A gallery door is held open during the opening hours by a lot of doorstops, all taken away from various sites. What caused the doors to fall shut there, opens the gallery up to casual passers-by.
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.
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.
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. During the month of October 2014 I repeated them myself within Brussels during the festival I have created and called: Festival of Minimal Actions. The second Festival will take place in autumn 2015 in Paris. Image: Reperformance of Adrien Tirtiaux‘s Dog Days
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 17.000€.
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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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.
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.