Joana Serra Forasté and Urša Sekirnik: Fent cua / While waiting
Fent cua / While waiting is a new project by Urša Sekirnik and Joana Serra, an participatory performance that takes inspiration from the action of queueing and puts the experience of the public at the center of the research.
Queuing – an imposed break in our daily lives. A time in between, a non-time, an everyday action that puts our body in a very concrete state, forces us to stop and wait, and positions us in conditions of power or vulnerability depending on the context and the purpose of waiting in line.
At a first glance, queueing seems such an annoying every-day action, but the more one thinks about it, the more complex it gets, since all the notions and depths of the topic start to unfold. It is true that waiting in line is mostly a mundane act – we all wait at some point. Usually for something rather banal, when we wait at the checkout, in a traffic jam, at the post office, and we rarely stop to think and relativize this waiting, that is for many people not banal at all, as the wait can also be for an important operation, crossing the border, visa… Therefore, this every-day action raises many important topics such as social status, xenophobia, bureaucracy, gender, origin and discriminations of various kinds that the project wishes to address.
In our busy lives, waiting in line is an obstacle. It is not in accordance with the rhythm of our society, in which we always want to be served first, get to the goal the fastest way possible, achieve everything quickly. Waiting creates anxiety, it breaks our individualistic approach to life. It forces us to stop. So, could we instead of experiencing this imposed break as an annoyance, look at it differently? Could it be considered not as lost time, waisted in the expectation of something we want to achieve, get, accomplish, buy, but as time we gain, time that is given to us?
Exposing the above mentioned topics, the Fent Cua / While waiting project opens space and gives time for reflection on different aspects of queueing and waiting.
Queueing Survival Kit
In December, we planned the premiere of the Fent cua / While Waiting project, produced by Urša Sekirnik and Joana Serra, in the production of the Emanat Institute. As an alternative to the performance, the authors developed the Queueing Survival Kit, which comprises a booklet, audio material and a little surprise that can help you survive the excruciatingly annoying waiting.
So that the Kit could truly serve its purpose, the authors suggest that you take it with you next time you expect to wait for example at the bank, post office or the dentist’s.
You can order the package at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we recive the payment we will deliver the package. You can also order it as a gift and we will send it at desired address. You can get it for yourself, or surprise a friend that especially hates to wait.
Concept and performance: Joana Serra Forasté and Urša Sekirnik
Authorship: Joana Serra Forasté, Urša Sekirnik, Carlota Grau Bagès
Dramaturgy: Carlota Grau Bagès
Set design: Mercè Lucchetti and Joana Serra
Music: Joan Cot Ros
Technical director: Sergio Roca Saiz
Technical support: Janko Oven
Costume design: Urša Sekirnik
Photography and video: Nora Baylach
Graphic design: Špela Drašlar
Executive production: Sabrina Železnik
Coproduction: Antic Teatre, Espai de creació, Barcelona
l’Estruch – Espai de creació de les arts en viu, Sabadell
Festival Escena Poblenou, Barcelona
Partners: KUD NUM; Bunker / Old Power Station, Ljubljana; Secondary Preschool Education and Gimnazija Ljubljana; La Visiva, Barcelona; La Poderosa, Barcelona; JSKD – Public fund for cultural activities Republic of Slovenia
Financial support: City Municipality of Ljubljana and Ministry of Culture RS