Elevator (Portraits)

a part of the Raumlabor exhibition at LiFE, Saint Nazaire, France

close encounters

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 ”Join the dots”

to the work of Gary Hurst


It’s in Gary Hurst’s work , of course, not to paint-by - numbers , even if he puts some of his works based on this idea . Not an object , but the discrepancy between a text and an image was here at the beginning . It was about Andromeda . The constellation and a related text came for Gary Hurst just not together . From the stars of Andromeda he made quickly produce a new , his own image .

This approach to create from an existing system, a new image was for a series of works on the principle . It was based on not only constellations . Diagrams , radiographs and cartographic material served as the starting point for the drawings . By abstracting any references from these starting materials patterns that Gary Hurst but free association is by an imposed principle as points or by means of lines in his drawings in relationship arise .


Cora Hegewald


“Join the dots”

zu den Arbeiten von Gary Hurst


Es geht in Gary Hursts Arbeiten natürlich nicht um Malen-nach-Zahlen, auch wenn er etwas von dieser Idee seinen Arbeiten zugrunde legt. Nicht ein Gegenstand, sondern die Diskrepanz zwischen einem Text und einem Bild stand hier am Anfang. Es ging um Andromeda. Das Sternbild und ein zugehöriger Text kamen für Gary Hurst einfach nicht zusammen. Aus den Sternen der Andromeda machte er kurzerhand ein neues, sein eigenes Bild.


Dieses Vorgehen, aus einem bestehenden System ein neues Bild zu kreieren, wurde für eine Reihe von Arbeiten zum Prinzip. Grundlage bildeten nicht nur Sternbilder. Diagramme, Röntgenaufnahmen und kartographisches Material dienten als Ausgangspunkt für die Zeichnungen. Durch die Abstraktion jeglicher Referenzen aus diesen Ausgangsmaterialien ergeben sich Muster, die Gary Hurst nach einem auferlegten Prinzip aber frei assoziierend als Punkte oder mittels Linien in seinen Zeichnungen in Beziehung setzt.


Cora Hegewald

CAtArINa’s Dictionary - Book III (sketch)



“What are you writing?” I asked.

“This is my dictionary,” she said. “I write so that I don’t forget the words. I write all the illnesses I have now, and the illnesses I had as a child.”

“Why do you call it a dictionary?” I asked.

“Because it does not require anything from me, nothing. If it were mathematics, I would have to find a solution, an answer. Here, there is only one subject matter, from beginning till the end. . . I write it and read it.”

João Biehl & Catarina Inês Gomes Moraes

VITA Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment, p.71-72

 ‘CAtArINa’s Dictionary’ is a work in progress initially inspired by an essay by the anthropologist João Biehl ‘A Life: Between Psychiatric Drugs and Social Abandonment’. Struck by the dialogues and excerpts centring around the anthropologists main protagonist Catarina in his book ‘Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment’. In an appendix at the back of the book there are the 19 parts of Catarina’s dictionary. These texts address a universal spectrum of issues that include sexism, paternity, abuse and poverty, presented from a highly personal perspective. It is my hope to bring these texts to the fore in an installation and performance.

In memory of MR 2015



This work began in 2012 shortly after the sudden and unexpected death of a dear friend, Matthias Rick. Initially as a print and then this animation. Each layer is a chapter of The Work of Mourning by Jacques Derrida, which I read on the U8 between home and Tempelhofer Feld where we were building The World is not Fair - Die Große Weltausstellung

After the opening of the World is not Fair I stopped working on it, put it away and I never finished it – somehow I never found the space, could not access the loss. The video is finished, the loss remains.




 Matthias Rick 22 November 1965 – 28 April 2012

One-armed Bandit


The REMNANTS Project – Reverberations Conference

Hunting for treasures, or ‘Armenian gold’ as it is sometimes also referred to, is an affectively charged affair that becomes an obsession for many men throughout what was once also Western Armenia (current-day Northern Kurdistan or Eastern Turkey). It is an explorative and speculative endeavour that involves assembling social relations, technologies and knowledge towards the hope and promise of a redemptive discovery. Symbols of all kinds and historical periods, but preferably the Christian symbolism attached to remnants of Armenian life in the area become the target of treasure hunters. What they leave behind is rubble, sand and holes in the ground.

Alice von Bieberstein


Ravel is a video portrait of a family in the city of Mûş in Turkey.

The REMNANTS Project – Reverberations Conference

My house is my gold! 2015 (English-Turkish)


The REMNANTS Project – Reverberations Conference

Mapping Moabit



Kurt-Kurt / Art and Context City Laboratory in Berlin-Moabit, 4 - 21 September 2014

Moabit is re- surveyed and vanishes in abstraction. Unimagined connections and relationships are identified and yet conceal their origin. Gary Hurst’s drawings create a never before seen image of this remarkable island in the middle of Berlin.







Träume. Neue Dresdner erinnern sich

Das neue Deutschland

8. März bis 12. Oktober 2014
Ein Projekt des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums

Es ist eine Ausstellung mit statt über Migranten. Zu den beeindruckendsten Exponaten gehört eine Installation des Berliner Videokünstlers Gary Hurst. Überlebensgroß werden die Gesichter von zehn neuen Dresdnern mit Wurzeln im Westjordanland, Brasilien oder Vietnam an die Wand geworfen, dazu erzählen sie in einer Endlosschleife von ihren Hoffnungen, Enttäuschungen und Träumen. Da beklagt sich einer, dass die Deutschen „so wenig lachen“. Eine andere sagt: „Gesucht habe ich hier nichts, gefunden habe ich die Liebe – mehrmals.“ Und ein Dritter erklärt optimistisch: „In ein paar Jahren wird Deutschland noch multikultureller sein. Deutschland wird diese Fragen nicht mehr stellen, wer woher kommt.“
Ausstellung “Das neue Deutschland” in Dresden Stolz und Vorurteil
Der Tagesspiegel 18.03.2014 Christian Schröder


A walk through rooms one and two in the exhibition. There are two video installations by me.
“Unterwegs. Eine Filminstallation / On the move. A film installation” is based on an idea by by Arved Schultze.

March 8 to October 12, 2014
A project by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

PREFACE II be-imaged speech


Text is from the The Discourse on Language by Michel Foucault

Read by Elsa Houcade

video • gary hurst 2013



“The manifestation of a face is the first disclosure. Speaking is before anything else this way of coming from behind one’s appearance, behind one’s form, an openness in the openness.”
Emmanuel Lévinas - Meaning and Sense


In the video Preface II text appears in translation and partially reveals the speaker as she speaks. This video is concerned with translation, speech, writing - with the face being the first disclosure. Here, I am interested in language speaking through us; language revealing us.




This video opens the new production of RHEINPROMENADE - Ein Stück in siebenundzwanzig Szenen by Karl Otto Mühl at the Schauspiel Köln.
video • gary hurst

director • nora bussenius

sound design • markus trockel


PREFACE I be-imaged speech


somethings of nothing

hellerau dresdenjuly 1 & 2 2011

valentina càbro • choeography & dance

sascha henkel • music

gary hurst • video

The incredible 10

hurst • winterberg will be preforming at The incredible 10


hurst • winterberg


video • hurst

music • winterberg


video • hurst

music • winterberg

vertiges I

is one of three new works commissioned by comédie de caen for le tabularium from achive footage of the planning, construction and development of hérouville-saint-clair.

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 The audio in Vertige is samples from the narration of  Alain Resnais ’s Toute la mémoire du monde, which is about the organisation of the Bibliothèque Nationale (national library) from which I removed all references to the word Livre (book). The video is a reflection on utopian ideas of archive, organisation and architecture.


loss of breath

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video • hurst

music • winterberg

This is a 3 minute excerpt from the performance

at the staatsschauspielhaus dresden on the 03.04.09