Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Empedocles revised Mortal Philosopher embarrasses Mount Etna by throwing his shoes instead of himself into the crater, Reisseck 1984, Photo: Bazon Brock

March 2, 2006


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Bazon Brock, cultural critic, multi-media generalist, and artist without an oeuvre (B. Brock), is taking stock on the occasion of his 70th birthday, outlining eleven topologies during his 11-station Pleasure March through Theoretical Territory topologies he has explored in literature, theater, aesthetics, film, television, radio, action teaching, and exhibitions in the course of fifty years. Following, among other things, Brocks activities in the different cities and towns, the program will focus on a different issue at each venue: while the subject centered on will be Counter Facts | Good Friday Philosophy The Fascist as Democrat at the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, ( 2006) for example, Fininvest | God and Trash and Life as a Construction Site | Failure as Achievement are the subjects chosen for the Schirn ( 2006) and the Von-der-Heydt-Museum in Wuppertal ( 2006).

An art exhibition differs from a theoretical territory of aesthetics like a chemistry laboratory from a stand at a trade fair for household plastics. Brock works with the arts rather than just nailing them on the wall. His way of thinking about art opens up vast perspectives. Theorems like God and Trash or The Prohibited Worst Case demonstrate how arbitrariness can create connections and how eternity can be derived from a crisis of faith. Art teaches us to venerate what we fear; museums are temples for atheists who have declared their faith in art. Brock gives instructions for Fininvests that is, for investments in the end; he builds surviving units and recants the 20th century. These are action teachings of a special kind aimed at creating a permanent collection of burial objects for the sixty-eighters including a resurrection facility.

The exhibitions with eleven thematic islands each will be open at the times scheduled for the guided tours with Bazon Brock. The Forced March will take place in the afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m., the Pleasure March in the evening, from 6 to 10 p.m. Hopefully, both a friend and an enemy of Brocks work will enter into a discourse with the author in each place. The discourses have been organized by the Bonn society Join the Bazon Brock Loving Congregation registered since 1988.
BIOGRAPHY: Bazon Brock, born in 1936, studied German philology, philosophy, art history, and political sciences in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Zurich. During his university years, he also studied to become a dramaturge at the Landestheater Darmstadt. From 1969 on, he initiated first happenings together with Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, Hundertwasser, and Alan Kaprow. He held a professorship for non-normative aesthetics at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg from 1965 to 1978. In 1978, Brock was appointed professor for the theory of design at the College of Applied Arts in Vienna where he taught until 1981. From 1981 to 2000, he held a professorship for aesthetics and cultural education at Wuppertal University. He has organized visitor schools for the documenta in Kassel since 1968. Bazon Brock regards himself as an executive engine propagating his aesthetics of reception in the context of an unusual practice and theory and strives to reintegrate culture into the material process of life in a radical change. A generalist operating in many different media, Bazon Brock has published numerous books, papers, manifestoes, projects for radio and film and presented himself in the USA, Japan, and Europe with about 1600 action teachings, audio-visual performances, and happenings. Aesthetics as Communication. Biography of a Generalist (1977) is regarded as his main work. The focus of his present work is on neuronic aesthetics and imaging sciences. Brock is a member of Forscher-Familie bildende Wissenschaften, an association primarily concerned with cultural genetics and the development of concepts for the civilization of cultures.
INTERNET: Please visit,, and the websites of the various venues of the program for further information on the various stations or Everything you always learnt about Bazon Brock (but did not want to know) (B. Brock).
PUBLICATION: The entire project will be published by Peter Weibel in 2007; MIT Press will issue the English edition, Fink Verlag the German edition.
Bazon Brock.

STATIONS AND ISSUES: 2006 ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe
Counter Facts | Good Friday Philosophy The Fascist as Democrat 2006 Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Fininvest | God and Trash 2006 Museum Ludwig, Koeln
Musealization as Civilization Strategy | Avantgarde Arrièregarde Retrograde 2006 kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
The Self-bondaging Artist vs. the Self-creating Bohemian 2006 Von-der-Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
Life as a Construction Site | Failure as Achievement 2006 Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Surviving Unit Gorgonize Yourself! 2006 Haus der Kunst, Munich
Uchronia | Eternity management 2006 Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
A Serious Disgermanization | Recanting the 20th Century Museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig
Pathos Institute AZ Victim Olympics Perforum Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfaffikon (Switzerland)
Prohibited Worst Case | God-seeker Gangs Phoenix Art / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Art as a Critique of Evidences Enlightenment by Cognitive Fakes

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March 2, 2006

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