Nationality: Australian

A reoccurring focus to much of Marcus Bergner’s artworks and related research has been in shifting and rethinking points of intersection (as well as points of contradiction or difference) that operate between/within the worlds of visual art, literature, art history, film, and performance. As part of these investigations he has made over 25 experimental films that have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions/screenings in museums, galleries and cinemas across Australia, Europe and North America. These films are divided into three distinct lines of production: language/ poetry, spatial/performance, and visual art areas. They are distributed by the German Film Archives, Berlin; Light Cone, Paris; The National Library of Australia, Canberra. Between 1985 and 2000 as a member of the Australian sound poetry group Arf Arf, Bergner performed extensively throughout Australia and Europe (see: In 2010 he completed a PhD research project (University of Melbourne) that considers experimental film in light of changing approaches to the discipline of art history. Since 2009 he has conducted ongoing experimental film and performance workshops at the Czech Film Academy in Prague (FAMU), as well as lecturing on media history at the University of New York, also in Prague. In 2013 he was invited to take part in the unique exhibition/performance event ‘Words Live’ in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. He will premiere a major new film and performance work commissioned by the Akademie Scholss Solitude in Stuttgart early 2017. Presently he lives and works in Brussels and is completing a series of essayistic pieces that demonstrate and explore the noetic and conspiratorial necessity of instigating forms of ‘incomprehensible art criticism.’


1997 / 16mm / color / sound / single screen / 16' 00 / 54 €
distribution: 16mm
1984 / color / sound / single screen / 14' 00 / 47 €
distribution: 16mm