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    Gerz reverses a classical aesthetic by pushing fiction back with real time events and everyday politics.

    Gary Dufour 1994

    Another aspect of these works is that these same works make us sensitive to "change" (both within the artwork in question, and beyond or outside it). These works often also "refer to" or "call to mind" or "evoke in us" history. but, being activated, we do not see in them works that force a vision of history on us. They create a free space: not only fo the imagination but also for OUR conscience, our emotions, thoughts, memories. They leave us free to think, to feel, to choose a position vis á vis the past and the present.

    A.B.Meadows 2000



    16 panes of glass, of which 4 show inscriptions (sand-blasted), each 54 x 60 x 2 cm, 4 sheets of black silk paper, each 54 x 60 cm, 4 loudspeakers, 4 motion sensors, digital audio system

    Four groups of four panes of glass each, form glass blocks leaning against a wall. A concealed loudspeaker is assigned to each block.
    Various spoken texts, roughly 15 seconds in length, are played simultaneously over the loudspeakers. Controlled by a motion sensor, the voices cease whenever a viewer approaches the panes of glass.

    Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp.


    Paris 1995


    I: Düsseldorf 1997, pp. 234-235

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    My name is Jochen Gerz