Whatever it was they were busy at

Das, worüber sie sich jeweils aufhielten

Ce qui les occupait

Photo/Text # 23

CR 157. Year 1973

Das Worüber Sie Sich Jeweile Aufhielten Photo T23 Jochen Gerz Cr 157 Web

Whatever it was they were busy at, it changed too quickly to put a name on it. Just looking at it, you could hardly make it out, let alone reproduce it. Being recognized would only distort it.



2 b+w photographs, text (handwritten with ink on cardboard and typed on paper), mounted on cardboard, wooden frame, 40 x 50 cm, stamped: vécu - non-vécu, Jochen Gerz, dated and signed: 23/11/73 Jochen Gerz

In addition to the German original a German exhibition version exists at Studio Gerz. As well English and French translations have been authorized.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


Basel 1974. Karlsruhe 1975 (Duisburg 1975. Braunschweig 1976)


I: Basel 1974, pp. 1-2. Lichtenberg 1974, pp. 56-57. Karlsruhe 1975a, p. 27. Bonn 1977, p. 15. Bonn 1978, p. 16. Bonn 1981, p. 49. Paris 1994a, p. 21

II: Metken 1975, p. 139

V: Metken 1977, p. 126

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My name is Jochen Gerz