Inside Richter’s set, motivational, neoliberal mantras such as “smile,” “think positive,” and “just be better every day” hang on the walls. These are occasionally repeated by the men, who appear to be more robotic and less human than the artificial intelligence—who like to throw a few jokes around. Whether this scene is paranoid or prophetic remains to be seen, but it would, perhaps, do better in front of a wider audience. “I would love for it to go beyond the fair,” Berg says. “We are actively exploring options with multiple theaters and hope to see it one day in the West End and Broadway.” What you get at Frieze is only a short version of a much longer play.
This is not the first time that Berg and Richter have crossed over to other disciplines. Berg, who has written 20 plays and 12 novels, admits that she has been taking inspiration from TV, film, fashion, science, politics, and contemporary art for some time now, while Richter is equally fond of cross-pollinating mediums. “Playing and staging are two very liberating activities for me,” says Richter, adding, “I find it very rewarding to leave my comfort zone.”