Full length mix of one performance of Revolution Now! filmed at the ICA, London, 2010.
This DVD also includes Gob Squad Essentials, Thirty minutes of edited highlights of the company's current touring projects.
In these times of economic crisis, with uprisings in the Middle East and occupations in the heart of financial districts in very recent memory there's definitely the smell of revolution in the air. But is the time right for a revolution? Here and now? Aren't our lives a bit too comfortable to revolt? What would we be prepared to sacrifice for the cause? Are we, and the way we live our lives, part of the problem or part of the solution? And hasn't the meaning of the word 'revolutionary' been diluted a bit since it is used to sell everything from boy bands to nicotine chewing gum to toilet cleaner?
Brushing these doubts aside, Gob Squad have taken the first steps in inciting an uprising. Or at least rehearsing one so we can be ready when the time comes. A theatre has been stormed and is now the revolutionaries HQ. Access to props and therefore weapons, explosives and special effects have been secured. Gob Squad lock the audience into the building and open a live video link to a solitary TV on the street, broadcasting to the unsuspecting passers-by outside. "This is Gob Squad Underground TV, and we're not coming out until the world is ready to stop and listen. We're in here for as long as it takes..."
With the help of the audience, revolutionary moments are re-enacted, manifestos are debated, electric guitars are turned up to eleven and rousing songs are sung, all with the aim of inspiring one passer-by to stop, listen and join us. As the evening continues, the search for this one person to represent "The People" intensifies. It's all or nothing. It's Revolution Now!
The renewed interest in artistic practices as well as in institutional collaborations with artists seems to be driven by a positive vibe, by an interest in changing the governing structures...