The Lobby

a break in the quarantine blues
a study of aloneness
what can give the sensation of home and connection however fleeting...

In the spring of 2020, Meg Stuart was invited by Haus der Kulturen der Welt to participate in the CC: World project. Various artists and researchers contributed personal letters, in the form of videos or essays, responding to the current state of the world. Stuart created four videos The Lobby, Intermission, Overtime and The Clock - exploring our changing relationship to time, together with a diverse group of collaborators.

The Lobby is set in the foyer of the iconic HKW building in Berlin, a modernist masterpiece built in the 1950s. Five people enter into a dialogue with its vast rooms and stylized interiors, normally crowded with eager anticipation, now eerily deserted. A different kind of tension is installed, a wait that is stretched indefinitely. Flirting with the solidity of walls and pillars, with angles and perspectives, they leave traces of presence and absence in this in-between space. Looking for connection, yet never quite meeting.

You can watch the videos on the HKW-website.


Directed by Meg Stuart
With Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Roger Sala Reyner, Isabela Fernandes Santana, Tiran Willemse and Sigal Zouk
Costumes Aino Laberenz
Music Hahn Rowe