The Gift

Das Geschenk

Le Cadeau

CR 874. Year 2008-2009

Wv 874 The Gift 010
Wv 874 The Gift 027
Wv 874 The Gift Le Cadeau 02
Wv 874 The Gift 028
Wv 874 The Gift 08
Wv 874 The Gift Le Cadeau 04
Wv 874 The Gift Le Cadeau 03
Wv 874 The Gift 009

    The various forms of the dialog create and give expression to awareness, and human awareness is the work’s true site.

    Andreas Hapkemeyer 1999

    The object of modernity - the closed artwork - is being staged performatively and concludes in an action. Since the 60s artists have not any longer only been producing isolated objects, but communicative acts. It is about an enormous transition from a culture of producers towards a culture of recipients, from the object towards the action, from the action towards the interaction between people and the object/machine.

    Peter Weibel 2004. Translated by eCR editors

    His basic idea is to turn receivers into givers. People who only take what is available and put up with what is happening to them loose the feeling of contributing something themselves, of being responsible and being able to have an impact.

    Hermann Pfütze 2006. Translated by eCR editors

    Sein Grundgedanke ist, aus Nehmern Geber zu machen. Leute die nur nehmen, was es gibt, und hinnehmen, was ihnen widerfährt, verlieren das Gefühl, selbst etwas geben, verantworten und bewirken zu können.

    Hermann Pfütze 2006

    Ultimately The Gift questions traditional ideas of authorship, but also of ownership through its final component: Each participant is invited to return to the museum at a later date to receive a (not his or her own) portrait. These works are considered to be „on permanent loan“ from the museum, extending the collection of a public institution out into the world of endless private installations in motion.

    Broad Art Museum Lansing, MI 2012/2013

    Public authorship

    Le Fresnoy, France. Dortmund, Germany. San Francisco, CA, USA. Lansing MI, USA 

    Le Fresnoy: 702 photographic portraits, each 60 x 50 cm, framed 
    Dortmund: 4889 photographic portraits, each 60 x 50 cm, framed 
    San Francisco: 1860 photographic portraits, each 60 x 50 cm, framed 
    Lansing: 1183 photographic portraits, each 60 x 50 cm, framed

    Working as a visiting professor at the National Studio of Contemporary Arts Le Fresnoy, Jochen Gerz proposed opening the doors of the studio to the regional community. The Nord Eclair newspaper ran full-page ads inviting the residents of Tourcoing, Roubaix, Lille and the area near the Franco-Belgian border to visit Le Fresnoy and have their portraits taken by young artists. The 702 portraits realised during the project were exhibited at the Fresnoy and distributed to the participants after the show. Each participant took home the portrait of another person. 

    In Dortmund, 4889 visitors to the VISION RUHR exhibition at the Zeche Zollern had their portraits taken by art students. After the exhibition, visitors here also agreed to take home the portrait of a stranger. All contributions were published in a 29-page insert of the daily newspaper Westfälische Rundschau. 

    During The Art of Participation exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 1860 visitors had their portraits taken as part of The Gift. The portraits were exhibited in the museum and published in The Examiner. At the end of the exhibition, participants received a portrait of a different person as a gift. 

    The distributed portraits remain part of the public collections of the organizing museums.

    Partners

    Le Fresnoy: Studio national des arts contemporains Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, Roubaix and Lille, Ecole Régionale des Beaux Arts de Dunkerque, photographers from the region, project laboratory with students from Fresnoy, Nord Éclair, Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine, La Caisse d’Epargne de Flandre, la Cité Numérique, l’ERSEP de Tourcoing 

    Dortmund: VISION.RUHR (Kulturbetriebe der Stadt Dortmund, Landschaftsverband Westfalen/Lippe, Westfälisches Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern II/IV Dortmund), Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund/project laboratory with 36 students from Fachhochschule Dortmund, Westfälische Rundschau 

    San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, project laboratory with students, The Examiner

    Lansing: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, project laboratory with students, City Pulse newspaper 

    Collections

    Le Fresnoy
    Dortmund U
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

    Participants

    702 Le Fresnoy
    4889 VISION RUHR
    1860 SF.MOMA 
    1183 Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Lansing

    Realisations

    Le Fresnoy, 30.3.-2.4.2000
    Dortmund, 20.5-20.8.2000
    San Francisco, 8.11.2008-8.2.2009
    Lansing, 29.10.2012

    Exhibitions

    Tourcoing 2000. Dortmund 2000. Frankfurt 2000. San Francisco 2008, Lansing 2012-2013

    Bibliography

    I: Tourcoing 2000. San Francisco 2008/London 2009 

    II: Ed. 2, 2000. Ed. 3, 2000. Ed. 4, 2000. Ed. 5, 2000. Red. 6, 2000. Ed. 7, 2000. Ed. 8, 2000. Ed. 9, 2000. Red. 1, 2008. Ed. 54, 2009. Ardenne 2000. Bréerette 2000. Danelzik-Brüggemann 2000. Defives 2000. Delevoye 2000. Imdahl 2000. Lettmann 2000. Mecklenbrauck 2000. Posca 2000. Restorff 2000. Rondeau 2000. Rousseau 2000. Sabéran 2000. Schmid 2000. Strecker 2000. Thély 2000. Wanzelius 1, 2000. Wanzelius 2, 2000. Wanzelius 3, 2000. Ed. 1, 2008. Cohen 2008. Ed. 54, 2009 

    IV: San Francisco 2008. East Lansing 2012 

    V: Delleaux 2010. Frieling 2010. Debary 2017

    Access general bibliography

    My name is Jochen Gerz