"The Next Quasi-Complex" is an exhibition conceived by the German artist John Bock (Gribbohm, 1965) for the Podium spaces. The project reflects the particular practice of the artist, who freely combines performative elements to sculpture and site-specific installation. The performances, which Bock calls "lectures", or parodies of academic presentations, take place in environments set up with everyday objects, found and waste materials, furniture and other elements, arranged to form absurd or illogical universes, in which visitors are invited to participate.
For this project Bock transforms the ground floor of the Podium into an eccentric and surreal world, a theater of the absurd in which weaves black humor and disciplines such as philosophy, economy, music, fashion and fragments of everyday life.
"The Next Quasi-Complex" presents two large installations from the Prada Collection: the mobile stage of When I'm Looking into the Goat Cheese Baiser (2001) and the lounge of Lütte mit Rucola (2006). New experimental architectures, fragments of walls, improvised structures and a selection of existing works are incorporated into the project, which unfolds around a central space along a circular path.
The objects on show are presented both as sets and as instruments for performances or come from the sets of films created by the artist. Assembled in installations, they give rise to what Bock calls a "summutation", ie the transformation of what remains after a lesson or the filming of a film.