The Birds

CR 289. Year 1983

The Birds Jochen Gerz Cr 289 Web

Systems of access, systems of hiding. The more there is of the one, the more there is need for the other. You feel it, we say when the obvious has faded. Joking.

The notions of culture and life, as they are conveyed in his work, might be understood as a form of the "essential dualism" characteristic of the western (humanist) tradition of thinking, in which paired notions such as culture/nature, subject/object, spirit/matter, mind/body, and self/other, are brought in relations of antagonism or exclusion (or even extermination). Gerz, however, does not perpetuate the image of them as the "two" that should become "one", he deconstructs the opposition by introducing a "third" which destabilises the recognisable and easily manipulated "two".

Bojana Pejic 1995

Mixed Media Photograph

3 framed b+w photographs, each 13 x 18 cm, 1 framed b+w photograph, 40,5 x 50,5 cm, 1 framed text (typed on paper, enlarged photograph), 13,5 x 50,5 cm, total 55 x 69,5 cm

The large photograph is part of an installation (97).

Courtesy Galerie Holtmann, Köln.

Museum Wiesbaden.


Köln 1984. Ludwigshafen 1984. Berlin 1985. Paris 1985. Calais 1986 (Chartres 1986). Troyes 1986. Vancouver 1986. Montréal 1987


I: Berlin 1985c, p. 79. Calais 1986, p. 60

IV: Delfin 1984, p. 47

VI: Düsseldorf 1997, p. 50

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My name is Jochen Gerz