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 worked as technical manager and lighting designer for Gob Squad since the autumn of 2011 on the following productions: Revolution Now, Western Society, War And Peace and Creation (Pictures For Dorian).
Lighting Design / Technical Management
Creation (Pictures For Dorian) : HAU2, Berlin, Germany (2020) The Arts Printing House, Vilnius, Lithuania; HAU2, Berlin, Germany (2019) Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany; Red Cat, Los Angeles, USA; Theater Rotterdam, Netherlands; Purcell Rooms, London, England; ACCA, Brighton, England; HAU2, Berlin, Germany (2018)
War And Peace (touring lighting design & technical management) : Hopkins Centre, Hanover, USA; Skirball Centre, New York, USA (2018) Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, England; Meyerhold Centre, Moscow, Russia (2017) CAMPO, Ghent, Belgium; The Malthouse, Melbourne, Australia; Centrum Kultury Lublin, Poland; Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England; Gessneralle, Zürich, Switzerland; Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany; Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany (2016)
Western Society : TNSJ, Porto, Portugal (2020) Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland (2019) Grand Theatre, Wuzhen, China; The German Theatre Hall, Timisoara, Romania; Teatre Contemporain, Montpellier, France (2017) Palace Grande Salle, Bethune, France (2016) David Byrne’s Meltdown, Purcell Rooms, London, England; Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany; Ringlokschuppen, Mülheim, Germany; CCA, Glasgow, Scotland; Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Skirball Centre, New York, USA; Gessneralle, Zürich, Switzerland (2015) MAC, Creteil, Paris, France: Redcat, Los Angeles, USA; Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Bogota, Colombia; The Space @ Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England; HAU2, Berlin, Germany; The Junction, Cambridge, England; Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, England; Poznan, Poland (2014) BRUT, Vienna, Austria; Spielart Festival, Muffathalle, Munich, Germany; HAU2, Berlin, Germany (2013)
Revolution Now! : Current, Chapel Hill, USA (2018) Triennale Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy (2017) Harstad, Norway (2016) Udine, Italy (2013); SESC Sao Paulo, Brazil; Uppsala, Sweden (2012); Beckett Theatre, Dublin, Ireland & Turin, Italy (2011)