Location: 123 Cuba Street, Cuba Mall, Wellington
Property Partner: Anonymous
Dates: 9-30 March, 2014
Images: Gabrielle McKone
From ages five to 82 they came in off the street and waited in this waiting room off Cuba Mall, recording their thoughts on camera and on the wall about waiting. Created by performance artist Victoria Singh The Waiting Room was a site specific public art project. The room was installed to look like a waiting room "locked in time". Everything in the room reflected time, patience and waiting - knitted toys, TIME magazines, a large clock and paintings that depicted the tides of time.... The public were invited to contemplate how long they have had to wait, and how waiting may have changed their life for better or for worse.
Footage from video interviews played in the space and was updated daily, the wall papered in hand written "waiting stories" grew. The space itself was also in waiting - for its new occupant. 100s of people waited, representing a diverse cross-section of culture and ethnicity. The duration of this project was 200 hours. The artist "waited" everyday during this period.
For a short Dominion Post documentary on the project visit here and for further information visit Singh's website www.waitingroom.info. A review of the project can found online at leading critical art website eyecontactsite.com here.