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. 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 and attitudes of the participants become a fragile but all the more lively antithesis to the static and solid monumentality of modernism in the background.
Images: Mozart, Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Miguel de Cervantes, Sissi, Morni Hills Performance Biennale, Chandigarh National Museum, 2019.
18-parted photo series, 30 × 45cm, 2018
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 reminiscent of urinals - a comparison that suggests itself, because they 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
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 Raiffeisen at Kunstraum Niederösterreich, June 2019.
Performance + Video, 25min & 19min. 2018/19
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 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
For this special series of I want to become a millionaire-sheets I switched roles and asked beggars and homeless people in Paris and Brussels to place their personal messages on five sheets. Each message was rewarded 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 + 14-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.
A valve for a spontaneous aggression
An action which is based on the same named video that shows three kids trying to kick through a blank 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
See-Saws is a series of sculptures that display other works on their rigid arms. The audience is invited to engage with some of the works causing changes in the states of the sea-saws. Exhibition view: Duoshow with Eric Hattan at Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel, 2016.
Sculpture series, 2016
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.
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.
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