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Real Virtualities: Gob Squad Goes VR

14.02.2017 - Sean Patten, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, moderated by Friedrich Kirschner

As a new technology hyped to go mainstream in the near future, Virtual Reality is all the buzz. But the practice of ascribing the spectator an active role is long familiar from the worlds of performance art. Since 1994, much beloved British-German collective Gob Squad has probed the intersections of these fields. Through their simulations of social situations, as well as their non-linear narrations with multiple outcomes, Gob Squad indirectly comments on potentials for role-reversal and agency in VR. In this interactive session, members of the collective share their creative processes and express solidarity with those who also ask themselves what the heck is going on behind these goggles.



Experts of this programme event:

Sean Patten


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Sean Patten is a founding member of Gob Squad, which was started by art students at Nottingham Trent University. He works full-time for Gob Squad, but has also recently performed in Tatjana Turanskyj’s film THE DRIFTER and I NEED TO REJUVENATE MYSELF ARTISTICALLY by Christine Groß and Ute Schall.


Sarah Thom


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After a misspent youth, Sarah Thom was accepted on Nottingham Trent University’s Contemporary Arts BA at the age of 30, leaving university with first class honours. She is a founding member of Gob Squad, works on independent visual art projects and teaches part-time.


Bastian Trost


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Bastian Trost is a film actor and member of Gob Squad. Since his debut in MARIE’S SONG in 1995, he has appeared in films such as THE LIVES OF OTHERS, SLEEPER, GANZ NAH BEI DIR and TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY, which screened at the 2015 Berlinale. He alternates between screen roles and touring the world with Gob Squad.



Moderated by

Friedrich Kirschner


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Friedrich Kirschner is a director, visual artist and software developer. He re-purposes computer games and real-time animation techniques to create animated short films, interactive installations and participatory performances. Since 2012 he has been a Professor for Digital Media in Puppetry at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin. His work has been shown and performed at various international animation festivals.