Thomas Geiger


Bust Talks

A performance-series based on the idea that busts are not just cold and soulless bodies but can be activated to use their potentials and experiences for new views on our present. Set up as a conversation between the bust and myself, the audience is invited to witness an exceptional dialogue. It was first performed with Prof. Ernst Späth in the frame of Curated By, Vienna and continued with an African Songye-Mask at Kunsthalle Emden. The next conversation will happen with Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffaisen at Kunstraum Niederösterreich, June 2019.

Performance + Video, 25min & 19min. 2018/19





Some Great Europeans

Chandigarh is the earliest planned city in post-independent India, designed by Le Corbusier. As such, it is stamped with the modernist European visions of scientific rationalism, efficiency and social improvement through design. In this context Some Great Europeans took place, as a ephemeral monument in front of the Art Museum, one of the Le Corbusier buildings. Here, the visitors were invited to pick one of the photographs showing satutes of famous Europeans and to re-enact the statue on an improvised plinth.
Images: Mozart, Danton, Christiano Ronaldo, Winston Churchill, Marx & Engels. Morni Hills Performance Biennale, Chandigarh National Museum, 2019.

19-parted photo series, 30 × 45cm, 2018





Kunsthalle3000

Kunsthalle3000 is an institution as intervention declaring specific spots within public space as Kunsthalle to create an intensive, yet temporary locale for performance, discussion, confrontation and interchange. To date, Kunsthalle3000 has been located in Vienna, Johannesburg, Geneva, Beirut, Paris amd Nice.
From August 2018–2019 Kunsthalle3000 is a one-year guest at Kunstverein Langenhagen working on the gap between institutional/private and public space.

Sculpture in public space, since 2016





Private Monuments

Private Monuments is a series of eight sculptures based on holes of missing bricks on public squares. As a positive of the original holes, they create fragments of public space within a new environment. Eight dedications can be found as instructions to activate these Private Monuments with momentary gestures that are an echo of the daily life on public squares.

7-parted sculpture series, various dimensions, 2017





I want to become a millionaire

Since 2010, I am selling stamped and signed sheets with a sequential number for 1€ each. What started as a street performance, became a private funding system that supports my collaborative projects which are dedicated to public space and publishing: Kunsthalle3000, Festival of Minimal Actions and Mark Pezinger Books. To date, I have raised more than 32.000€. Please get your sheets here.

Performance, since 2010





The (Dead) Artists Sheets

At the beginning of the 20th century, industrials engaged artists to illustrate their stock certificates in order to enhance the value of their company through aesthetic representation. In order to continue this tradition and to raise the value of my sheets, I started to invite other artists (even the dead ones!) to create a special edition on my I want to become a millionaire-Sheets. So far 165 artists helped to raise the prices of the sheets.
Images: Karina Bisch, Katharina Höglinger, Yves Klein, Javier Calvo, Mikko Kuorinki, Pilvi Takala, Rosalie Schweiker

Paper sheets, 10.5 × 14.5cm, since 2013





The Beggar Sheets

The Beggar Sheets are a series of I want to become a millionaire-sheets that I created in collaboration with beggars and homeless people in Paris, Brussels and New York. I offered them to place their personal messages on five sheets and rewarded each message with 1 euro/dollar. Exhibiton view: Rinomina, Paris.

Paper sheets, 10.5 × 14.5cm, 2014/15





La Tigra Land Art Garden

In the secluded nature of the Hondurian La Tigra forest, a garden was created that follows the idea of miniature gardens reflecting the secular and the high culture: As my contribution to the La Tigra Performance Festival at Réunion, I gave an iconic photography of a famous Land Art work to each participant without any additional information about its specific size, materials etc. and invited them to re-interpete and re-create the work within this new environment. Photos: Sandino Scheidegger

Performance + 16-parted photo series, 30 × 45cm, 2018





Water Yump – A swimming ensemble by Thomas Geiger

Water Yump pays homage to George Brecht’s Water Yam - a collection of printed paper cards that invited readers to enact the small actions proposed by each card. For Water Yump Geiger invited the audience to enact works by 12 artists and to create together a “swimming ensemble” in the Rhine river: floating between art and life – in the spirit of the Fluxus movement. Curated by Benedikt Wyss, guest at Museum Tinguely, drained at Buero Basel (Waldburger Wouters & ShanghART). Photos by Nicolas Gysin.

Public sculpture, 2018





Festival of Minimal Actions

Considering that the best way to keep a “performance” alive is to repeat it, I invite fellow artists to share their actions dedicated to public space. As a Festival of Minimal Actions I repeat these concepts myself for a new and random audience. After Brussels and Paris the Festival took pace in San José on invitation of Despacio (curated by Sandino Scheidegger). There, each artist's concept was printed onto large flags that were exhibted inside the space and raised along the facade at the day of their realisation. Photos: Sandino Scheidegger, works: Adán Valecillo (Amor al Arte), Fredy Solano (Graft)

Performance project, 2014/15 & 2018






I looked on my head from above (Audio)

Originally developed as a written text, in this Audio version a English woman calmly performs a rendition of the text which consists of a succession of terse, matter-of-fact one-sentence descriptions of events and actions. Each sentence beginning with the first person pronoun ‘I’, giving the impression that her admission of responsibility is both a confession and a boast (…) As it becomes clear that the list of events intoned are in fact artworks performed by multiple mostly male authors, the integrity of the speaker withers …play excerpt

Audio work, 24min, 2016





Bricks to Perform

“Dear visitors, please find enclosed some sentences based on brick formations as I found them in the streets. Consider them your guide to recreate these as potential sculptures on the stages.”
The work relates to the same-named publication. Exhibition views: La Construccíon, Guatema City, curated by Diego Sagastume, photos by Byron Marmol

Sculpture, various dimensions, 2017





marché pour l'unité

“Dear customer, the left and the right shoe of the same pair are placed at two different stalls on a flea market. If you would like to buy the pair, you just have to set out to find the second one. Once successfully purchased, you become the owner of an art work, which gets activated each time you wear the shoes.”
The work was created for Dim Sun, Lausanne.

Performance, 2018





A valve for a spontaneous aggression

An action which is based on the same named video work that shows three kids trying to kick through a blank leaning against a house wall. I recreated this ready-made situation and leaned planks against house walls at various places. Some time later, I returned to these spots and found most of the planks kicked through and broken – a subtil offer for those who need to let out steam.

10-parted sculpture series, 2014/15





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Skulptuerchen

20 stolen doorstops holding one single door open.

2-parted sculpture series, (Brussels/Switzerland), 2015/16





The Collection for the Poor Collector

A publication that gathers fellow artists who undertake “the brave and exciting work of exploring economic and distribution strategies outside of the art market (…) allowing the once exclusive practice of collecting works of art to become possible for all!”
Sealed!, 48 pp, 7.4 × 10.5 cm, 5€, order from Edition Taube or write me.

Publication, 2018





Bricks to Perform

“Dear Reader, find enclosed this manual based on brick formations as they are made and un-made daily in the streets of Johannesburg. Consider it your guide to recreate these as potential sculptures in the streets of your city, or in the comfort of your home.”
Find the publication here.

Publication, 2017





Thinking Machine

The Thinking Machine is a language-based instrument that follows the principles of OULIPO to create works by using constrained techniques: By spinning the wheels I receive a combination of 3 words that stays with me throughout the day and serves as the basis for my visualization. Since 2007, this little exercise is a continuing part of my everyday practice and results in an ongoing collection of text-image combinations that can be considered as a diary of perception.
publication

Performative object + publication, 2009 + 2017

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News

Kunsthalle3000–A fragment of your public space, a one-year project with Kunstverein Langenhagen, until August 2019, next intervention: February 20
Hauptstache Kopf, group show, Kunsthalle Emden, until May 19
microperformances - handle with care courage, group show, cur. Julia Katharina Thiemann, Q18, Cologne, Opening March 15
The Great Relief, SPERLING, Munich, solo show, Opening March 28
Simultanhalle, Cologne, solo project in public space, Opening May 5
Nature / Nature, group show at Kunstraum Niederösterreich, cur. Mirela Baciak, Opening June 5
Art Basel Conversations, June 14
I want to become a millionaire, Plateaux, cur. by Mateo Chacon-Pino & Marcel Hörler, Froh Ussicht, Samstagern/Richterswil (CH), August 31