Nice to Meet You

CR 69. Year 1979

Wv 69 Nice To Meet You 096
Wv 69 Nice To Meet You 081
Wv 69 Nice To Meet You 063
Wv 69 Nice To Meet You 059
Wv 69 Nice To Meet You Book 038

    Gerz is working against the myth of the artist. Unreflective acceptance and mechanical, linear use of language and images result in their destruction as a form of communication, similar to what Vilém Flusser analysed and described as the fate of technical pictures. Here, two positions meet that are trying to reach related, perhaps even analogous goals. Their common ground is doubt and scepticism about things that are and yet are not, and the way things purport to be.

    Andreas Vowinkel 1992. Translated by e_CR editors

    Jochen Gerz is an artist who has mastered the methods and tactics of the visual arts and yet, at the same time, foils them; he is an artist whose position on the open border between the visual, the literary and performance is rightly defined as a no man's land "between the chairs", for he pursues a strategy which assimilates daily experiences with the "media world" and severely questions them with regard to the way they work. The skepticism with which this is done manifests itself in the many parts, as well as, the ambiguity of the images and literary fragments which are intended to engender associations.

    Peter Friese 1992



    Photographic opaque, headphones, punching ball, monitor
    Duration approx. 20 minutes

    Quotations allude to various earlier Gerz-performances (e.g. Greek Pieces, The painting Mouth, Purple Cross for Absent Now) in an ironic retrospective review. Technical equipment is present in abundance, but none of it works.


    Lyon 1979. Hamburg 1979


    I: Lyon 1980, pp. 162, 166-167. Bielefeld 1981, p. 116. Paris 2002, p. 46

    II: Red. 16, 1979. Béraud 1994, p. 12

    V: Lyon 1984, p. 71

    Access general bibliography

    My name is Jochen Gerz