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John Bock

Curve-Vehicle incl. π- Man-(.)

Sculpture by John Bock

A modified mobile home landed like an alien space ship in the middle of The Curve in Berlin-based artist John Bock’s installation.

The internationally-acclaimed, Berlin-based artist John Bock is renowned for his surreal installations combining performance, sculpture and film. Drawing on an idiosyncratic range of interests, Bock creates an absurd amalgamation of references from the disciplines of economics, fashion, film, politics, philosophy and music, among others.

Suspended from The Curve’s ceiling, Bock’s make-shift architectural structures housed various enterprises: a pub, a noodle restaurant and shops. Resembling a utopian, plug-in city constructed of found materials and handmade elements, the installation alluded to the original plan for the Barbican’s Frobisher Crescent which was to include a shopping arcade above The Curve.

Live performances by Bock and other actors periodically animated the installation and could be viewed on screens in the gallery.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Additional support provided by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), German Embassy London and Think German.