Video Opera

Video Opernhaus

Vidéo opéra

CR 691. Year 1982

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Stimme Gerz: Ich denke ich bin eine Frau
Ich denke ich bin in der Oper
Tonkasette: Opernarie
Stimme Gerz: Frauen klauen, Frauen klauen (singend)
Stimme Gerz: Nur du machst es richtig
nur du ...

After the performance-oriented tapes of the 1970s, Video Opera House marks Gerz's second attempt to reflect video as a narrative medium. The 3 chapters of the tape are realized with simple technical means. The images are economically staged, usually somewhere between a static and an almost object-like calm, but sometimes their continuous flow is interrupted by a repetition or still image. The narrator speaks from OFF. Chapter 1 deals with sexual identity, whereby the man/artist speaks of himself as a woman/opera. Chapter 2 treats the staging using technical media. Chapter 3 varies the artistic positions once more with ironic switches: the knit cap smokes.

Rudolf Frieling

Categories

Video

Videotape, U-Matic, color, sound, 12 min 

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

The video has been realized at Folkwang- Museum Essen.

Exhibitions

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

Bibliography

I: Bielefeld 1985, pp. 170-172. Düsseldorf 1988, pp. 10 2-  103. Genève 1999, pp. 47ff. Essen 2002, pp. 110-113. Paris  2002, pp. 92- 93 

II: Kerner 2002, p. 31  

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​Notes

See  Jochen Gerz, Texte , pp. 170-172 (Bielefeld 1985) for  the German text.  

For the English translation (extract) see cat. Düsseldorf 1988,  pp. 102-103.  

For the French translation see  Jochen Gerz, De l’art,  textes depuis 1969 , pp. 279-280 (Paris 1994 b).

My name is Jochen Gerz