Gob Squad are a group of UK and German artists. They make performances and videos which search for beauty in the everyday, and look for words of wisdom from a passing stranger. Gob Squad are an artists collective, the 7 core members working collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of their work. Other artists, performers and technicians are invited to collaborate on particular projects.
They aim to explore the point where theatre meets art, media and real life. As well as theatres and galleries, Gob Squad place their work at the heart of urban life – in houses, shops, underground stations, car parks, hotels or directly on the street. Everyday life and magic, banality and utopia, reality and entertainment are all set on a collision course and the audience are often asked to step beyond their traditional role as passive spectators and bear witness to the results.
Gob Squad started the company in Nottingham in 1994 but are now more or less based in Berlin, although they regularly make and present work in the UK, organised through the Nottingham office. Their work is regularly shown throughout Europe, and has toured to all the continents apart from Antarctica.
I have been working as technical manager and lighting designer for Gob Squad since the autumn of 2011 on the following productions: Revolution Now, Western Society, and War And Peace. We premiered a new show, Creation (Pictures For Dorian), at HAU2 in Berlin in May 2018 that we will be touring internationally throughout 2019.