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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!”
48 pp, 7.4 × 10.5 cm, 5€, order from Edition Taube or write me.





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 (even the dead ones!) to create a special edition on the I want to become a millionaire-Sheets.
Images: Yves Klein, Johanna Schaible, Javier Calvo, Rosalie Schweiker





Festival of Minimal Actions

Considering that the best way to keep a “performance” alive is to repeat it, I invite 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. 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, displaced works: Adán Valecillo (Amor al Arte), Fredy Solano (Graft)





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

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.





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

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.





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. Installation view: Filsers.






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.







Grounded Seats

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.







Skulptuerchen

20 stolen doorstops holding one single door open.






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.
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About

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 formats that can be considered stages for collaborations 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, that explores economic and distribution strategies outside of the art market and allows him to fund his activities autonomously.



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News

  • The Collection for the Poor Collector (ed. by Thomas Geiger), exhibition & publication release, SPERLING & Edition Taube, Munich, April 11-24
  • The Extended View/Der erweiterte Blick, group show at Kunstverein Langenhagen, March-May
  • Publizieren als künstlerische Praxis, roundtable at Salzburger Kunstverein, April 27
  • Talk at Kunstverein Langenhagen, May 6
  • Losers club, various interventions curated by Umer Butt, Grey Noise, Dubai, March 19 - July 31
  • Ongebonden, GRID Printing Museum Groningen, until May 20
  • Marché pour l'unité, one-day show at Dim-Sun, Lausanne, June 3
  • Klein Geiger Jung, with Florence Jung and Stefan Klein, invit. by Bianca Pedrina SUPER, Vienna, opening June 22
  • The Collection for the Poor Collector, Material, Zurich, opening July 17
  • Water Yump – An arrangement by Thomas Geiger, cur. by Benedikty Wyss, Basel, July 9–15


2018