Der malende Mund

The Painting Mouth

La bouche qui peint

CR 58. Year 1978

Der Malende Mund Jochen Gerz Cr 58 6 Web
Der Malende Mund Jochen Gerz Cr 58 5 Web
Der Malende Mund Jochen Gerz Cr 58 4 Web
Der Malende Mund Jochen Gerz Cr 58 3 Web
Der Malende Mund Jochen Gerz Cr 58 2 Web
Der Malende Mund Jochen Gerz Cr 58 1 Web

    Performance ist bei Gerz Kritik am Bild, an der Scheinwirklichkeit der reproduzierenden Medien wie an der autonomen Wirklichkeit des Kunstwerks. Sie untergräbt den Glauben an die Verläßlichkeit des Bildes, indem sie das Bild auf den Vorgang, auf die Performance zurückführt, der es ursprünglich entstammt und in die es ständig einbezogen ist.

    Erich Franz 1981

    …. he painfully crawls towards the camera, the monitor mounted on his back, until the field of vision is entirely obliterated. With this act the artist is seeking to “liberate himself from the camera” and consequently from the image. He turns the video apparatus against itself, questioning its ability to reproduce reality.

    Lous Jonas 2015

    Categories

    Performance

    Video camera, monitor, brush, photographic opaque
    Duration approx. 30 minutes

    Jochen Gerz and a monitor complement one another in various different configurations (portrait, foetus, chair, birth, fist closed in greeting and a Nazi salute). These are recorded by a camera and played back on a monitor (closed circuit). The performance ends with Jochen Gerz crawling like a snail with the monitor on his back through the audience toward the camera at the other end of the room. He applies photographic opaque to the lens with a brush held in his mouth, thus obscuring his own image. 

    See the manuscript of the same title (657) as well as the video documentation (680).

    Realisations

    Wien 1978. Genève, 18.1.1979. Bonn 1979

    Bibliography

    I: Bremen 1978, p. 12. Luzern 1979, pp. 84-85. Paris 1979a, p. 26. Bielefeld 1981, pp. 14, 52-53, 112-114. Paris 1981a, p. 302. Zürich 1981, p. 226. Berlin 1983b, p. 65. Bielefeld 1985, p. 205. Zürich 1988, pp. 254-255. Düsseldorf 1991, p. 226. Berlin 1994, p. 60. Paris 1994a, p. 148

    II: Fritsch 1978, p. 5. Hoffmann 1978. Pohlen 1978. Glusberg 1, 1979, p. 42. Glusberg 2, 1979, p. 35. Red. 6, 1979, p. 17. Red. 7, 1979. Battcock 1980, p. 18. Red. 3, 1980. Red. 4, 1980. Cerni 1981, p. 13. Red. 12, 1981, p. 61. Kisters 1990, p. 142. Fricke 1994

    III: Gravel 1978, p. 50. Haase 1981, p. 52. Rogendörfer 1990, p. 230

    IV: Katalog Artistes et Professeurs Invités 1987, p. 34

    V: Molderings 1984, p. 175. Molderings 1985, p. 206. Wolf 1992, pp. 47-48, 196-197. Osswald 1994, pp. 69, 79. Frieling 1997, pp. 203 - 205, Media Art Net 2000

    Access general bibliography

    Documentation

    Video, 19:23 min (Galerie Ecart/Centre d'art contemporain, Genève)

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

    Exhibitions of the documentation

    Paris 1981. Zürich 1981. Bonn 1982. Zürich 1988. Berlin 1994

    My name is Jochen Gerz