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Featured: Gob Squad (Berlin & Nottingham)

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Gob Squad is a group of UK and German artists, working collectively with performance, theatre, installation and video since 1994. Based in Nottingham and Berlin the group makes and presents its work in urban sites such as offices, houses, shops, railway stations and hotels as well as in galleries and theatres.

Using the language of film, TV and pop music to explore the complexities and absurdities of life today, Gob Squad’s work is a search for beauty, meaning and humanity amongst the glittering facades and dark corners of contemporary culture.

Gob Squad often place home-made magic and spectacle next to the banality of everyday life, setting theatre and the “real world” on a collision course and capturing the results on video. Sometimes improvised, sometimes strictly choreographed, the work is provocative, entertaining and emotionally charged.

Gob Squad’s permanent members are Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. Other artists are invited to collaborate on particular projects. Current collaborators include Dariusz Kostyra, Ilia Papatheodorou, Erik Pold, Elyce Semenec, Sharon Smith, Nina Tecklenburg and Laura Tonke (performance), Sebastian Bark and Jeff McGrory (sound design) and Miles Chalcraft and Robert Shaw (video).


2012 Infinite Jest
2011 We are Gob Squad and so are you
2011 Are You With Us?
2011 Before Your Very Eyes
2010 Le Coup de Foudre
2010 Revolution Now!
2009 Live Long and Prosper
2008 Saving the World
2007 Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)
2006 Os Recrutas do Gob Squad Me The Monster
2005 King Kong Club
2004 Prater-Saga 3: In Diesem Kiez ist Der Teufel eine Goldmine
2004 Who Are You Wearing?
2003 Super Night Shot
2003 Room Service (Help Me Make It Through The Night)
2002 Welcome to our world… built with you in mind
2002 Neukölln sucht den Superstar
2001 The Great Outdoors
2001 Workshops and Lectures
2000 To@ster
2000 Where Do You Want To Go To Die?
2000 Say It Like You Mean It
1999 Safe
1998 What Are You Looking At?
1998 Stars And Their Pies
1998 Calling Laika
1998 I Can
1997 Close Enough To Kiss
1997 15 Minutes To Comply
1996 An Effortless Transaction
1995 Work
1994 House



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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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