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John Bock

Born, 1965 in Gribbohm, Germany

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“Scientific models of thought and visualization are just as much a fundamental part of John Bock’s actions”—which he calls “lectures””—as different theatre and performance traditions. Over the course of time, his works have become installations that fill entire rooms, used as stages for performances. At the beginning of every exhibit, Bock’s lecture “activates” the objects and structures. In what is frequently a multi-lingual, associative, non-logical form, Bock combines scientific nomenclature, literary fragments, and newly coined phrases into an absurd text, which always exposes and examines the failure of his own attempt “to turn theoretical minutia into practical greatness” (Bock).

For Documenta 11, Bock continues his work in combining theatre, performance, recording, direct contact with the audience, procedural action, and practical objects. In a large-size installation outdoors, Bock will stage a self-written play linked to numerous other structures and actions, spanning the entire period of the exhibition.”

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Kassel, Germany