4.11.2016, Kunsthalle Basel, SMC Basel #7
11.3.2017, Elisabethkirche, SMC Basel #8
9.9.2017, Offene Kirche Elisabethkirche, SMC Basel #9
Social Muscle Club is a group of international artists who have been working together in different forms since 2012 to change our usual habits of thinking and doing and ‘train the social muscle’. The club was founded for everyone in the global village seeking to support each other in a society in which one often feels alone. The club began in a Berlin living room and was inspired by a documentary about a workers club in Sheffield, English which promised ‘entertainment and mutual support’. As a contrast to stress and pressure to a capitalistic, competitive working world, the club offers a self-organised social net.
The Berlin founders of Social Muscle Club experienced personally the psychological effects of pressure to succeed, earn money, and fit in society. So they began practicing giving and receiving with friends and colleagues in their living room, in order to support each other. Since 2012 the club has grown exponentially and has reached thousands of people in ten international cities, including ongoing clubs in Berlin, Basel, Bristol, and Vienna. nThe club integrates people from different social backgrounds as well as people who normally don’t visit or participate in the theatre scene, out of which a growing international network of solidarity has been established.