The Wager – first instalment
Limited performances November 2018
Every day we’re faced with information that either confirms or challenges what we hold to be true. When we’re forced to make critical choices we end up betting a lot on the correctness of our worldview.
The Wager’s exploration was inspired by the real-life story of a nineteenth century scientist who accepted a wager to prove that the earth isn’t flat. While he irrefutably won the bet, the flat-earthers refused to see the evidence for what it was and proceeded to ruin the scientist’s life with harassment, lawsuits and death threats.
Today’s wagers are between scientists and climate-change deniers, doctors and anti-vaxers, journalists and fact-denying politicians. Suspicion of well established facts corrupt large portions of the population, yet the stakes have never been higher as we gamble with the future of our planet.
In The Wager, Gargantua’s award-winning artists explore the mechanisms that cause us to cling to what we think we know – even in the face of irrefutable contrary evidence – and what’s at stake in getting at the truth for all of us.