Gob Squad (DE/UK)
Seven film sequences are reinterpreted and remade by seven performers in seven different locations in Berlin. The original and its copy are shown simultaneously on two screens, one a distorted mirror of the other, as in the game “find the differences”. The escalators of the central station are the mountains of the Far West, the fairground is the field of a historic battle, Pfennigland – a ‘Everything for a Euro’ type shop – is the interior of the spaceship Enterprise.
These are death scenes of great characters from cult films. Contemporary society no longer dwells on death. It announces it, shows it, but passes over it, there is no time to reflect, no time to assimilate, no time to pause. This installation works on that pause, on that missing time, and puts the spectator at the centre of this relationship-reaction.
In English and German, with Italian subtitles.
A project by Gob Squad Arts Collective developed and performed by Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will editing Sharon Smith with advice from Ute Schall sound Jeff McGrory colour correction Carsten Görtz production assistant Hilde Tuinstra interiors Annelies Puddy, Alfredo Martins Gob Squad producer Eva Hartmann with financial support from Berliner Kulturverwaltung thanks to all the shop assistants and security agents who turned a blind eye while we shot this film first screening 3. 12.2009 at HAU in Berlin/Germany