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John G. Boehme



1.6. 16:00 live performance

Bandura performance is a part of the ongoing Social Contract series. This performance is an empirical investigation into Social Cognitive theory. Albert Bandura is, perhaps, best known for his role in developing social learning theory, an approach to child development which states that children develop through learning from other people around them. In particular, social learning theorists emphasize the role of observation and imitation of role models. In general, social development is seen as a continuous learning process, rather than as happening in stages. According to social contract theory (SCT), “morality consists in the set of rules governing behavior that rational people would accept, on the condition that others accept them as well.”
The performance utilizes various materials such as inflatable punching dummies/dolls, sunflower seeds and fat. These objects will be used for the intended purposes as a punching dummy, consumed seeds and lubricated fat. This work is part of the new series of performances artworks.


John G. Boehme is an artist and educator with German and Scottish herritage living in Canada (Victoria BC). Boehme’s early art practice included painting, sculpture, performance, video and digital technology, installation and photography. Boehme describes recent work as "trans-disciplinary" often employing performance, video, audio and objects in a number pieces simultaneously. Based on his observations, Boehme's focus is on the less considered compulsions of Western society, such as gender, masculinity, the valorization of labor, the pursuit of leisure, and the marshalling of amity. In these directions he explores language and paralanguage, that is, both the spoken and gestural aspects of human communication. Live artwork, in which there is a direct relationship with material, process and human interaction, is, according to Boehme, the most appropriate way to embody artistic meaning, which will be rendered ultimately in the social domain.

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