“Awaiting” is a spatialised archive in VR documenting our encounters with the Anthropo-/ Techno-/ Capitalo-cene. Waiting on decisions, actions, changes, we find ourselves in a perpetual transitory state.

Fantasies of human-centric sustainable futures defer their visions to a time-to-come. In the meantime we are stuck, near-exhausted, waiting. Our time is a waiting room for this anticipated “cleaner”, “greener” future-bound fantasy. An era in-between, condemned as undurable, yet — geological time aside — here to stay within the foreseeable real-time of our human lives. What can we make of a transition that prevails in spite of its inherent contradictions?

In a time of looming doom and urgencies, our project serves as a spatialised archive documenting our encounters with realities of waiting.

The journey is circular, so expect to emerge back here.

Link to the Mozilla Hubs Room here:

“aWaiting” is a VR space, a series of 13 rooms, designed in Mozilla Hubs, which is a web-based social VR platform.
The project was conceived as part of the “Speculative Playrooms” program  by Kara Agora in collaboration with the designer Arthur Gouillart and researcher/ writer Alexandra Barancova under the mentorship of Nicolay Boyadjiev from the Strelka Institute in Moscow.

About Specualtive Playrooms
“Speculative playrooms is a virtual, interactive and immersive 3D environment presenting the vision of possible future in one or several aspect. It could be a virtual room, office, street, city or even planet with pre-made models and other multimedia assets that helps player/players get an idea of this future scenario. Comparing to video games about future, Speculative Playrooms putting more focus on a testing the concept of future than game mechanics. It’s not about winning or finishing the game, it’s more about getting into the situation of future presented by creators and interaction, observation, discussion, testing the concept of this future so that it could be better understood, evaluated, criticised or/and developed.”

Nikita Khudiakov