WAIT (待て), a short film by Tim Dalzell, presents a created environment that feels uninhabitable, somewhat partly constructed or abandoned; buildings in this place have only the basic structure, they have been stripped of walls, floors and divisions. They provide no real function or purpose and don’t seem to fit in to a ‘place’ that we know; they are perhaps non-places, non-things.
“Non-places are sites such as stations, stadiums, airports and hotel lobbies all around the world, which resemble one another so closely that they are simultaneously everywhere and nowhere.” (This is The Flow, Rutger Wolfson, 2008)
Many of the structures display signs across their facade. The sheer size of these in relation to the rest of the building suggests they are of intense significance despite their short and simple nature. These words include the likes of ‘Wait’, ‘Yeah’, and ‘OK’. Signs are also displayed in Japanese to further confuse the language and location of this ‘city’ environment.
Through the course of the 7 minutes the film builds up an intense atmosphere causing the viewer to experience feelings of psychotropic disorientation as they try to make sense of the subliminal messaging and confusing visuals that they are bombarded with. Unsettling sound effects suggest that this is the remnants of a place that once existed, the aftermath of a dystopian future.