Terike Haapoja & Laura Gustaffson, Waiting Room

28 April – 23 June 2019
Terike Haapoja & Laura Gustaffson, Waiting Room



‘Waiting Room’ is a new work by Terike Haapoja and Laura Gustaffson. Terike Haapoja explores in all her work the value systems of our institutions, and looks into how we can develop a more inclusive society when not humans, but life itself, is central. The field of technology designing our relation to non-human species with most impact is the industrial animal production. In these spaces a division of life into the active life of human agents and the passive, bare life of nonhuman animals is the core logic on which the industry operates. The factory farm is almost completely invisible in the society, while at the same time it’s presence saturates every aspect of our world.

For Zone2Source the artists will create a sound installation in het Glazen Huis that will be accompanied by a textual work that looks at legislation as a medium to make things visible and invisible. Inside the pavilion the viewer enters a space that is visually dominated by the landscape of the park, while an immersive sound scape creates an acoustic environment of the area where animals wait before being brought to slaughter. The soundscape is recorded and played back from 20 speakers in 1:1 scale so that it represents the acoustic experience of the original space. A park is a representation of nature, that proposes a peaceful and natural relationship with humans and nonhumans. Thus, one function of the park is to help make invisible other, less peaceful forms of human-nonhuman interaction. The work of Gustafsson & Haapoja plays with the double exposure of the park and the animal industry, and the simultaneous invisibility and presence of the industrial factory farm/slaughterhouse complex.

During this exhibition a symposium will be organized around legislation and animals.

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish visual artist and Laura Gustafsson is a Finnish writer, who have been collaborating for a number of years. Exhibitions on which they have worked together are the Taipei Biennial (2018, Taiwan); Turner Contemporary (2017, United Kingdom); Momentum Biennial (2017, Norway); Suvilahti (2016, Finland) among others. They have also produced a diversity of publications, including The Trial Notes (upcoming); Museum of Nonhumanity (2018) and History of Others (2015). The duo won the Finnish State media art award and the Kiila-prize for socially engaged art.