Home Visit USA
Rimini Protokoll, Home Visit Europe, 2015, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Pigi Psimenou
Home Visit USA, a participatory performance by internationally-renowned German-Swiss artist collective Rimini Protokoll, will premiere in January 2017 at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), as part of the exhibition, Rimini Protokoll: City as Stage. The performance involves small groups gathering together at private homes around Santa Barbara, experiencing cultural exchanges with strangers in improvised situations. Set around a living room table, audiences play a game in a conversational atmosphere where they talk about the ever-changing ideas of what defines our country—focusing on issues that include cultural identity, values, and borders.
During the performance, the artists juxtapose the rather abstract and often hyperbolized idea of national identity in the United States. What starts out feeling like a political gathering soon takes a turn: maps are spread out and an acoustic backdrop begins to emerge; challenges arise, and together, decisions are made. Personal anecdotes and the United States’ current political climate become intertwined.
For an insider view of Home Visit USA, check out this story from KCRW.
For more information about the work, which has been performed in twenty-three European cities in collaboration with numerous esteemed theater venues prior to its US premiere at MCASB, please visit the Home Visit Europe performance website.
Purchase tickets ($15):
Audience members must be age 18 or over
Notes about the performance:
Every performance will take place at a different person’s home.
Exact addresses of each residence will be provided to the ticketed guests (by email) in the week prior to each performance.
All performances will take place in Santa Barbara, so based on where you are located please plan on appropriate travel time to get to location.
Refunds & Cancellations
Tickets are non-refundable.
The success of the performance is dependent on a sold-out show of exactly 15 participants. Should you not be able to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately (at least 24 hours in advance).