Festival of Minimal Actions
Considering that the best way to keep a “performance” alive is to repeat it, I invite artists to share their inconspicuous 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 is currently taking pace in San José on invitation of Despacio. For this special location, each artist's concept was printed onto large flags that are exhibted within the space and raised along Despacio’s facade at the day of their realisation. Photo: Sandino Scheidegger
La Tigra Land Art Garden
This unique garden was realised for the La Tigra Performance Festival at Réunion in the Hondurian forest. 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
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 and Paris.
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 Verlag. To date, I have raised more than 30.000€. Please get your sheets here.
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 to create a special edition on the I want to become a millionaire-Sheets. I even contacted my favourite dead artists and asked them for support. 38 of them offered me their kind help and sent me their contributions from the otherworld …
Images: Dead Artists, Johanna Schaible, Javier Calvo, Rosalie Schweiker
Living Room Demonstrations
“Living Room Demonstrations” bring an activity that is generally staged in public space into the private sphere of people’s apartments. What starts as a conversation and discussion about demonstrations and the individual experiences, leads to a privately enacted demonstration by the residents inside their living room.
To date, Living Room Demonstrations took place in Paris (in cooperation with Fondations Ricard) and in Vienna (in cooperation with Homesick Festival).
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.
Installation view: fiebach minninger, Cologne.
Bricks to Perform (book)
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.
Bricks to Perform
A concrete stage and some bricks invite the audience to create and re-create potential brick sculptures based on the same-named publication.
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
A stone for your hand
Pick up a loose cobblestone and walk around the city with the stone in the hand. This gesture not only induces disconcerted looks from strangers, but also provides a strong personal experience to the performer.
Sometimes people use newspapers, magazines or cardboards when sitting outside on stairs, etc. Grounded Seats is a collection of these items to continue and preserve their newly dedicated function as seat covers.
Installation view: Bretter eben (with Eric Hattan) at Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel.
A valve for a spontaneous agression
A subtil offer for those who need to let out steam: I 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.
20 stolen doorstops holding one single door open.
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.
Thomas Geiger's artistic practice is based on performative and sculptural approaches that move at the intersection of public- and private/institutional spaces, seeking contact with different forms of public. He is working with independent collaborative formats such as the The Festival of Minimal Actions, which is dedicated to intangible actions in public space and Kunsthalle3000, an institution as intervention in public space. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the publishing house Mark Pezinger Verlag. In many respects his ongoing performance I want to become a millionaire can be seen as the back bone of his practice, allowing him to fund this activities autonomously.
Talks, Lectures, Workshops
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