Waiting Room – Terike Haapoja & Laura Gustaffson

Waiting Room, Terike Haapoja & Laura Gustaffson
het Glazen Huis, September 8 – November 10, 2019

Waiting Room is a new work by Gustafsson&Haapoja, a collaboration between writer Laura Gustafsson and visual artist Terike Haapoja. Gustafsson&Haapoja’s work explores the value systems of institutions as well as paths to a world where not only humans, but life itself, is central. Industrial animal agriculture is the field of technology with the greatest impact on our relation to non-human species. The industry operates on the basis of a core logic dividing life into the active life of human agents and the passive, bare life of nonhuman animals. The factory farm is almost completely invisible to society, while at the same time its 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 explores the ways in which violence is normalized and made invisible by law and language.

Inside the glass pavilionthe viewer enters a space that is visually dominated by the landscape of the park outside, while an immersive soundscape creates an acoustic environment evoking the waiting area in which animals are enclosed before being taken to slaughter. The recorded soundscape is played back from 20 speakers in 1:1 scale so that it represents the authentic acoustic experience of the original space. A park, meanwhile, 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. Gustafsson&Haapoja playwith the double exposure of the park and the livestock industry, and the simultaneous invisibility and presence of the industrial factory farm/slaughterhouse complex.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium discussing how critique of institutions of Statesanctioned violence is suppressed through law and policy, and how to resist the system.


about the artists
Recent exhibition appearances and projects by Gustafsson&Haapoja include Taipei Biennial (2018, Taiwan); Turner Contemporary (2017, United Kingdom); Momentum Biennial (2017, Norway); and Suvilahti (2016, Finland). The duo have also produced a diversity of publications, including Museum of Nonhumanity(2019) and History According to Cattle(2015). They were awarded the Finnish State media art award in 2016 and the Kiila Prize for socially engaged art in 2014. 

Waiting Room is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Gemeente Amsterdam