I AM THE PROBLEM
There's nothing in this world which could not possibly make one feel guilty: procrastination on social networks, watching Netflix shows, eating meat, hanging up on parents, buying Huawei smartphone, expelling sudeten Germans and even feeling (or not) the guilt itself. Seminal performance "I am the problem" emerged from previous inquiries into manifestations of guilt on social networks, stemming from the clash between what we want to be and what we are. Theatre critics Irina Adreeva, Wayne Jordan and Tinka Avramova invite spectators for a 60 minute performance, to take a selfie of the shared emotion of guilt and, finally, to make an attempt to become a part of the solution rather than staying the part of the problem.
Performance is designed in a way, that it's almost akin to a mockumentary film: it plays around with identity of the performers, is filled by their personal confessions and stories only to contest them later, mixing reality and fiction together so they can no longer be separated. In front of the spectators, a bizarre space on the verge of theatre and psychotherapy opens: one being occupied by (re)productions of empty and meaningful gestures, honest opinions and virtue signallings alike.
Concept, direction, scenography: Jan Mocek
Acting: Irina Andreeva, Wayne Jordan, Tinka Avramova
Cooperating artists: Sodja lotker, Táňa Švehlová
Sound and light: Václav Hruška
Production: Táňa Švehlová
Photography: Adéla Vosičková
Projects of Jan Mocek occupy place on the border between theatre and visual arts. In his performances Mocek combines elements of popculture, politics and documentary, dealing with contemporary issues. His latest shows Zářící město (2015), Shadow Meadow (2017), Fatherland (2018), Virtual Ritual (2019) were introduced at foreign festivals, including Fast Forward Dresden, Submerge Digital Arts Festival, 4+4 Days in Motion, Use the City Košice and others. His works are introduced in cooperation with Táňa Švehlová as part of their own SixHouses production platform. Mocek is a member of In-Situ network.
Performance is supported by City of Prague, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Státní fond kultury fund and Život umělce foundation.