Les Rencontres Internationales 2016
Submission by Wunderkind and Dögg Mósesdóttir
Waiting Room is an experimental video installation by three Icelandic artists; the performance duo WUNDERKIND, and filmmaker Dögg Mósesdóttir. It is loosely based on a performance titled Waiting which was presented by WUNDERKIND at Performance Art Oslo (PAO) in November 2015.
Waiting Room is a 25 minute long, three channel video installation - to be projected on three large surfaces or screens. Each background represents a different screen or “room”. We attached the video to this application in two formats; a single screen format, to make the work easier to view on a regular computer screen, and a three channel format, so that it is possible to view the work as a whole. We would like to point out that the video is still a work in progress, albeit quite far along. Aldís Snorradóttir, curator from Hverfisgallerí in Reykjavík, will be curating the work. She is currently in the process of scheduling viewings and venues for 2017.
The subject matter of Waiting Room, as the title indicates, examines the abstract meaning of waiting from a gender perspective. It is explored through three surreal characters, a male and two females. The characters are all comical concoctions of gender stereotypes, juggling within the realm of exhibitionism and voyeurism and the fringe of society. The female characters take on the time honoured role of women watching themselves being watched. An image reappearing over and over throughout history; ranging from myths, fine art, porn to the social media “selfie”. The male character represents the issue of the male as the observer and the familiar conflict of expressing feelings and masculinity - emphasising the human condition as a paradox one.