Kunsthalle3000's aim is to transform the unused potentials of public spaces into new situations that allow to interact with the public in a direct way. For the first stop, I have chosen the Alois-Drasche-Park in Vienna. Here, an old blackboard and some wooden stools become the host for situations, performances, and talks by various artists.
FESTIVAL OF MINIMAL ACTIONS
Considering that the best way to keep a “performance” alive is to repeat it, I have collected concepts of various artists which I repeated myself during the festival I have created and called Festival of Minimal Actions. The 1st Festival took place in Brussels (2014) and the 2nd Festival in Paris (2015). Image: Reperformance of Adrien Tirtiaux‘s Dog Days
ICH HABE MIR VON OBEN AUF DEN KOPF GESCHAUT [I LOOKED FROM ABOVE ON MY HEAD]
Behind the associative sequence of short sentences written out of the First-Person-perspective a inventory is hidden with conceptual-narrativ works from several decades of art history. The collection of actions and interventions includes about 500 works by artists ranging from Abramaovitch to Zhang Huan.
I WANT TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE
is an on-going performance which aim is to finance new projects in an independent way. Since 2010, for more than 400 hours cumulatively, I have stood around in public spaces 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 23.000€.
A balancing seesaw requires equal force or weight, in all parts - but its most stabile condition is imbalance…
Installation view at Nicolas Krupp Gallery, Basel.
The video Eis shows two man crossing a frozen puddle various times: One man runs - the other one flollows slowly, so that the ice starts to break.
To avoid a cold butt when sitting outside people sometimes use newspapers, magazines or cardboards. Po-Stücke [Butt-Pieces] is a collection of these items from various places that are reused as seat covers for a new audience.
LE PHARAON DORÉ
Living statues, disguised as golden pharaohs, appear continually in different spots in Paris. The golden figures remain motionless until a passer-by inserts a coin. The reward for which is a little bow. One would assume that competition is good for business. At the least, it should lead to more creative energy. This makes it all the more interesting that the pharaohs seem somewhat indifferent to driving economic forces – an attitude which is emblematic of “ennui”. In Le Pharaon Doré, I brought together twenty pharaohs in a video installation through the multi-channel interplay of pausing and bowing.
I pick up a loose cobblestone and walk around the city with the stone in my hand. This gesture not only induces disconcerted looks from strangers, but also provides a strong personal experience to the performer: How does one’s gait change? Am I myself capable of throwing a stone? Under which circumstances?
BRUSSELS STONES (for Munich)
A pile of Brussels Stones is placed in the exhibition space (here: SPERLING, Munich). The visitors are invited to pick up a stone and walk around with it through the streets of Munich. By re-creating my action, the visitors are able to experience the performance for themselves.
A gallery door is held open during its opening hours by a number of doorstops, all taken away from various different locations. What has caused the doors to fall shut elsewhere opens up the gallery to casual passers-by here.
I leaned planks against various house walls. Some time later, I returned to these spots and found most of the planks kicked through and broken. Thus, the planks become a visible document of an individual, hidden aggression.
Posters are spread throughout the city and announce an invisble performance happening somewhere in the city for a random audience. Here: Bonne Gluck – Every day I place a full bottle of beer on the same bench.
are text-based drawings that narrate my actions and situations for a new audience.
Image: Bread and Circuses, 2012.
The so-called Thinking Machine is a word-based instrument that is an elemental part of my everyday practice. It consists of three revolving discs each with 50 adjectives and nouns. Since 2008, I have spun the discs every morning. The resulting word-combinations stay with me throughout the day and serve as the basis for their visualization in either the form of a photograph, an action, a video or the description of a situation. In this way, the Thinking Machine helps me to rediscover everyday life with the help of language.