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Water Yump – A swimming ensemble by Thomas Geiger

Water Yump pays homage to George Brecht’s Water Yam and continues my series of art works that include both, other artists and visitors as to become part of a common, public sculpture. For Water Yump the audience is invited into direct contact with works by 12 artists in an especially notable exhibition space – the Rhine river. Curated by Benedikt Wyss, in cooperation with Museum Tinguely and Buero Basel (Waldburger Wouters & ShanghART). 3rd photo by František Matouš.





il tedesco

A 4-day pizzeria dedicated to the potential of pizza as social performance. The kitchen was transformed into a Pizzeria and offered guests to share an evening, pizza and a special program.

The work was created for The Show, a group exhibition with Florence Jung & Stefan Klein at SUPER, Vienna.





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. As of August 2018 Kunsthalle3000 will enter a one-year project with Kunstverein Langenhagen.





Bricks to Perform

“Dear visitors, please find enclosed this sentences 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 on the stages.”

The work is based on the same-named publication and is currently exhibited at La Construccíon, an exhibition space that is located inside a 3-level house in Guatema City that is still a construction site. Curated by Diego Sagastume and photos by Byron Marmol





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. Every first Sunday of the month, Dim Sun rents space at the flea market and invites an artist to exhibit / perform in this special context.





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





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. 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)






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





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.





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





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.





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.






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.






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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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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, dialogue and confrontation such as the The Festival of Minimal Actions, Kunsthalle3000 or most recently Water Yump. These projects are not based on the notions of individuality but include both, the works of other artists and the visitors as to become part of a common, public sculpture. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of Mark Pezinger Books. 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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Losers club, various interventions curated by Umer Butt, Grey Noise, Dubai, March 19 - July 31
Bricks to Perform (solo), curated by Diego Sagastume, La Construccíon, Guatemala City, June
Water Yump – A swimming ensemble by Thomas Geiger, cur. by Benedikt Wyss, in cooperation with Museum Tinguely, Basel, July 9–14
Water Yump – A swimming ensemble by Thomas Geiger (drained version), cur. Benedikt Wyss, Büro (Waldburger Wouters & ShanghART), Basel, July 14–29
The Collection for the Poor Collector, Material, Zurich, opening July 17
Kunsthalle3000–Langenhangen, a one-year project with Kunstverein Langenhagen, starting August 2018
Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale, Morni & Chandigarh, India, November 5-10
Kunsthalle3000–Nicce, invited by Thank You For Coming, December 1