Presented by Performance Space

In Progress: The Wait of Expectation

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In Progress: The Wait of Expectation, Design by Sophie Penkethman-Young


Sophie Penkethman-Young

Dates & Session Times

Thursday 20 Oct - 6:00pm
Friday 21 Oct - 1:00pm
Saturday 22 Oct - 6:00pm




Friday 21st October, 1pm
Live captions

Lead Artist + Performer
Sophie Penkethman-Young

Technician + Collaborator
Charlie Kember

Harriet Gillies 

Andy Garvey + Ali Wan Hill

In Progress: The Wait of Expectation

This work is live streamed only, there is no on demand option.

In Progress: The Wait of Expectation
is a diary-like live video essay that looks at the techno-psychology of the loading bars and digital icons that placate us as we wait for our apps to load and our technology to come online. This witty digital performance examines what loading means and how its personality, quirks, smell and function have changed over time. The tumbling hourglass, the UberEats animation, the spinning wheel of death: all of these symbols seduce us into a spell that suggests progress is being made. However, they are a gateway into a false economy. 

Following its raucous debut as a work-in-progress at Performance Space’s LIVE DREAMS platform (2021), In Progress: The Wait of Expectation makes its world premiere in Liveworks as a fully-fledged digital performance, pushing the boundaries of the medium and inviting us to rethink our digital lives. Part MTV TRL showtime, part vaporwave mumblecore dystopia, In Progress: The Wait of Expectation is a deeply personal work that celebrates these tiny constructed moments of calm and questions our need for them.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Please note that this performance is a two tab / two window experience best viewed on Google Chrome via a desktop or laptop computer, and is not optimised for mobile.

General Admission
Full Price: $35+bf
Concession: $25+bf

Warnings: Adult themes including drug use and mental health.

In Progress: The Wait of Expectation was commissioned by Performance Space.

In Progress: The Wait of Expectation is supported by the Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Sydney.

This project was supported through a residency at Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney, and a residency at Brand X.

In Progress: The Wait of Expectation was supported by the New South Wales Government through the Create NSW Small Projects Grant.

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