Kunsthalle3000 is an institution as intervention in public space. After being located in a park in Vienna for 3 months, it has moved to Johannesburg. There a field defined by missing cobblestones became the new host for situations by various artists. Kunsthalle3000 will be continued in Beirut this year.
I want to become a millionaire
An on-going performance that aim is to finance new projects in an independent way. Since 2010, I am selling sheets each for 1€ signed and with a sequential number out of 1.000.000. To date I have earned more than 26.000€ that funded my projects Mark Pezinger Verlag, Festival of Minimal Actions and Kunsthalle3000.
More than 100 artists donated a special edition of the Millionaire-Sheets, helping me to raise the value of the sheets. Image: Contribution by Paul Maheke.
Festival of Minimal Actions
Considering that the best way to keep a “performance” alive is to repeat it, I have collected concepts of various artists which I repeated myself during the 30-day festival. So far, the Festival took place in Brussels (2014) and Paris (2015). Image: Reperformance of Adrien Tirtiaux‘s Dog Days
El Festival Escape del Gas
El Festival escape del gas (The Insert Gas Festival) took place during and inside a group show at the Centro del Arte Contemporaneo, Quito. It was activated by the visitors themselves: “Become a part of the festival and fart inside the exhibition!”
Ich habe mir von oben auf den Kopf geschaut / I looked on my head from above
Behind the associative sequence of short sentences written out of the First-Person-perspective a inventory is hidden with conceptual-narrativ works from several decades of art history. The collection of actions and interventions includes about 500 works by artists ranging from Abramaovitch to Zhang Huan.
To avoid a cold butt when sitting outside, people sometimes use newspapers, magazines or cardboards. Po-Stücke/Butt Pieces is a collection of these items from various places that are reused as seat covers for a new audience.
Installation view at Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel.
Le Pharaon doré
Living statues, disguised as golden pharaohs, appear continually in different spots in Paris. The motionless golden figures reward each money donation with a little bow. One would assume that competition is good for business – at the least, it should lead to more creative energy. This makes it all the more interesting that the pharaohs seem somewhat indifferent to driving economic forces – an attitude which is emblematic of “ennui”. In Le Pharaon Doré, I brought together twenty pharaohs in a video installation through the multi-channel interplay of pausing and bowing.
I pick up a loose cobblestone and walk around the city with the stone in my hand. This gesture not only induces disconcerted looks from strangers, but also provides a strong personal experience to the performer: How does one’s gait change? Am I myself capable of throwing a stone? Under which circumstances?
Brussels Stones (for Munich)
A pile of Brussels Stones is placed in the exhibition space. The visitors are invited to re-create and to re-experience my action by walking around with a stone in their hand through the streets. Installation view at Sperling, Munich
I leaned planks against various house walls. Some time later, I returned to these spots and found most of the planks kicked through and broken …
The Thinking Machine is a language-based instrument that is an elemental part of my everyday practice: I spin the wheels and receive a combination of 3 words that stays with me throughout the day and serve as the basis for my visualization.