Ti Amo

CR 695. Year 1985

Wv 701 Ti Amo Farbig 1985

    “Ti amo” – not a declaration of love, rather a model for the fascination with life which only art can express.

    Friedemann Malsch 1988

    The reality which the words inscribe on time is opposed to the direct expression of the sense of being alive. Two worlds, which have so little in common, but which are so familiar to us and which we allow to exist in our perception, dwelling easily one beside the next, so that they can, as it were, enter into a relation with each other through us. And that is one of the few pairs of opposites that Gerz allows to exist in his work. For generally what predominates there is the connecting link, the indivisible element, between quite different things as well, as if they were complementary to each other, in order to evade any claims from outside. The arbitrary order, set by writing, is restrictive, it twists the open perception. Would it be better to keep silent?

    Friedemann Malsch 1988



    Videotape, U-Matic, color, sound, 19 min 15sec Courtesy Vidéo les Beaux Jours, la Maison de l’Image, Strasbourg and imai, inter media art institute, Düsseldorf

    The video has been recorded at the École des Beaux-Arts in Reims.


    Düsseldorf 1988 (Wien 1988/1989. Paris 1989. Hamburg 1989. Saint-Etienne 1989). Genève 1999. Essen 2002. Paris 2002 (Strasbourg 2002. Liechtenstein 2002)


    I: Düsseldorf 1988, pp. 44-45. Genève 1999, p. 47. Essen 2002, pp.124-125. Paris 2002, pp. 94-95

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    My name is Jochen Gerz