When he woke up

Als er aufwachte

Quand il se réveilla

Photo/Text #76

CR 210. Year 1976

Als Er Aufwachte Photo T76 Jochen Gerz Cr 210 Web

When he woke up, the meeting had left the room. How long he had slept for he did not know. The tables were covered with paper, even the floor was full of it. It was not possible to distinguish ...

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



7 framed b+w photographs, each 18,5 x 13,5 cm, 1 framed text (typed on paper), 13,5 x 18,5 cm, total 37,8 x 82,9 cm, non-exhibited left-right reversed manuscript (ink on paper), stamped: gelebt/nicht gelebt, signed and dated left-right reversed: Jochen Gerz 25/8/76

A framed German text exists at Studio Gerz in addition to the sold English version. A French translation has been authorized as well.

Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne.
Collection Robelin.
Museum Wiesbaden.


Gent 1977. Paris 1977. Hannover 1978. Saint-Étienne 1995


I: Hannover 1978, pp. 92-95. Spenge 1980, pp. 76-83. Saint-Étienne 1995, p. 166

II: Mulders 1978, p. 12

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My name is Jochen Gerz