Cindy Bernard

Cindy BernardArtist’s Statement

I take an active interest in instigating social exchange. In the last several years my work has transitioned from photographs and projections exploring cinema, memory and landscape (including the widely exhibited series Ask the Dust) to projects that focus on sound and music as a part of a visual practice.

In 1999, I founded the experimental music series sound which later incorporated as a nonprofit, The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). I have produced more than 40 concerts for SASSAS, many at the historic Schindler House. The unique blend of architecture, audience and performer at the Schindler House led to my current exploration of sound and music, not as mediums – I am not a sound artist – but as facilitators for works that incorporate issues of community, class, economics and politics.

Recent solo projects include: Year Long Loop, a 24-hour video that tracks one year of landscape and sound as experienced from a ridge overlooking several northeastern Los Angeles neighborhoods; Silent Key, a mapping of the transitory nature of territorial and political boundaries via Ham Radio QSL cards and The Inquisitive Musician, an adaptation of a 17th century German satire pitting itinerant “beer fiddlers” against the city sanctioned “Kunstpfeifer” in an argument over who has the right to perform. The Inquisitive Musician is presented as a staged read incorporating video and live music and the roles populated by artists and musicians who identify with the struggles represented in the play.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011

The Inquisitive Musician, performance featuring Dick Hebdige, Gregory Lenczycki, Thomas Lawson, Dave Muller, William Roper, Haruko Tanaka, David Watson, Tom Watson, Mike Watt and Marnie Weber, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Year Long Loop (screening), USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles

Silent Key, Tracy Williams LTD, New York
Silent Key, Center for the Arts, Boston

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

The Artists’ Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
California Dreamin’, Arte 10 Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal and vicinity

Collection: The First 30 Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

(dis)concert, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles

Select Community-Based Artwork

Scratch for SASSAS, score for 20 musicians and artists based on the Scratch Orchestra, produced and conducted for SASSAS; performers included Glenn Bach, Ted Byrnes, Mitchell Brown, William Harrington, Michael Intriere, Dave Muller, Diane O’Rourke, Corrina Peipon, Rick Potts, William Roper, Kira Vollman; additional scores by Steve Roden and Andy Featherston; Fiesta Hall, West Hollywood, Calif.

Mapping sound.: the SASSAS 10th Anniversary Concert, multiple artists including Joe Berardi, Alejandro Cohen, Jim Fox, Vinny Golia, Anna Homler, Rod Poole, Tom Recchion, Joe Potts, Chas Smith, Wadada Leo Smith, Gabie Strong, James Tenney; lead producer for SASSAS, multiple locations, Los Angeles

MOCA Mobilization, co-founder (with Diana Thater).
Tonalism, multiple artists including Albert Ortega, White Rainbow, Cal Crawford, Carole Kim, Matt Sheridan, DJs Carlos Nino, Hoseh, Katie Byron and Michael Stock; co-producer with dublab for SASSAS and the Glow Festival, Looff Hippodrome Carousel, Santa Monica, Calif.

Fellowships and Awards

Durfee Foundation Artist Resource for Completion (ARC) Grant

Harpo Foundation
Center for Cultural Innovation, Investing in Artists Fund


M.F.A., 1985
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

B.A., 1981
California State University, Long Beach