Bazon Brock

Bazon Brock attended the universities of Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Zurich and studied Philosophy, Literature, Art History, Sociology and Political Science and also trained as a dramaturge at several theatres in Germany and Switzerland. In the sixties he became widely known as one of the leading German theoreticians of pop art and participated in many happenings, action teachings, and performances together with artists like Hundertwasser, Josef Beuys, Alan Karpow and Nam June Paik. Brock also published many radio and television plays and was simultaneously author, director and actor. In 1968 he initiated the visitors' schools at the documenta, the international exhibition of contemporary art that takes place in Kassel, Germany, every five years. From 1965 to 1978 Brock was lecturer of aesthetics at the Art Academy in Hamburg and from 1978 to 1981 at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 1980 Brock has been professor of aesthetics and communication design in the art and design department of the University of Wuppertal, Germany. Beside his teaching activities, Brock has published countless articles in art magazines and newspapers and has lectured and performed in about 600 exhibitions in museums and galleries and in film and television productions in many European countries, Japan and the U.S. In 1992 the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Switzerland, awarded Brock an honorary doctor's degree in technical sciences. Bazon Brock's writings on everyday aesthetics have so far been published as autobiographical work in progress in three extensive volumes and in several video films. Presently Brock concentrates his studies on neuronal aesthetics and imaging science.
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