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Waiting Room (2021- 2022) 

Artistic research

Waiting Room is a process-oriented artistic research project investigating the notion of Otherness through the following topics: capitalism, feminism, and ecology. The objective of the project Waiting Room is to foster the links between art and culture, economy and democracy through the process of making a performance. It aims at democratization, empowering individuals and minorities through research and production in the connection between performance and new technologies.

A model of encountering


Waiting Room is a model of encounters between human beings and constructed environment. It is research into the conceived environment in relation to the shared movement practice. It is an experimental zone set up in an urban space waiting for absurdity to occur. It offers a physical and conceptual infrastructure, a transitory space for equal encounters between sound, image, movements, humans, and sensoria. At the same time, Waiting Room opens up a performative space for the companions and guests to be in conversation with each other. Waiting Room is not a definite statement, but a collective manifestation of thoughts with the intention to inspire one and another to reimage a different constellation of the current environment.

Key notions

  • Process

The essence of the project Waiting Room is the research process leading towards a performance.

  • Participatory

Throughout the project, activities will focus on the participation and engagement of the public.


  • Locality

A series of location-based artistic activities unfold in urban spaces allowing alternative narratives for social, democratic, and environmental renewal. 




                               How to open up an artistic process to engage conversations among peers from different disciplines?


                               How to profoundly engage local communities to arrive at a performance together?


                               What are the spaces in an urban setting that allows the knowledge exchange between strangers?


                               How can we situate our artistic practice in an ecological way for a local environment? 


                               How to move from experiences and narrations to the design of a project, choreography, and performance?




Play --> Documenting --> Performing -->  Designing

The knowledge exchange happens between the artists and the public. By opening up the research process, Waiting Room allows strange encounters to happen - an idea, a critic, an action, an image, a movement, a suggestion that may change the course of the project. In line with this thinking, Waiting Room focuses on areas of play/exploring, collecting/documenting, performing, and designing/developing to arrive collectively at alternative narratives.


Democratization of a performance

Sharing the artistic process among different groups of people opens up a space to play around the idea of ownership. By sharing the research process with the public in different settings, the final performance no longer belongs to the artists themselves, but rather the artists embodying the people in a multitude of spaces.


Outcomes of the research


1. Research archive, a written journal documenting methods and outcomes of the research. 

2. Sketch of a performance

Through the process of researching, Waiting Room becomes a performance that deals with the theme Otherness through mixed-media symbolism. It explores somatic movements in relationship to technology, situated environment and human conditions - working as a red thread that connects the entire performance. The performance depicts seemly absurd realities that share similarities to our current environment.


It is an open play constructed by a community of people. 

See a Work-in-progress show click: Here.

A performance contains three mini-episodes (names are subjects to change):

episode 1: Mary the Television [Sci-fi fantasy] (17 mins), 

episode 2: Suffocation of Womb [Female hysteria] (5 mins), 

episode 3: Bodies of Water [Ecological thinking] (7 mins).  


Yu Bai, (Research, Choreographer, Performer)

Pauline Kess, (Media, Installation)

Miša Skalskis, (Sound Design)

Charles Ménard-Wendling, (Research, Film)

Marja Matussek, (Performer)

Mayila Khodadin, (Performer)

Iris Ekelöf (Performer)

With the support of

Finnland Institut in Deutschland, Utrecht University, Heizhaus / PSR - Uferstudios GmbH.

Waiting Room site-specific exporientation
Waiting Room site-specific exporientation

In Picture: Mayila Khodadin

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Waiting Room site-specific exporientation
Waiting Room site-specific exporientation

In Picture: Iris Ekelöf

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Open Rehearsal
Open Rehearsal

Waiting Room hosts open rehearsals and facilitated conversations on queer ecology.

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Waiting Room site-specific exporientation
Waiting Room site-specific exporientation

In Picture: Mayila Khodadin

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