Verwisseling van de namen van de steden Rotterdam en Den Haag
Wim Gijzen, 1971, 2'00''

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From memory, Gijzen draws the outlines of Italy on a sheet of paper. He places the capital within the boundaries, but still, something is amiss… In the second work, he plants a place-name sign in a city. These two works are part of Gijzen's quest for the relationship between public space and names. Are names decisive for spaces? Do they define a space? And if so, what happens if you exchange one name for another? With these works, Gijzen also undermines the claim to truthfulness of the TV/video image.

  • Date: 1971
  • Length: 2'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: identity, television (subject), mass media, deconstruction, space