Whatever it was they were busy at

Das, worüber sie sich jeweils aufhielten

Ce qui les occupait

Photo/Text # 23

CR 157. Year 1973

Das, worüber sie sich jeweile aufhielten Photo T23 Jochen Gerz Cr 157 Web

Whatever it was they were busy at, it changed too quickly to put a name on it. Just looking at it, you could hardly make it out, let alone reproduce it. Being recognized would only distort it.



2 b+w photographs, text (handwritten with ink on cardboard and typed on paper), mounted on cardboard, wooden frame, 40 x 50 cm, stamped: vécu - non-vécu, Jochen Gerz, dated and signed: 23/11/73 Jochen Gerz

In addition to the German original a German exhibition version exists at Studio Gerz. As well English and French translations have been authorized.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz.


Basel 1974. Karlsruhe 1975 (Duisburg 1975. Braunschweig 1976)


I: Basel 1974, pp. 1-2. Lichtenberg 1974, pp. 56-57. Karlsruhe 1975a, p. 27. Bonn 1977, p. 15. Bonn 1978, p. 16. Bonn 1981, p. 49. Paris 1994a, p. 21

II: Metken 1975, p. 139

V: Metken 1977, p. 126. Klinge 2009, pp. 304-305

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My name is Jochen Gerz