Videoart at Midnight #70: John Bock & SAFI & ABAY

11 Dec 2015

Kino Babylon

Berlin, Germany


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As conclusion of this year’s program we are delighted to present an exuberant clash of film, live concert and performance:


JOHN BOCK: PALMS (2007, 58 min), a road movie, shot on America’s West Coast and starring theatre and film actors Thomas Loibl and Rudolf Waldemar Brem, the film noir-inspired feature-length follows the journey of two German killers, as they navigate the physical and cultural landscape of Southern California—from iconic Schindler and Neutra residences in Los Angeles, to sleepy small-town bars in Twentynine Palms and the formidable site of Joshua Tree National Park. Dressed in matching black suits and sunglasses, the duo embark on a mission to find a mysterious man hiding out in the desert and encounter a number of intriguing figures along the way. Bock's combination of serious actors utilizing his contraptions in a completely deadpan manner and uttering his trademark nonsensical language with forethought and aptitude reveals that, both as a performer and as a director, he can be truly brilliant.

It is a must to experience SAFI life. A SAFI - concert reflects all aspects of their work: the absolute presence of her graceful appearance and her incredible force, she produces together with her two colleagues ( Matthias Becker , guitar / bass , Frank Semmer , drums). SAFI is loud and uncomfortable. In her crossings between Indi and Avant-Garde Punk she pics up the general uneasiness and the conflicts of our time and transforms them into pure energy. Her powerful music irritated by unfamiliar sounds and word formations die as associative sound bundle situations can be outlined as aggregate states

Many years as frontman of Blackmail and later KEN Aydo Abay recently came back with his new project ABAY. Already this spring at Kölnischer Kunstverein Aydo Abay gave a brilliant concert together with John Bock on the occasion of their Edition Fieber’s single release.

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