alex mackenzie : mediaworks

waiting room, 2022

waiting room
16mm to digital
2022 & 2024 (sound version), 3 mins
This material-based film work speaks to the various states of tension, calm, frustration, apprehension, injustice, inequity, and struggle felt in our respective waiting rooms. 16mm found footage is manipulated using optical printing, layering and reprocessing. The simultaneous banality and stress of waiting undergoes a physical transformation into an active and highly charged materiality informed by our personal projections and desires. Premiered on the VanLive! video screen at Granville and Georgia (Vancouver, BC Canada) May 2 through June 5, 2022, this 2024 version is a new edit with sound. Originally commissioned for Platforms: We Are Here, Live by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program.