Sick! Festival presents MINDSCAPES: While Waiting, Wait Here, Online

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Price: Free

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An illustration of an office. The walls are dark blue, and the furniture is dark green. In the middle is a filing cabinet with a stack of paper on top. Sheets of papers are flying out of the stack out through an open window at the left of the office.
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Accessing Universal Credit is a frustrating, dehumanising experience that can feel like you’re part of a terrible game.

While Waiting, Wait Here is an interactive website to be explored online which represents the experience of being stuck in a system, going around in circles, hitting dead ends and being constantly watched into a game.

Developed by artist Merel Smitt based on the stories of staff and service users at Yes Manchester, While Waiting, Wait Here has taken the reality of lives kept on hold and powerless to expose the systems, language and policies on which Universal Credit is based. It aims to start a conversation about whether these things can be changed to offer a more human and humane experience.

Merel Smitt is a Rotterdam-based artist interested in creating experiences which interfere with our daily lives. Because her work is research based, often immersive and in public spaces, audiences become part of it whether they know it or not. She collaborates with other creative people including performers, web developers and designers. Her work is informed by conversations with communities, activity, social workers and experts creating new, refreshing ways of looking at sometimes complex issues.

While Waiting, Wait Here Accessing Universal Credit is a frustrating, dehumanising experience that can feel like you’re part of a terrible game.

While Waiting, Wait Here is an interactive website to be explored online which represents the experience of being stuck in a system, going around in circles, hitting dead ends and being constantly watched into a game.

Developed by artist Merel Smitt based on the stories of staff and service users at Yes Manchester, While Waiting, Wait Here has taken the reality of lives kept on hold and powerless to expose the systems, language and policies on which Universal Credit is based. It aims to start a conversation about whether these things can be changed to offer a more human and humane experience.

Merel Smitt is a Rotterdam-based artist interested in creating experiences which interfere with our daily lives. Because her work is research based, often immersive and in public spaces, audiences become part of it whether they know it or not. She collaborates with other creative people including performers, web developers and designers. Her work is informed by conversations with communities, activity, social workers and experts creating new, refreshing ways of looking at sometimes complex issues.

Access:
Online. Supported by captioning. Further accessibility TBC

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Online

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