Excerpt from press release
Born in 1965, John Bock became known in the mid 1990s for his performances, his so-called Lectures, as well as for his expansive installations, consisting of everyday objects and videos.
His early Lectures, which were a crossbreed of performance and academic lesson, focused mainly on economic themes (the artist had, in fact, studied economics and art at the University in Hamburg) and were subsequently combined with topics that were closer to the art world. In recent years, Bock’s practice has become more focused on the medium of film.
John Bock’s oeuvre is impossible to classify as it oscillates between theatre, performance, video, installation, sculpture and collage and is in constant interdisciplinary dialogue with economics, agriculture, music, fashion, philosophy, experimental language and popular culture.
Instead of working within predetermined categories, Bock’s work much rather serves in order to confuse the boundaries between different genres and to break them open.