2nd FESTIVAL OF MINIMAL ACTIONS
Considering that the best way to keep a performance alive is to redo it, I have collected 27 concepts of art pieces that had already been accomplished by their authors in publicspace. The second Festival takes place in in Paris from September 23 to October 21. Image: Reperformance of Adrien Tirtiaux‘s Dog Days
LE PHARAON DORÉ
“Living Dolls” disguised as golden pharaohs appear continually at different spots in Paris. The golden figures remain motionless until a passer-by inserts a coin. What follows is a bow before the figure returns to his still position. One would assume that competition is good for business and leads at least to more creative energy. The more interesting it is, that the pharaohs follow the economic drive rather indifferently and in fact represent an attitude of “ennui” towards capitalist principles. I brought together 20 pharaohs in a video installation creating a multiple play of pausing and bowing .
I WANT TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE
An ongoing performance that aim is to finance new projects in an independent way. Since 2010 I have regularly stood more than 400 hours in public space with a sign informing people of my intention to become a millionaire. Thereby I sell signed sheets each with a continuous edition number for 1€. To date I have earned more than 19.000€.
1 FOR YOU 1 FOR ME
A transformation of my I WANT TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE project: Instead of asking for money on the street myself, I offered beggars to place a personal message on 5 of my millionaire-sheets. For each sheet I paid 1€ to the beggar. I am reselling these sheets for 10€ to finance the FESTIVAL OF MINIMAL ACTIONS. The beggars, who are a part of the public space, get integrated into the realization of a festival that aim is to put the focus on the rules, gaps and codes of exactly this space.
FIND THE SHEETS HERE
I started to offer the space on the I want to become a millionaire-Sheets to other artists and invite them to place a personal work on the papers. Beginning of the 20th century industrials engaged artists to illustrate their stocks in order to represent the value of their company in an aesthetic way. After some time the demand increased not for the technical better one - but for the more beautiful one …
Image: Contribution by Random Institute
FIND THE SHEETS HERE
I pick up plaster stones which are lying around Brussels in large numbers and walk with a stone in my hand throughout the city. This gesture not only leads to disconcerted looks, but also gives a strong personal experience to the performer: how does the own gait change, am I myself capable of throwing a stone and in what circumstances?
BRUSSELS STONES (for Munich)
A pile of Brussels Stones is placed in the exhibition (here: SPERLING, Munich) and offers the visitors to pick a stone and walk with it through the streets of Munich. By re-doing my action the visitors are able to expererience the performance for themselves.
A gallery door is held open during the opening hours by a lot of doorstops, all stolen from various sites. What caused the doors to fall shut there, opens the gallery up to casual passers-by.
I leant slats against house walls in the city - as an offer to let out one's aggressions. When I came back many of them were kicked in.
A 3-day Shoe-Shining-Performance for the inhabitants of Charleroi, a former industrial city in the south of Belgium. Currently the city center gets renewed and a huge construction site indicates the city‘s effort to change it`s face. We would like to support this effort with this simple but personal gesture. Collaboration with Pierre Silverberg on the occasion of the exhibition Hotel Charleroi - La force du changement.
Text-based drawings that retell my actions and situations.
Image: Bread and Circuses, 2012.
Thinking Machine is what I call my word-based instrument with three discs that show about 50 adjectives and nouns each. Since 2008 I spin the three discs every morning. The combination of words thus created stays with me throughout the day and serves as a basis for my visualization thereof in either a photo, an action, a video or the description of a situation.
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7 PIEZAS EN LA CALLE
A performer reenacts my actions for a new audience inside a new space. Image: Performer Jorge Louis Cornejo at MAC, Santiago de Chile, 2012
ICH HABE MIR VON OBEN AUF DEN KOPF GESCHAUT
An ongoing collection of conceptual-narrative actions and interventions from various artists of the 20th century. Each work is retold in one sentence from the perspective of a first-person narrator. Till now the collection inlcudes more than 500 works by artists ranging from Abramaovitch to Zhang Huan. Image: Performer Philippe Severyns reads the text at Beursschouburg, Brussels, 2014.