Thomas Geiger


Bust Talks

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), Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (Kunstraum Niederösterreich), Hans Kloepfer (Steirischer Herbst) and a mobile phone (fffriedrich).

Performance + Video, 20-25min, 2019
Image No.2 by Mathias Völzke





Peeing in Public

Peeing in Public is a publication as well as a lecture performance. For quite some while I have been occupied and fascinated with the subject of public peeing – which is a battle, played out on fields economical, political, technological and sexual. The question of when, where and how is certainly a preoccupation for all kinds of people. And the availibility of public toilets says a lot about the power structures within a society.
My performance is navigating through this very intimate business while the audience is sitting on so-called Donnerbalken in an associated posture.

performance ca. 45min + publication





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. From 2018-19, Kunsthalle3000 was a one-year guest at Kunstverein Langenhagen.

Sculpture in public space, since 2016





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 and finances my projects independently. To date, I have raised more than 36.000€. Please get your sheets here. In order to to raise the value of my sheets, I also started to invite other artists (even the dead ones!) to create a special edition.

Performance, since 2010





Money Talks

This talk-show format is based on my ongoing performance I want to become a millionaire and is dedicated to monetary conversations. In the frame of Plateaux-Festival, my first guest was “collector, art-lover and entrepreneur” Tobias Gombert: “Tobias, please consult me – how would improve my project from an (art-) economical perspective?” At Bone Festival, my guest was Peter Schranz who was responsible for the artist funding of the city of Bern for many years. “Peter, your budget will be cut heavily! Where do you start saving? What would be your message to us - the artists?” The series will continue at Steirischer Herbst 2020.

Conversation, duration variable, 2019





Corners for Relief

The Corners for Relief emerge through my personal interest in the ‘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? These small corner-shaped sculptures are modelled forms of popular peeing corners from public space and can be considered anti-monuments to this topic. Peeing corners may be a result of the lack of public toilets, but they still owe to the fact that ‘men can’ and are a demonstration of male privilege within the public sphere.
Exhibition view: SPERLING, Munich.

8-parted sculpture series, 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





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





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





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





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





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.
Living Room Deminstration took place at Fondations d'entreprise Ricard and Homesick Festival Vienna.

Performance + Installation, 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





A valve for a spontaneous aggression (II)

About 100 planks lean against the wall of the museum – 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 with Javier Gonzalez Pesce at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile. The audience impressively accepted my invitation and their reaction was a foreshadowing of what was going to happen on the streets of Santiago just a few months later.

Performance / Installtion, 2019





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





A stone for your hand

Take a stone in your hand and walk with it through the city.

Performance / Installtion, 2019





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.





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





Die Moderatorin [the moderator]

This book is the moderator of a panel discussion about making, publishing, exhibiting and collecting artist’s books. The book itself asks questions, comments and even gives stage directions – considering a discussion as a play. It was made for the panel “Life and Opinions of an artist book” at Rroom, Lothringer 13 where it was ‘performed’ by Patrizia Dander (chief curator, Museum Brandhorst), Hubert Kretschmer (collector, Archive Artist Publications), Maria VMier (artist & publisher Hammann von Mier Verlag), Dr. Lilian Landes (art historian, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) and Edition Taube. Published by Edition Taube. Photos by Luise Aedtner.

Book & Performance, 2019





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.

Object, prints (21 × 29.7cm) and publication, since 2007

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News

• New publication “Peeing in Public”, published by Mark Pezinger Books
Home Works, a project by Michikazu Matsune, Kunsthaus Graz / Online
• This way, quickly (solo) Die Putte, Neu-Ulm, Opening July 3
• Bust Talk, as part of Das Haus der Frauen, cur. by Hoesl & Mihaljevic, Black Forest Institut of Art, Lenzkirch, August 8
• Bust Talk – Ludwig van Beethoven, Wiener Festwochen, postponed
• Peeing in Public, Wiener Festwochen, postponed
• Money Talks, Steirischer Herbst, September 24–October 18
• Mutter (solo), Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Opening October 3
• What can be shown, cannot be said, cur. by Ekaterina Shcherbakova, LE CAP, Lyon Saint-Fons, Opening November 7