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. So far, my interlocutors were Prof. Ernst Späth (Curated By, Vienna), an African Songye-Mask (Kunsthalle Emden), Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (Kunstraum Niederösterreich), Hans Kloepfer (Steirischer Herbst).

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





Festival of Minimal Actions

To repeat a past action within a new context, means to create a new impact: I follow this principle and re-perform concepts by other artists. So far, this Festival of Minimal Actions happened in Brussels (beursschouwburg), Paris and San José (Despacio). The 4th edition will take place in July 2020 in Vienna on invitation of Kunsthalle Wien. Photos: Reperformances of works by Fredy Solano, Sergio Rojas Chaves, Javier Calvo, Pilar Quinteros, , Adan Vallecillo, Exhibition view Despacio.

Performance project, 2014–2020





Falling (1)

This performance is about falling artists, about the ambivalent attraction and the subconscious drive of falling and the question why it is especially male artists who are falling?
“… even in our dreams we occasionally fall. The interpretation of dreams sees this as an expression of fear and losing control. And Sigmund Freud connects it with unexperienced longings, sexual inhibitions, and the desire to finally let go [sich-fallen-lassen] …”
Within a unique scenery and stage, I am telling and dry-performing the history of falling artists, while a springboard diver is doing his greatest leaps from a more ambitious altitude.

performance, ca. 30min, Putte / Donaubad, Neu-Ulm, 2020





Falling (2)

There are many falling bodies within the arts. In the ceiling paintings of the Baroque, for example, we finds tons of falling demons or punished angels. A special subject, however, is the falling artist himself. This tradition does not begin with an artist, but with his son: It is the story of Daidalos and Ikarus from Greek mythology. Since then, artists are falling, especially within the 20th century. In doing so, they not only create humorous and self-deprecating representations, but also establish individual styles of falling. To keep these sportive and aesthetic achievments alive, a professional springboard diver has re-created 13 leaps in a designated environemnt.

video, 2:06min, springboard diver: Jan Pienitzsch, 2020





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. Some Great Europeans took place 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: A fragile antithesis to the solid monumentality of modernism.
Images: Mozart, Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Miguel de Cervantes, Sissi; Morni Hills Performance Biennale, 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





Corners for Relief

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





Peeing in Public

Peeing in Public is a publication as well as a lecture performance: Public peeing 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

A talk show that gives voice to the capitalism himself – or let's say, a talk show hosted by capitalism himself. So far, his guests were a self-entrepreneur, a cultural politican and soon, as part of steirischer herbst, a pastoral theologian, a psychoanalyst and a child.





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






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 weeks 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. Out of this, a series of sculptures evolved which conserve a spontaneous agression of an anonymous person.

video and sculpture series, 2014/15





Skulptuerchen

20 stolen doorstops holding one single door open.

2-parted sculpture series, (Brussels/Switzerland), 2015/16
Image 1 by Georg Petermichl, 2018





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. Most of my works are published with Mark Pezinger Books except The Collection for the Poor Collector and Die Moderatorin which are publsied with Edition Taube.

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News

• Fallen (solo), Die Putte, Neu-Ulm, until July 24
• The Festival of Minimal Actions, Kunsthalle Wien / public space, July 15–August 2
• Bust Talk–Pietro, 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, September 5, 6pm
• Peeing in Public, Kunstverein St. Pauli, September 14
• Money Talks, Steirischer Herbst, September 24, October 3&8
• Mutter (solo), Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Opening October 10
• What can be shown, cannot be said, cur. by Ekaterina Shcherbakova, LE CAP, Lyon Saint-Fons, Opening November 7