Volume IV – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – by Kristian Vistrup Madsen

Volume IV – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – by Kristian Vistrup Madsen

October 2021

It is when you invite strangers to dinner that you learn the most about your friends. They ask different questions, bring up different topics. I was invited by Sperling to pair one work by an artist from the gallery with something, art or otherwise, from elsewhere. This became a game of impulse and association; a challenge to find a corresponding object to complement and challenge, to bring out in the first object some sidelined aspect, or latent conflict. It has been interesting to realise how coherent the programme is. Torsten Anderson could have been the partner of Veronika Hilger as well as Ana Navas. Malte Zenses's globe giving a blowjob could easily have met Anna McCarthy’s gross Steakbaby. But also the richness of it: just how many directions you can pull the work in, depending on the partner. I hope the host will not mind these plus one’s. I think they make a good party.

Volume IV – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – by Kristian Vistrup Madsen

Sperling

all exhibits

Millionaire’s Chamber: A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part V with treasures by Brigham Baker, Andreas Wagner, Carlos Fernandez, Cosima Grand, Fantacee Wiz, Hawa Kanu, Isata Tejan Sesay, Juliette Uzor, Mabel Turay, Nelly Haliti, Felix Rhodes, Sandino Scheidegger, Sergio Rojas Chaves, Sheka Kallon

15.10.202115.11.2021

Millionaire’s Chamber Part 5:
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.

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. The fourth three contributions are by Isabel Nolan, Salvatore Viviano and Oriol Vilanova.

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

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
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