Welcome Home

CR 73. Year 1980

Wv 73 Welcome Home 131
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Wv 73 Welcome Home 138

Welcome home come inside/See the door we used to walk through all the time? /The sun is out inside/ Remember the laughter?/Of course you know my voice/Nothing has changed here & why don’t you come inside?/We could go & talk a while/This is my voice you are listening to/This is not the voice of the dodo bird/ & it happened maybe some time ago/Maybe far away/

Gerz pushes the people and chairs in the room farther and farther back, up against the walls and out of the room, without however being able to force everyone out. This new parable of the artist and his relationship to society and its members has a captivating existential dimension in that neither side, performer or audience, has any means of resolving the situation.

Friedemann Malsch 2002

In quite a number of Jochen Gerz's performances, the public can hardly be described as limited to the comfortable role of the spectator. … the public is called upon to participate in what is happening on stage (and the "stage" itself is sometimes located in the middle of the public), and not necessarily willingly, when they are "vigorously" shouted at, upset, prevented from sitting down, or even provoked, or yet again, shocked by what they see…(Welcome Home, 1980; We Are Coming, 1981; Pioniere!, 1982)…

Georges Heck 2002

In zahlreichen Performances von Jochen Gerz wird dem Publikum selten die komfortable Rolle des Zuschauers zugestanden. Er ist … eingeladen, am Geschehen auf der Bühne (manchmal mitten im Publikum) teilzunehmen. Nicht notwendigerweise auf eigenen Wunsch, wenn er mit Nachdruck angesprochen oder irritiert wird, gehindert wird sich zu setzen, sogar provoziert oder darüber hinaus von dem schockiert wird, was er sieht …( Welcome Home, 1980; We Are Coming, 1981; Pioniere!, 1982).

Georges Heck 2002



Reed mat, cassette recorder, cassette, cord 
Duration approx. 30 minutes

Jochen Gerz’s upper body and his arms, which are extended over his head, are wrapped in a reed mat. The rest of his body is nude. He rolls across the floor, making a path through the audience and pulling a cassette recorder on a cord behind him. Two female voices are heard from the recorder. Gerz tips over chairs and disturbs people in the audience, who attempt to move out of his way. 

The performance was documented as a video (686).


Basel, 12.6.1980. Karlsruhe 1980. Hamburg 1980


I: Bielefeld 1981, pp. 16, 63-70, 120. Berlin 1983b, p. 65. Bielefeld 1985, pp. 129-133, 214. Paris 1994a, pp. 264-272. Tel Aviv 1995, pp. 52 – 64. Paris 2002, p. 47

II: Burri 1980, pp. 20-21. Grasskamp 1980, pp. 252-254. Adame 1981, p. 67

V: Hundertmark 1980, pp. 30-36. Katalog Neue Poesie 1980, pp. 66-70. Grasskamp 1986, pp. 176-181. Wolf 1992, pp. 5-18, p. 186. Beck 1996, pp. 8-9


Video, 23 min (Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe)
Vidéo Les Beaux Jours, la Maison de l’Image, Strasbourg and imai, inter media art institute, Düsseldorf

My name is Jochen Gerz