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Overview

John Bock: Films by John Bock, Joachim Jager

John Bock, the German sculptor and performance artist, born in 1965, is known for his spectacular, comically grotesque action art, which comments energetically on everything from aesthetics and politics to society and pseudo-science. His work has been compared to the post-war, post-Dada Theater of the Absurd of the 1940s, 50s and 60s--an avant garde movement that attempted to shock its audiences into facing life's ultimate, bleak reality by creating independent meaning in the face of the apparent, inherent lack thereof. It only makes sense that Bock has increasingly turned towards film in recent years. This special edition artist's book, with its exposed, sewn binding and enigmatic white cover, provides an overview of Bock's first short videos alongside his longer narrative films, featuring real actors and sets. Collectively, the film work is considered both technically and aesthetically, from art historical and cinematographic perspectives. Film stills, set photography and texts illustrate the individual works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783865602619
Publisher: Walther König, Köln
Publication date: 01/15/2008
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Bock was born in 1965 in Gribbohm, Germany. He began studies in business at the University of Hamburg, but soon switched to studying art there. His work has been exhibited widely, icluding at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City.

Max Hollein is the director of the Schirn Kunstahalle, Germany, and was the United States Commissioner to the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale.

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