@documenta Kassel  ( d13   predicting d14 ) by Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel

Colonel 's  painted art works
was  implanted the  first time the 06 th of June 2012
It is only several days latter that the very-debated-occupy movement started to plant their tents  on the grass facing the Fredericianium in Kassel.

Colonel 's  installation 
that started the tents installation was removed by the documenta  organizers the 21/6/2012 
meanwhile the occupy camp ( after beeing inflitrated by documenta organsiers and branded docuppy )
was  declared welcomed . ( what make a protest more welcome than another ? )
The occupy camp was  inflitrated by police , spies and other employes serving documenta left the ground 1 week before the end of d13


An art work  : a painted with spray  tent as Biennalist canvas was installed by Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel
the 06 June 2012 just after the press conference ( where Colonel did a video work as a naive blue Helmet )
 The art work was implanted next  under to the Joseph Beuys tree and was the first tent to be planted
Colonel 's  implantation was recorded  by several TV reports and photographed

The 6 th June 2012  the artist  TG  made a mobility test  ( "This is a moving exhibition ")  ,  and the tent broke
This  first tent has been bought  for the collection of the Museum of contemporary art - Museet for Samtidskunst in Roskilde

The 07 th june a  new   art work : a tent painted on 4 sides  was created and planted at the same location
 this one  will stay for several week and create a debate as well as the start of the occupy movement
it remained  until the 21 th of June until it got confiscated by the documenta organisers
and brought down in the keller of the Fredericianium where is what found by the  artist Bongore

Those 2 tents before beeing planted were fotographed from different angles .

  7th JUNE                                                                                                                                                                 21 TH JUNE

The occupy movement (for documenta got branded doccupy  probably by the infiltrators  in collaboration with documenta organisers )
was   announced  welcomed at documenta 13 (  the 8/07)  after about 30 days of occupation

"In  fact I  was  not welcomed , and got my tent - art work confiscated
What was wrong with my " occupation " to make it unwanted and confiscated ?"

I had the first implantation in front of the Fredericianium   , since the 6 th of June ( D DAY )
Some of the critics  found my slogans and debate issues relevant enough to publish them , even of their magazine front page .

Why did documenta ( branding itself tolerant and welcoming  )  removed my contribution to the debate on contemporary art and emergencies
  as well as the 60 years  old man  , homeless ,  finding a home  in my tent was removed  ?

I  was armless and  just doing constructif critics
as critics are necessary to a good art show

I was not offending any one except maybe  the tourism office
but cannot remember to have make them loose any business as I heard after that the documenta never had so many visitors

The 6 th June first move  of Thierry Geoffroy art work  "THE EMERGENCY WILL REPLACE THE CONTEMPORARY" / "D DAY "  version mobile
The 7th Implantation again of the installation
the 8 th june 2 chinese artists installed a tent as well  20 meters from mine
the 9 th of June the  police gave permissions to  the 2 tents  to camp in front of the Fredericianium
(the 2 tents when we were checked during the  Bundespräsidenten Joachim Gauck  visit of documenta ).

Latter that day the  ) 9 th of June , the occupy movement constructed the beginning of their camp  with only one tent  that day.
Fast the occupy  camp  started to grew .......

The 20 th  of June the belgium art magazine Kunsthart did it' s front page with my art work  (7th)

the 21 th of June  Thierry Geoffroy installation  was removed .
The  trace of  disparition was very visible on the grass .
The artist José Luis Bongore in Kassel then  noticed it and took photos of that disparition .
He also  searched  for the confiscated art work and after investigations found it at the Fredericianium office
with the explanation "it should not be there "

Thierry Geoffroy  tent  was removed but the occupy was not removed
on the contrary the movement was announced welcomed after 30 days of occupation
The curator  send a press release where she welcomed the occuppy to stay
branding it " doccupy "and referring to Beuys . (8/07)

Is there any selectif way ( curatorial ) ways  of choosing what is a welcomed protester and one that has to be removed  ( unwanted protester) ?
Was the text " The Emergency will replace the Contemporary  " not proper for the  debate
Why did documenta choose to brand it self through the slogan " Fight Capitalism " presented in it s press release ?
( did they felt with all their sponsoring , weapon industry environement attracted by such slogan ? )
Latter I understood that the tolerated occupy camp have been infiltrated  by police and people from documenta
 that was why it got tolerated  even so use for promotion.

Did the documenta found the slogans on TG tent  offending any one  ?
Is it not true everyone is working with the tourism office ( bringing in tourits to Kassel )(eventually working for free)
By confiscating the tent did they wanted to do a chirurgical exctraction for all   biennalist projects ?
Is it not true the contemporary is too late ?
What is the criterium of selection  for  good protester  - bad protester ?
Can some protesters be better than others or more usefull?
Is it a question of slogan or of infiltration  ?
What are the criteria of selection ?
Can protesters be curated?
Is it ok to use the protesters for communication purpose?
Is it a question of aesthetic?
Is it a question of negotiations ?
Is it a question of infiltration ?

It was true that the contemporary was always too late
it was true that the Emergency will replace the contemporary
I did not say anything that could offend

A contemporary art show has  to also work with an ULTRACONTEMPORARY 
format to be able to reflect and debate  :
"In advance of the broken arm "  ( before the killing  by the tanks happen for example )  ,
not 40 years latter .
meanwhile art , artists , institutions can have a real voice
an some  impact

Documenta d13 expressed  about nazism ( past  nazism)  , camps , deportations
but  cry on history is not enought to avoid future accidents
the art scene has also  to face actual debates
not hide them
like the enormous  production of tanks in Kassel only 10 minutes walk from d brain  .
Why to organized such a large art show about the world without looking at the world now and in proximimity .

There is not a good art show without debate

Passed the frustration to have been erased and removed
I now start to see clearly how the contemporary instrumentalise the protest to create this illusion of debate and openness
How instrumentalised protest create an opposit effect ( creating more diversion and more apathy )
The occupy became symbol of tolerance ( with help of infiltrations , spies , threat )
meanwhile cleaning was done in the dark .

Some protesters are more welcome than some others
curating the protesteurs

The Magazine KunstHart made the  printed front page on their dOCUMENTA special  issue
with the Biennalist art work
unfortunatly just after that the tent was removed by dOCUMENTA
the tent was confiscated 1 dsay after publication

Link to Sebastian Baden text on the case

" Hard is the truth " commentend Arttribune ( picture from the 6/6/2012


https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8678/15883755017_169c8bdaec.jpg     cinema film ·

Aesthetetic of elimination, repression, death and emptiness - the last days of Documenta ,
what happen to the occupy movement ...( click )

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TG has worked with tents in art museum since 1995 , his last exhibition with tents  was at the ZKM museum in Karlsruhe 2011             see art work

from Art Magazin by Clemens Bomsdorf
some artists plant trees
some plant their tents .

Thierry Geoffroy works normally with the art format EMERGENCY ROOM 
the contemporary does not have the capacity to interfer wit the emergencies of the world of today ( today  is  today )

this work is a collaboration beetween the format Emergency Room and Biennalist .

more work from Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel  not officially invited  at the dOCUMENTA in Kassel  :             back to more work on documenta

Why Kabul ?
Can a car be good for climate ?
Is navigation a threat?
I am not working for the tourism office or Am I ?
The naive blue helmet
The next documenta should be curated by a tank  .

special Thanks to Mr José Luis Bongore!