I focus on the aesthetics and apparatuses of waiting with this interactive installation, The Waiting Room. Waiting is an act that all humans have in common in this age of global capitalism. We wait for planes, buses, prescriptions, meetings, appointments, paperwork, jobs, degrees, and so on. The act of waiting seems to hold promise, as if we will be rewarded at the end of our wait, which we sometimes are.
Waiting can be a hopeful act; however, the act of waiting can also be disenchanting as it drags on to a point that feels unacceptable given preconceived expectations.
The presence of a waiting area triggers a number of intriguing reactions in passersby and participants. Some feel guilt as they assume they have cut in line while others feel an urgency to join as if they have arrived late. Some simply ignore the line and do not question its presence. All of these reactions are triggered by the presentation of the same situation, and are conditioned into humans by day-to-day activities and interactions. These reactions are products of a shared culture of delay we have come to accept.