Thomas Geiger


Bust Talks

A performance based on the idea that busts are not just cold and soulless bodies but can be activated in order to use their potentials and experiences for new views on our presence. As a casual conversation between the bust and myself it was performed with Ernst Späth (1896-1946), an execeptional chemist - but also a follower and pragmatist of his time. The audience was invited to join our dialogue at the courtyard of the University of Vienna and to learn about Percy Julian, a student of Späth and most likely the first Afro-American student in Vienna. Bust Talks took place in the frame of The share of opulence curated by Cédric Fauq at Galerie Sophie Tappeiner.





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.
From August 2018–2019 Kunsthalle3000 is a one-year guest at Kunstverein Langenhagen working on the gap between institutional/private and public space.
In December Kunsthalle3000 will be realised in Nice in the course of the ACROSS-residency program by Thank You For Coming.





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 to perform works by 12 artists and to create a "swimming ensemble" in the Rhine river: Mathilde Denize (swimsuit), Rafaela Lopez (Tatoo), Thomas Jeppe (coin), Bianca Pedrina (cloud), Klara Hobza (small buoy), Nicolas Chardon (squares), Sergio Rojas Chaves (caps), Florian Graf (signs), Ana Navas (golden costume), Nino Baumgartner (bottles), Johannes Willi (sound). Curated by Benedikt Wyss, guest at Museum Tinguely. Drained exhibition at Buero Basel (Waldburger Wouters & ShanghART). Photos by Nicolas Gysin.





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 is based on the same-named publication. Exhibition views from exhibited La Construccíon, an exhibition space located in 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.





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.





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Skulptuerchen

20 stolen doorstops holding one single door open.






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 Books. 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





il tedesco

A 4-day pizzeria dedicated to the potential of pizza as a social performance. The kitchen was transformed into a Pizzeria and offered guests to share an evening, pizza and a special program: A lecture about the role of Pizza in contemporary Arts, an eatable exhibition curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Live-Music by Stefano Cara and a football match with Co-Commentator Salvatore Viviano.

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





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 (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, 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





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).





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 aggression

An action which is based on the same named video work that shows three kids trying to kick through a blank leaning 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 – a subtil offer for those who need to let out steam.






Bricks to Perform

“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.





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.





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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News

Kunsthalle3000–Langenhangen, a one-year project with Kunstverein Langenhagen, starting August 2018
Bust Talk, Performance in the course of curated by_Vienna: The share of opulence; doubled; fractional, curated by Cédric Fauq, Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, Performance dates: September 14, 15, 20, 21, 5PM
Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale, cur. by Guillaume Dufour Morin, Government Museum of Chandigarh & Morni Hills Art Space, India, November 5-10
Schmalz, group show at Guimares, Vienna, November
Kunsthalle3000–Nice, invited by Thank You For Coming, December 1