A waiting room, tables, chairs, reception. Forms, applications, questionnaires. You take a place, waiting for your turn. Your name is called and you are led to a different space. Behind the door is your interview partner. It may be an interviewer, your best friend, a trader, a dancer, an actor, maybe even yourself – you never know what to expect.


The Waiting Room opens space for encounters between strangers and it plays with the social rules of curiosity and interest, everyday behaviour and communication. You always come back to where you started: the waiting room, which itself becomes the space for mixing up the impressions and suspending the patterns.


Ein Wartezimmer. Eine lange Reihe von Stühlen. Ein Empfang. Formulare, Anträge, Fragebögen. Man nimmt Platz, wartet, bis man an der Reihe ist. Dann wird man aufgerufen, und man klopft an eine der Türen. Dahinter erwartet der Gesprächspartner bereits seinen Gast. Man ist nun dran beim Sachbearbeiter oder Vorgesetzten, beim Interviewer oder Berater, beim Gastgeber oder Bittsteller, ohne zu wissen, was einen erwartet.


"The Waiting Room" öffnet Räume für Begegnungen zwischen Fremden und spielt mit den darin aufblitzenden sozialen Regeln von Neugierde und Interesse, von Austauschen und Täuschen, von Verhalten und Verhandeln. Am Ende kehrt man immer wieder in dorthin zurück, wo alles seinen Ausgang genommen hat: im Wartezimmer. Bringen Sie daher etwas Zeit mit, bis es heißt: Der Nächste bitte!

Previous Events

20/09/2014
Degrowth Performance Project

A waiting room and a reception, forms and questionnaires. You sit and wait until you are asked to enter one of the surrounding rooms. What happens in there? You might meet an advisor or a visionary, find yourself in an ...

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21/06/2012
Agora Collective

A waiting room, tables, chairs, reception. Forms, applications, questionnaires. You take a place, waiting for your turn. Your name is called and you are led to a different space. Behind the door is your interview partner. It may be an ...

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25/12/2012
Tanznacht

For this iteration of The Waiting Room hosted at Tanznacht festival we will invite people from outside the dance scene and give them full carte blanche on the experiences they can create during the four hours we have at the ...

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17/06/2012
Flutgraben

    We used the last standing building of Berlin wall as the location for this event. Flutgraben used to be a bus depot, a factory, and the East Berlin army headquarters. The ...

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21/10/2010
Direktorenhaus

Direktorenhaus used to be a bank before and was even used as an interrogation space. Inspired by the architecture of the building, we used the main hall of the space as the waiting room and the various offices inside the ...

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