 Some statements on liveness, inscription, voice... commissioned hybrid text, Contemporary Art Stavanger, NO
2022 More sound than sense, commissioned hybrid text, Contemporary Art Stavanger, NO
2022 Well begun is half done, commissioned hybrid text, Contemporary Art Stavanger, NO
2022 The Block, essay, SPAM press, Glasgow, UK
2022 Every dream feeds my nights, commissioned hybrid text, Contemporary Art Stavanger, NO
2021 G U E S T magazine, feature in poetry periodical, Above / Ground Press, Ottawa, CA
2021 PROUST CRISIS, artist book with Robin Everett, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2021 into wanderer lonely, artist book, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2021 I’m perfecting my body..., poetry pamphlet, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2021 PHYSICAL, artist book, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2021 MISERABLE, artist book, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2021 Black Hole Melodic/ Black Hole Melancholic, commissioned hybrid text, Contemporary Art Stavanger, NO
2021 The Paper, essay serially published in monthly publication, Good Press, Glasgow, UK
2020 Lydgalleriet: A Retrospective, editor and contributor to a compendium of texts, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2020 Emergency Index Volume 9, annual volume on performance practice, Ugly Duckling Press, New York, US
2020 Apprentice Poetry Anthology, selected texts in a poetry anthology, SPAM press, Glasgow, UK
2019 I laugh while crying., And I barely cry. poetry pamphlet, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2019 speakerspeaker two: collectivity, essay in journal on sound and the voice, Bergen, NO
2019 The density of bone in my brow, artist book, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2018 TEXST #2, editor and feature in journal of text-based work, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2017 Vooks are Stupid! collaborative publication as TEXST, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2017 TEXST #1, feature in journal of text-based work, TEXSTpress, Bergen, NO
2015 The Materiality of Ruin, residency publication, Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin, DE


2024 Maumaus Independent Study Program, Maumaus, Lisbon, PT
2021 Research Assistant for Posthuman E-Literature Project, Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, University of Bergen, NO
2018-20 Research Assistant in New Media, Bergen Art Academy, NO
2019 The Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, US
2016-18 MA Fine Art, Bergen Art Academy, NO
2006-09 BA English Literature University of Sheffield, UK


2025 (upcoming) Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL
2024 (upcoming) Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, AT
2024 Prisma, Lisbon, PT
2023 Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, US
2023 The Listening Academy, Berlin, DE
2023 Atelier Nord, Oslo, NO
2023 Bergen i Berlin, Berlin, DE
2022 CAS Art Writing Residency, Contemporary Art Stavanger, NO
2022 Oscillations project EU Creative Europe residency, bb15 Space for Contemporary Art, Linz, AT
2022 Bergen Centre for Electronic, Bergen, NO
2022 Lademoen, Trondheim, NO
2021 Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, IS
2021 Nyksund Cooperative Studio, Nyskund, NO
2020-21 Writer in residence, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2020 Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Svolvær, NO
2019-20 Returning to Actuality, BEK - Bergen Centre for Electronic Art, Bergen, NO
2019 Speculative Documentation lab, Fridaymilk / Lofoten International Art Festival, Lofoten, NO
2019 Future DiverCities lab, BEK - Bergen Centre for Electronic Art, Bergen, NO
2018 Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, UK
2016 Mustarinda, Hyrynsalmi, FI
2015 Lumen Studio, Atina, IT
2015 Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin, DE

Meta.morf biennial for art and technology, Trondheim, 2022
Bærum Kunsthall, 2023
European Poetry Festival, London, 2022
Lydgalleriet, Bergen, 2023