Thomas Geiger


Bust Talks

Busts are not just cold and soulless pieces 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 Ernst Späth (curated_by), Kifwebe (Kunsthalle Emden), Hans Kloepfer (steirischerherbst), Pietro (BIA), Friedrich W. Raiffeisen (Kunstraum Niederösterreich), Ludwig v. Beethoven (Wiener Festwochen), Mutter (Ausstellungsraum Klingental). PM for Video links.

Performance + Video, 20-25min, 2019
Image No.2 by Mathias Völzke / No.4 by Wiener Festwochen





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, San José (Despacio) and Vienna (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





Money Talks

A Talk Show hosted by Capitalism: Capitalism is in crisis, and nobody knows this better than capitalism itself. People talk about it a lot behind its back. But it also has redeeming qualities, or so at least it claims. Eager to get out of its present malaise, capitalism seeks out three people who might be of help. It goes to a hotel suite to meet with an Austrian psychoanalyst to discuss its fears and feelings. It tries to find admiration from a representant of the future generation: a child. And, in search of eternal answers, it visits a pastoral theologian in a church.

3 Performances, 25-40min
comissioned and produced by steirischer Herbst, 2020





Falling (1)

A performance about falling, its ambivalent attraction and its unconscious drive: “... even in our dreams we fall. The interpretation of dreams sees this as an expression of fear and loss of control. And Sigmund Freud associates it with inexperienced longings, sexual inhibitions and the desire to finally let go.“ The performance takes place in a unique setting where I am speaking about the topos of falling within the arts and about the questions why it is especially male artists who are inscening themselves falling. In the background a spring board diver makes his biggest jumps from a more ambitious height.

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





Peeing in Public

Peeing in Public is a performance that I am inviting some of the “wildest urinators” to. Amongst my guests are Xi Jinping, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vespasian, Samantha Fountain, Ira Gessel, Brae Carns, Hillary Clinton and many more. Each of them has quite something to say on this subject and gives a short talk about various dimensions of public peeing such as economocial, political or gender aspects. The question of when, where and how is certainly a preoccupation for all kinds of people.

performance ca. 30min + publication





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





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





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





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)

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. 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, 2015/16
Image 1 by Georg Petermichl, 2018





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





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

• Money Talks, steirischerherbst, on ParanoiaTV until December 31
• Mutter (solo), Ausstellungsraum Klingental, until November 15
• Das Grosse Gefallen, Duo with Johanna Charlotte Trede, Size Matters, Wien, until December 31
• What can be shown, cannot be said, cur. by Ekaterina Shcherbakova, LE CAP, Lyon Saint-Fons, Opening November 7