cultural critic

Tour / Détournement
Summer 2024

19 May

Bambi Kunst in Algotrapping
Lincoln Park Conservatory

Site-specific four-channel audio installation in the fern room with performance activation for Florasonic, hosted by Experimental Sound Studio. Tour/détournement announcement show.

31 May 

In the Group Chat
pse Contemporary
1450 W 18th St. Pilsen

Brian Bartz – Brianna Perry – Camilla Carper – Francesca Bayegan – Jonathan Worcester – Kyle Stecker – Maddy Inez Leeser – Mariel Fishel-Rich –Maya Nguyen – Paolo Puck – Rex Delafakran – Sidony O’Neal – Siobhan AJR Wood – Steph Patsula – Tarik Kentouche  

Apartment gallery group show of painting, sculpture, and sound objects curated by Bambi from various artist group chats.

20 June – 28 August
Bremen, Berlin, Rome, Monte Castello di Vibio,  Venice, London, Chicago.
Bambi Kunst is Conceptual Artist Trope
1 pair black pants & 8 white tees,
made-to-measure by Jacob Gouin in Pilsen, Chicago.

50% cotton 50% cashmere deadstock Helmut Lang fabric. Pattern based on Bambi’s favorite Eckhaus Latta baby tee. Based on the joke that male painters and conceptual arists have a “uniform” of black pants/white t-shirt. Edition of 8 shirts made to be worn by Bambi, one in each city while on tour, then sold dirty the way e-girls sell panties.

“It really is just me, no bra, and a baby tee against the world.”

“ I’m thinking for the edges 2 hemmed, 2 overlocked, 3 raw, and then 1 inside out. So as the tour goes on you can wear progressively more deconstructionist shirts.”
–Jacob Gouin

25 June

Bremen, Germany
I Went from the Margins to the Center and Back. Top Ten Things they Don’t Want You to Know.
Hochschule für Künste Bremen

Artist talk in the style of clickbait article, given for Temporary Spaces, the class of Asli Serbest. Organzied by e-girl performance artist Go Piss Girl.

4 July

Berlin Fashion Week
Bambi Kunst in Conceptual Art Therapy
with Cyrstal Reneè Drake

Three hour performance as both model and critic for FIZZY Mag at Pandora Art Gallery, during an art-fashion show hosted by Therapy Berlin,  Tata Christian, and Fade Out Label. Music by Mattam Matta, Zona Interdunar, and T.O.W.P.E., plus live fashion-drawing by Georg Martin.  

For one hour, I had a live therapy session with Drake, my actual, real-life Conceptual Art Therapist from the front row of the fashion show. We discussed performance as therapy and the symbolism of bambi vs. the culture vultures.  

Crystal Reneè Drake is an indigenous, queer, relational therapist, who strives to offer compassionate support tailored to clients’ experiences of grief, life changes, and mental health. Their practice deeply integrates art as a transformative tool, using relational art therapy to blend cultural values, identity, and community connection. This approach not only aims to decolonize therapy but also empowers the people and artists.

Drake has been an influenced me! The meta-modern influencer critic lol supporting me when art institutions fail, within the abolitionist framework that institutions built for profit over people will always fail.

5 July

Bambi Kunst is Seemingly Always En Route To the Gig
with Sammie Veeler at Trust Fund

 Spontaneous day with artist–living_avatar–curator Sammie Veeler, who is currently trapping out of Trust. We went on the computer and she printed out posters and graphic scores for me.

Is this also the performance?

6 July 

My Roman Empire is Bambi Kunst


90-minute body-based performance in public space.

7–21 July

Bambi Kunst in Influencer to the
Smallest Theater in the World

Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy
Teatro della Concordia

12-day performance activation in the smallest theater in the world, est. 1808 with only 99 seats.
On echo chambers, accelerationism, trend forecasting, and the algorithmic flattening of image culture.

24–27 July 

Bambi Kunst in Venice is Drowning


90-minute rags-to-riches fairytale set in the climate apocalypse, using the global art market as a backdrop. Curated by Hector Canonge for Performatica: Foreign Bodies All Over during the Venice Biennale. Dressed by
Alexander McQueen.

2–5 August

pse Contemporary

Garden Pop–Up

Embodied Nihilist at the Digital Escapist Garden Party is a group show of painting, drawing, and sculpting in a garden in Copenhagen. One US artist is paired with one euro in each quadrant of the alignment chart.

The pop-up will only be up irl on the day of the opening, but will be doubled in digital space on virtual art platform New Art City.

UK Hardcore Bambi

Location TBA

Body-based performance with liquid rubber featuring sound by Vic from the bands Rubber, Merging, and Negative Space.

2 August
Absent Art Star at Local Opening
Featuring Bambi Kunst’s Chorus of Critics

Stasia’s Gallery

A conceptual performance commissioned by Veronica Clemens for the opening of Our Delicate Armor, a painting exhibition featuring Caleb Yono, Anne-Joelle Tan, Babmi Kunst, Jewlya Sturtevant, and Virginia Kidd. The performance uses out-of-town-ness as a medium to concider Lacan’s petit-a small object of desire. Bambi Kunst’s Chorus of Critics features freaks, punks, ravers, and emerging theorists impersonating Bambi.

15–18 August

Dumpster Fire Bambi

Performance for exhibition Democrazy, concurent with counterprotests to the DNC in Chicago.  

Co-Prosperity, Lumpen Journal

Bambi chips themself with a subdernmal RF-ID chip in this endurance body-based performance. The artist chants the slogans "we are literally dying on this hill," "this is the future liberals want," "this is the future conservatives want," and "no future in Amerikkka" in front of a 4K close up video projection of a dumpster fire. Democrazy Festival runs concurrent to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and is hosted by Lumpen Journal. Bambi wears a Barragán SS24 post-ironic American Flag look and wearable streaming sculpture X-Rig by ∅ Tenzing. No anarchists were harmed in the making of this video.

31 August
Bambi Kunst is
Influencer to the Smallest Theater in the World

Stasia’s Gallery

Body-based performance
in front of Bambi’s painting “Girlhood is a Void” (streatched deadstock Ballenciaga Italian Micro-Canvas in color Caviar) for the closing reception of  Our Delicate Armor, curated by Veronica Clemens for Stasia’s Gallery.


I Went From the Margins to the Center and Back Again.
Top Ten Things They Don’t Want You To Know!

SAIC Working Title

A performance lecture reflecting on Bambi Kunst: the Collapse Tour as a situationist détournemont thru fashion magazines, clickbait articles, the Venice Biennale, subcultural spaces, and art galleries.  

this is me
Bambi Kunst is a cultural critic working in Chicago and Berlin. At night, Bambi makes deranged and durational performance art in subcultural spaces, art galleries, and raves. During the day, they are a columnist and art critic at FIZZY Mag, an independent fashion magazine based in Berlin, est. by Riot Grrrl photographer Brit the Kid in the early 2000s. CollⒶpse Contemporary, Bambi’s apartment gallery, is located in downtown Pilsen in Chicago. Bambi is a post-digital situationist. They are like if Hal Foster had an Instagram account and could only publish text while shouting out a plumping lip gloss sponsorship. Born in 1996 to teenage grunge musician parents, Bambi is like if a nepo baby inherited noise and cultural critique instead of money. Bambi is currently on a European tour, where they will spend their aesthetic inheritance fast.
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