PURGE – created and performed by Brian Lobel
Brian Lobel is the creator and victim of the world’s most brutal game of friendship maintenance. Last year, over 4 days of performance in public cafes, Brian talked about each of his 1342 facebook friends for 1 minute, after which time, a jury of strangers voting on whether to keep or delete.
The deleting was real, the pace maniacal, the decisions final.
PURGE recounts this life-altering experiment in a fast-paced, interactive and reflective lecture performance exploring where electronic friendship ends and real friendship begins, and if this is even a relevant distinction anymore.
PURGE has been performed in the London, Brighton, Manchester, Cambridge, Edinburgh, NYC, Paris, Brussels, Ghent, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Santarcangelo, Tromso, Bern and beyond.
"Probing the basis of why we choose people to befriend and why they want to be our friends is fascinating, and Lobel poses this idea with so much charm that you might feel that you want him to be your friend. Or do you?"
The Latest, Brighton (4.5 stars)