Thomas Geiger


Bust Talks

A performance series based on the assumption that busts are not just cold and soulless pieces of bronze, stone or wood, but potential dialogue partners whose experiences and views might unfold a new impact in the present. Set up as a conversation between a bust and myself, the audience is invited to witness an exceptional dialogue. It was performed with Prof. Ernst Späth (Curated By, Vienna), an African Songye-Mask (Kunsthalle Emden) and Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (Kunstraum Niederösterreich). It will be continued with Hans Kloepfer at Steirischer Herbst, Graz in September.

Performance + Video, 20-25min, 2019





Kunsthalle3000

Kunsthalle3000 is an institution as intervention that is 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, Paris, Johannesburg, Geneva, Beirut, and Nice. Currently, Kunsthalle3000 is a one-year guest at Kunstverein Langenhagen working on the gap between institutional and public space.

Sculpture in public space, since 2016





The Millionaire Talks

This talk-show is dedicated to themes on the edge of art and economy and based on my ongoing performance I want to become a millionaire. In the frame of Plateaux-Festival, my first guest was Tobias Gombert, with whom I spoke about his way of collecting, about the social responsibility of collectors and in particular about how to improve my “I want to become a millionaire” from an economical perspective. The Millionaire-Talks will continue at Bone Festival, Bern in November.

Performance + Video, ca. 30min, 2019





Il Tedesco

An occasionally operating pizzeria and a place of learning from Pizza: “… and finally, I opened il tedesco because it is a microcosmos of what I expect from the arts: It is about simplicity. It is down-to-earth. It is about improvisation. It is about surprise. It is about uniting and experiencing social life aesthetically. It is about mediation. And maybe this is why there is such a rise of works dealing with Pizza - because it is an expression of what many of us miss in the arts - let’s say, it is a truly romantic symbol …”

Performance, since 2018. Images: Significant Other, Vienna, 2019





Some Great Europeans

Chandigarh is the earliest planned city in 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. Visitors were invited to select an image from a series of photographs, all of which show public statues of some “great” Europeans and interpret it on an improvised pedestal. The short gestures of the participants become a fragile but all the more lively antithesis to the statit and solid monumentality of modernism.
Images: Mozart, Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Miguel de Cervantes, Sissi; Morni Hills Performance Biennale, Chandigarh National Museum, 2019.

18-parted photo series, 30 × 45cm, 2019





Corners for Relief

The Corners for Relief emerge from my preoccupation with “being allowed” and “having to” in public space: Where can one go when one has to? What do you do when you're not allowed? The small corner-shaped sculptures are the modelled forms of popular peeing corners from public space. Peeing corners may be a result of the lack of public toilets, but they still owe the fact that “man can”. If you like, these cornes belong to a male system of representation in public space and can be seen as an outcome of a male privilige within this sphere.
Exhibition view: SPERLING, Munich.

8-parted sculpture series, 2019






High Gloss Heimersdorf

What looks like a unfinished or missing sculpture during the week becomes completed at weekends: Every saturday for three months, a performer offers the passers-by to have a seat and to shine their shoes for free. The work continues my series of performances dealing with the topic of shoe-shining, which for me is less a hierarchical service, but a medium to create a social situation. Comissioned by Simultanhalle for Simultanprojekte, Cologne. Performer: Anna Schütten

Sculpture / Performance in public space, 2019





Private Monuments

Private Monuments is a series of eight sculptures based on holes of missing bricks on public squares. As the positive forms 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 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 35.000€. Please get your sheets here.

Performance, since 2010





The 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





A valve for a spontaneous agression (II)

About 100 planks lean against the wall of the museum creating a tempting offer to the audience to let off steam and to kick through them. The work was created for the duo-show El malestar en un espacio sin gravedad / The space without gravity with Javier Gonzalez Pesce (golden balloons with stones) at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile.

Performance / Installtion, 2019





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 + 14-parted photo series, 30 × 45cm, 2018





Water Yump – A swimming ensemble by Thomas Geiger

Water Yump pays homage to Fluxus artist George Brecht and his work Water Yam - a collection of printed paper cards that invited readers to enact the small actions proposed by each card. For Water Yump I invited the audience to enact works by 12 fellow artists and to create together a “swimming ensemble” in the Rhine river. What started as a drained choreography in front of Museum Tinguely floated down the Rhine river for 45min. Curated by Benedikt Wyss, hosted by Museum Tinguely, exhibited at Buero Basel. Photos by Nicolas Gysin.

Temporary 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.”
Created for Dim Sun, Lausanne.

Performance, 2018





A valve for a spontaneous aggression (I)

An action which is based on the same named video that shows three kids trying to kick through a plank which leans 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.

video and 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





Artists Books

Book(lets) created since 2009 – still the best way to share ideas and to make artworks accessible and affordable. Based on my interest in this medium Mark Pezinger Books emerged, a publishing house that I run together with Graphic Designer Astrid Seme.





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. A selection of the images can be found in this publication.

Performative object, digital prints (21 × 29.7cm) and publication, since 2007

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News

• Contribution for the annual magazin of visarte Schweizer Kunst/Swiss Art
• Museum der Kritik, fffriedrich, curated by the master students of curatorial studies, Städelschule Frankfurt, October 24-26
• Whenever the gaslight goes low, curated by deuxpiece, November 9 at Σ Summe, Basel & November 19 at Flat 1, Vienna
Kardinal König Kunstpreis, St.Virgil, Salzburg, Opening November 27
Bone Performance Art Festival, Bern, November 27-December 1
• Global Forest Residency, Global Forest, St. Georgen, October-December