The Art Workshop 2005 focused on the notions of “waiting” in our post-modern society. In the face of a culture dominated by immediacy and speed, waiting and inertia are often experienced as a failure or waste of time. Today, the fast-food and zapping generation—more than ever at a loss with regards to a sense of time and duration—apparently strives to escape the rhythm of nature or of daily life by means of an acceleration of gestures. Nonetheless, waiting is omnipresent in real life, including our spiritual and existential worlds.

The workshop aimed at offering a platform for discussion and exchange as well as for interpretation and reflection that allowed to look at contemporary artistic creation within the context of the “waiting” theme. It addressed twelve young international artists and art students (Bachelor at least) from different countries. The participants had free accommodation and free access to the exhibitions and the documentation centre of Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain.

The goals were to further creative and intellectual exchange, to confront young artists and art students with contemporary creation, to create a European platform for research, reflection and the study of contemporary art. Finally it allowed young artists to present their own work and to discuss it with contemporary art professionals as well as with other young artists from different cultural backgrounds. At the end of the workshop, the intellectual and artistic results were presented in an exhibition at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain.