The Invention of the World

L’invention du monde

Die Erfindung der Welt

CR 311. Year 1985

Wv 311 La Invention Du Monde 007

"The Invention of the world" is the story of a man no one knows. The only reason the location of the story is not doubtful is because the subject is the world and its invention. No doubt the world is the name of a place (but we do want to get by without many names in our story). After all, memory is a popular form of error.

...Jochen Gerz’ verbal images often work with time-related metaphors of contemporary astrophysics for example. They like to use paradox. The melancholic undertone of the overall context arises out of the realisation of some kind of futility of determining the things around us, as well as the exact opposite: the impossibility of not wanting to do so.

Lucie Schauer 1985. Translated by e_CR editors.

Mixed Media Photograph

4 framed b+w photographs, each 40,5 x 50,5 cm, 1 framed text (relief print), 13 x 18 cm, 1 framed text (typed on paper), 18 x 24 cm, total 82 x 269 cm

The texts are typed in three languages.

Collection Robelin, Paris


Ravenna 1985. Rennes 1985. Saarbrücken 1985. Frankfurt 1986 (Rennes 1987. Berlin 1987). Hamburg 1989. München 1989. Clermont-Ferrand 2019. Lyon 2022


I: Ravenna 1985, pp. 60, 66. Saarbrücken 1985, pp. 5-8, 11-17. Berlin 1987, p. 308. Lyon/Paris 2022, pp. 126-127

II: Giessler 1985, p. 6

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My name is Jochen Gerz