Berlinische Gallery - John Bock: In the Moloch of the Presence of Being

The Berlin artist John Bock (b. 1965) has created his installation In the Moloch of the Presence of Being especially for the Berlinische Galerie, incorporating several of his existing works and film projections. This is the first time the globetrotting artist has staged a major exhibition in a Berlin museum, following the show FischGrätenMelkStand at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin which attracted so much attention in 2010.
John Bock is a performance artist and film maker who moreover sculpts, draws and writes. The opulent display at the Berlinische Galerie is at once a freak show, a theatre stage, an experimental laboratory and a cinema, and overwhelming in its baroque abundance of meanings. The objects, props and costumes which play a part in the proceedings, whether on film or as part of the live performance, mutate in Bock’s cosmos into unpredictable creatures, swelling, hatching, sprouting tentacles and seeking contact with the spectator. Every stage along the trail tells its own story. Together they create a circuit for visitors to circumnavigate in a spirit of discovery, becoming a part of the show as they go.
The exhibition will be on view until August 21, 2017

John Bock, Suggestion, 2012, Video, 16:40 Min., © John Bock, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Foto: Raphael Beinder
John Bock, Da-Dings-Da ist im Groß-Da da weil der Wurm im Moby Dick wohnt, 2014, Video, 25 Min., © John Bock, Courtesy Sprüth Magers
John Bock, Der magische Krug, 2013, Video, 15:50 Min., (Part of the installation Der magische Krug, 2013), © John Bock, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Foto: Martin Schlecht
John Bock, Escape, 2013, Video, 7:30 Min., © John Bock, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Anton Kern Gallery / Gió Marconi Gallery / Regen, Projects / Sadie Coles HQ, Foto: David Schultz
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