The Eccentric Universes of John Bock at the Fondazione Prada

The Eccentric Universes of John Bock at the Fondazione Prada
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A tent made of stuffed socks hosts an assemblage of dead tools. Two window displays show and hide, at the same time, their varied and surreal contents, while a cylindrical tent encloses a chair suspended by a chain. Among the absurd universes that contain the artistic language of John Bock, the spectator is the guest of honour, invited to wander along stairways, doors and tunnels, in spaces adorned with everyday objects, as well as found and discarded materials. Conceived by the German artist for the spaces of the Podium, the new project, at the Fondazione Prada, reflects a particular way of combining site-specific installations with performance elements. For the performances, which Bock calls “lectures” - really a parody of academic presentations - the artist transforms the ground floor of the Podium into an eccentric and surreal world, where black humour blends with everything from philosophy to economics, to music, crossing through fragments of the quotidian. The Next Quasi-Complex presents two large installations from the Collezione Prada. On one hand, the mobile stage of When I’m Looking into the Goat Cheese Baiser - a kaleidoscopic assemblage of scenic furnishings waiting only to come to life in the hands of the artist - on the other hand, Lütte mit Rucola, the installation inspired by the film of the same name which invites the audience to become witnesses to a macabre crime-scene. On 8 September 2018, the exhibition will host a performance during which John Bock and actors Lars Eidinger and Sonja Viegener will hit the stage of When I’m Looking into the Goat Cheese Baiser, moving around the Podium “like a fly around a carcass”.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano