Video Opera

Video Opernhaus

Vidéo opéra

CR 691. Year 1982

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Stimme Mann:
Ich denke ich bin eine Frau
Ich denke ich bin in der Oper

Tonkasette: Opernarie

Stimme Mann (singend):
Frauen klauen, Frauen klauen

Stimme Mann:
Nur du machst es richtig
nur ...

After the performance-oriented tapes of the 1970s, Video Opera House marks Gerz's second attempt to reflect video as a narrative medium. The 3 chapters of the tape are realized with simple technical means. The images are economically staged, usually somewhere between a static and an almost object-like calm, but sometimes their continuous flow is interrupted by a repetition or still image. The narrator speaks from OFF. Chapter 1 deals with sexual identity, whereby the man/artist speaks of himself as a woman/opera. Chapter 2 treats the staging using technical media. Chapter 3 varies the artistic positions once more with ironic switches: the knit cap smokes.

Rudolf Frieling



Videotape, U-Matic, color, sound, 12 min
The video has been realized at Museum Folkwang, Essen.

Courtesy Vidéo les Beaux Jours, la Maison de l’Image, Strasbourg and imai, inter media art institute, Düsseldorf

Museum Folkwang, Essen.
Fonds d'art contemporain de la Ville de Genève.
Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.


Düsseldorf 1988 (Wien 1988/1989. Paris 1989. Hamburg 1989. Saint-Étienne 1989). Genève 1999. Essen 2002. Paris 2002 (Strasbourg 2002. Liechtenstein 2002) Museum Folkwang, Essen


I: Bielefeld 1985, pp. 170-172. Düsseldorf 1988, pp. 10 2- 103. Genève 1999, pp. 47ff. Essen 2002, pp. 110-113. Paris 2002, pp. 92- 93

II: Kerner 2002, p. 31

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See Jochen Gerz, Texte , pp. 170-172 (Bielefeld 1985) for the German text.

For the English translation (extract) see cat. Düsseldorf 1988, pp. 102-103.

For the French translation see Jochen Gerz, De l’art, textes depuis 1969 , pp. 279-280 (Paris 1994 b).

My name is Jochen Gerz