The publication TOAST gathers a series of public speeches that have punctuated Mark Geffriaud’s work since 2011. As their names indicate, these toasts take an oral form, generally associated with a celebration or an inauguration, and whose history goes back to ancient times. Bringing together in a book the notes and indications that the artist used to give these toasts is both a way to archive them—since no other documentation exists—and to update them, putting the reader in the situation of the performer.
The artist’s book gathers a selection of seven toasts from the eleven Mark Geffriaud has given to this date, as well as a new and unpublished script. Both a script and a transcript, a tool and an archive, TOAST seeks to trace the evolution of the project by anticipating its continuation.