BERGERNISSEN aka Alisa Berger (*1987 Makhachkala) and Lena Ditte Nissen (*1987 Munich) graduated from Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2016. They have presented their installations and performances in a wide variety of venues worldwide, among them Museo del Banco de la Republica, KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Bangkok Arts and Culture Center.

“bergernissen” is working in the field of performance, happening and installation.

The material of our work are group processes, collectively experienced realities and our relationship to cultural institutions. The illusionistic potential of film and cinema is a source of inspiration for the development of our performances and happenings that simulate realities. At the turning point where reason could destroy the illusion, the deception is consolidated to the point of being incorruptible, while at the same time the illusion seems fragile in exactly the places where it should appear consistent and self-evident.

Through ritualistic actions or scientific research and in collaboration with protagonists, objects and institutional structures we create situations that illuminate the artificial connections between science, art, spirituality, and politics.
The viewer can intervene or withdraw. This exploration of illusory boundaries and their transgression enfolds its power through happening and performance and from there on penetrates into the reality of the viewer.

selected exhibitions & performances


Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel, DE
dresdner Schmalfilmtage, DE

BACC - Bangkok Art and Culture Center, TH


Tiefgarage, Köln, DE
CCA - Contemporary Center of Art, Tbilisi, GE
KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation - Take up your Space, Düsseldorf, DE


Filmmuseum Düsseldorf, DE
Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, DE
t.b.a. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, DE
Believing History, Kloster Lorsch, DE
EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, DE
Videonale Parcours, Bonn, DE
Kunstverein Jahnstraße, Braunschweig, DE


Cinémateca, Bogota, Kolumbien, CO
Kunstfilmtage Düsseldorf, DE
K21 - Lichterfest, Düsseldorf, DE
Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg, DE


Kühlhaus Berlin + team titanic, Berlin Art Week, Berlin, DE
”lugar a dudas” residency, Cali, CO
Cinémateca de la Universidad de Valle, Cali, CO
Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, CO
MapaTeatro, Bogota, CO
Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Manizales, CO
Kunstwerke, Köln, DE


Zaija Lab, Beijing, China, CN


Sint Lukas Academy, Ghent (with Margarita Maximova), BE

p u b l i c a t i o n s & r e l e a s e s


Landscapes of fear. sound-art compilation with various artists . Grünrekorder Records
BELIEVING HISTORY . catalog of group exhibition . Kerber Verlag


KUNSTFILMTAGE DÜSSELDORF . catalog of group exhibition
FULL SATURATION . postcard-edition of group-exhibition, Kunstpavillon München