I've never had it so good. Sep 29, 2012
Andy Warhol, perhaps in some drug induced state, once said "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes". Little did he know that this weekend Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) would help him prove that to be true.
Before the show started members of Gob Squad guided the audience through the set of their own film shoot, whose live feed would be the entirety of the performance. Everything was set to remake three of Worhol's famous films. As audience members poked their heads around corners of these private rooms, Gob Squad was keeping a little secret- at some point throughout the night one of these innocent and tipsy viewers would replace each performer on stage.
I held my breathe as they scouted the audience during a pseudo audition for the right person to play themselves, hoping my 15 minutes might include a little less eyeliner. And although I wasn't one of the lucky four to be picked, I had the pleasure of seeing a good friend pop up in Gob Squad's Kitchen and I watched him intently, giggling at his reserved nature knowing that deep inside he was soaking up every second of it. Although most of us for better of for worse, stayed in the audience for the full length of the show I had the feeling everyone felt a little famous at the end of the night.
We were exposed to what it meant to be cool, to black and white stripes, to snorting instant coffee, to a first kiss and to all of the things that culminated in the 60's. All the things that turned priests into hippies. Maybe I would say I felt Almost Famous, but it had nothing to do with the 60's. Kitchen achieved what all good performance strives to do. Reaching to connect people with each other in order for them to connect to themselves. Watching amateurs on screen as they tried to inhabit the lives of other people was somehow one of the more gracefull things I've ever seen. Gob Squad gave up their stage, their creation, their baby and threw it into the unaware lives of people they'd never spoken to and that is why this show works. As I watched these audience members on each screen I saw glimpses of myself. I got a better picture of what I looked like, the way I might move, what I thought about the future, because I witnessed each of them inching to understand those things themselves.
Now I'm trying to decide who to thank, Andy Warhol or Gob Squad? Maybe neither. I have to thank those brave four who somehow made me famous through their 15 minutes.
If you want to be famous too, I think you'll have to go.