Society of 23's Trophy Game Room

Sunday, March 14, 2021

In 2008, Songco established the Society of 23 as a non-linear narrative documenting a secret brotherhood of 23 mysterious men — all portrayed by the artist himself. Within this safe space filled with recognition awards and leisurely activities, the Society of 23 reveals the complexities of constructing an identity of American greatness.

The “Society of 23’s Trophy Game Room” is a place where the brothers of the Society of 23 go to relax, play games, and bask in their awesomeness. The multimedia installation is packed with objects including recognition awards like trophies, plaques, medals, and ribbons; gameplay surfaces including a poker table, a beer pong table, and a bocce court; and portrait photographs printed on vinyl and fleece. Also on display is the video “The Fabulous Society of 23: Episode One” which is a reality show about the brotherhood recorded within the Trophy Game Room itself. This installation reveals the complexities of constructing an identity of American greatness that emphasizes value through leisure and competition.

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