In Western Society, Gob Squad zoom their camera directly into the centre of the western home.
By exploring the internet’s remote darkness, Gob Squad have brought back a tiny satellite, a fairly unspectacular unwatched video of an anonymous living room, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world. A picture that contains everything we have achieved. Everything that characterizes us and everything that separates us.
Gob Squad, dripping in bling, want to bring this little moment of lived reality back to life and they want to get the image just right. The performers search for answers, deconstruct the image into pieces, reconstructing and projecting their own stories and new interpretations into this tiny piece of history.
A few lucky audience members may win the chance to take part and to discover how it feels to be alone together and together alone. Western Society is a nightmare and a social utopia – too real, too fake, too familiar, too strange. A portrait of civilisation in the 21st century and an endless party which we have to keep running.
Concept and director: Gob Squad
Performance: Sean Patten, Tatiana Saphir, Bastian Trost, Simon Will
Sound design: Jeff McGrory
Video: Miles Chalcraft
Costumes: Emma Cattell, Kerstin Honeit
Technical management and lighting design: Chris Umney
Dramaturgy and production management: Christina Runge
Production assistant: Mat Hand
Assistance to the director: Sarah Sarina Rommedahl, Gwendolin van der Linde
Management: Eva Hartmann