Volume VI – Thomas Geiger & Pieternel Vermoortel
Volume VI – Thomas Geiger & Pieternel Vermoortel

June 2022

Thomas’ work sheds light on topics such as democratization, economization, freedom, play, embodiment, gathering and occupation. All of these are topics whose discourses underwent rapid changes over this last year. This underpinning of change lends a sensitivity and fragility to the work that also informs the rich set of sentiments present in these conversations: alienation, family comfort, fear, loneliness, love, depression, revolt and not to be underestimated anger.

Volume VI – Thomas Geiger & Pieternel Vermoortel

Sperling

all exhibits

Millionaire’s Chamber: A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part VII with treasures by Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, Josef Zekoff

15.01.2022–15.03.2022

Millionaire’s Chamber Part 7:

Part VII with Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, and Josef Zekoff
15.01.2022–15.03.2022

For 11 years, Thomas Geiger has been selling stamped, signed and numbered certificates out of an edition of 1.000.000 – for 1 Euro each. The story of this performance begins in spring 2010, when he placed himself in a public space carrying a sign that read: I want to become a millionaire. The work became the economic backbone of his artistic practice; a regular source of capital for his projects (and sometimes just funding for his living expenses).

In recent years, Geiger’s purist certificates have themselves become a place for encounters between other artists’ work and his own. The so-called Artists Sheets are a growing collection of “aesthetically enhanced” Millionaire-Sheets made by fellow artists. This follows a tradition that has its roots in the beginning of the 20th century. Under the influence of Jugendstil and the Arts & Crafts movement, industrials engaged artists to illustrate their companies’ shares in order to enhance their value through this artistic addition.

Successively the latest of these Artists Sheets will be on display during one year in the Millionaire's Chamber, which is located, (well secured), in the basement of the gallery.

Part I with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE, 15.05.–14.06.2021

Part II with treasures by Na Kim, Neven Allgeier and Anna Paul, 15.06.–14.07.2021

Part III with treasures by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, 16.07.–15.09.2021

Part IV with treasures by Isabel Nolan, Salvatore Viviano and Oriol Vilanova, 15.09.–15.10.2021

Part V with treasures by Andreas Wagner, Brigham Baker, Carlos Fernandez, Cosima Grand, Fantacee Wiz, Felix Rhodes, Hawa Kanu, Isata Tejan Sesay, Juliette Uzor, Mabel Turay, Nelly Haliti, Sandino Scheidegger, Sergio Rojas Chaves, Sheka Kallon
15.10.–15.11.2021

FREETOWN PAPERS: The first performance festival in the public space of Freetown, Sierra Leone took place in August 2021. It was organized by Random Institute in cooperation with the independent artist network Réunion.The 14 artists of the festival created a special series of #Iwanttobecomeamillionaire - Sheets called the Freetown Papers. Instead of hiding money (Panama Papers), these papers transfer money to the Global South. Each sheet can be purchased for €33, which directly support the nonprofit organization Social Income, an initiative that offers a radically simple path to fight global poverty by letting everyone participate by contributing 1% of their income. The donations are then paid out directly as a Universal Basic Income to the mobile phones of people in need.

Part VI with treasures by Benjamin Appel, Axel Loytved, Sarina Scheidegger, and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, 17.11.2021–17.12.2021

Part VII with treasures by Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, and Josef Zekoff, 15.01.2022–15.03.2022

Thomas Geiger, I want to become a millionaire, since 2010
Exhibition view: “Millionaire’s Chamber”  A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Exhibition view: “Millionaire’s Chamber”  A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
"Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Part VII with Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, and Josef Zekoff, 15.01.2022–15.03.2022
Part VII with Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, and Josef Zekoff, 15.01.2022–15.03.2022
Part VII with Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, and Josef Zekoff, 15.01.2022–15.03.2022
Part VII with Sarah Bogner, Hanakam&Schuller, Mikko Rikala, and Josef Zekoff, 15.01.2022–15.03.2022
Part VI with treasures by Benjamin Appel, Axel Loytved, Sarina Scheidegger, and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, 17.11.2021–17.12.2021
Part VI with treasures by Benjamin Appel, Axel Loytved, Sarina Scheidegger, and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, 17.11.2021–17.12.2021
Part VI with treasures by Benjamin Appel, Axel Loytved, Sarina Scheidegger, and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, 17.11.2021–17.12.2021
Part VI with treasures by Benjamin Appel, Axel Loytved, Sarina Scheidegger, and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, 17.11.2021–17.12.2021
Part VI with treasures by Benjamin Appel, Axel Loytved, Sarina Scheidegger, and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, 17.11.2021–17.12.2021
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Display of the FREETOWN PAPERS, Part V of Millionaire’s Chamber
Chamber IV, “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheets by Isabel Nolan, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Salvatore Viviano
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Salvatore Viviano, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Oriol Vilanova
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Oriol Vilanova, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Isabel Nolan
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheets by Isabel Nolan, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Franziska Nast
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Hendrik-Jan Hunneman
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Franziska Nast
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Hendrik-Jan Hunneman
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Na Kim
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Neven Allgeier
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Anna Paul
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by Talisa Lallai
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by Maya Rochat
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by SUZANNE