JOHN BOCK | A Lecture & Film Retrospective

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JOHN BOCK | A Lecture & Film Retrospective | A Lecture on a city bus: 29.10.08, at 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, 16.30, Reservations: 210 52 32 222 & xyz(at)xyzprojects(dot)org | Film Retrospective: 30.10 – 05.11.08, MIKROKOSMOS cinema, Screenings daily at 21.00 & 23.00, except Monday 03.11 at 17.00 & 19.00 (For a detailed screenings program click here.)

XYZ are proud to present A Lecture by John Bock.
The Lecture will take place on board a city bus that will travel through the streets of downtown Athens, on Wednesday, October 29th 2008.

John Bock’s Lectures are performances where the artist uses his own sculptures as sets and props and his own manipulated words and invented language, admittedly frantic and devoid of ‘proper’ syntax, as a means to challenge and confront human relationships. Bock engages in a continuous role-playing of different illogical personae, interweaving stories and situations that emerge as absurd, often hilarious, sometimes threatening or violent, and poetic.

John Bock was born in 1965 in Gribbohm. He lives and works in Berlin.

The Lecture will be repeated four times, during four bus rides, at 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, and 16.30. The Lecture is open to the public and free of charge, but seating on each bus ride is limited and registration is required. The bus will pick up registered passengers / viewers of the Lecture at the designated times, in Othonos Street, Syntagma Square, in the centre of Athens, and will return there at the end of the Lecture. The Lecture will be filmed. Please contact us at +30 210 5232222 or at to make your free of charge reservation for the Lecture.

The Lecture by John Bock will be followed by a Retrospective of films by the artist, from October 30th to November 5th 2008, at Mikrokosmos Cinema. A different selection of a total of 29 varied short and feature-length films will be shown each day. The selection will be screened twice daily, at 21.00 and at 23.00, with the exception of the screening of November 3rd, which will take place at 17.00 and 19.00. Tickets for the Film Retrospective are available, to book in advance or to purchase on the day, at Mikrokosmos Cinema (106, Syngrou Ave., Athens, tel. +30 2109215305). Entrance to the Film Restrospective: euro 7.50, euro 5 (reduced), per screening. Week-long discount passes are also available.

For Media enquiries: Ms Vivian Efthimiopoulou at Stratego Communications on +30 210 7217771 or

This project is kindly supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Transport and Communication, The Goethe Institut, Athen, and the Athens Biennale Non Profit Organisation.

UPDATE: Images from the Lecture (photos by Jan Windszus):

UPDATE: Watch this interview by John Bock, on the "ElCulture" TV show. Intro in Greek, interview in English.