Architectonic · Education · Games/Play · Human-ities · Public Space

Architektur für Kinder

Architektur für Kinder is an ongoing research project about the history of playgrounds and will transform into an international show in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh PA (June 2013).

Education · Human-ities · Performativity

Freedom to Learn: The roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning.

The Baining—one of the indigenous cultural groups of Papua New Guinea—have the reputation, at least among some researchers, of being the dullest culture on earth. Early in his career, in the 1920s, the famous British anthropologist Gregory Bateson spent 14 months among them, until he finally left in frustration. He called them “unstudiable,” because of their reluctance to say anything interesting about their lives and their failure to exhibit much activity beyond the mundane routines of daily work, and he later wrote that they lived “a drab and colorless existence.” Forty years later, Jeremy Pool, a graduate student in anthropology, spent more than a year living among them in the attempt to develop a doctoral dissertation. He too found almost nothing interesting to say about the Baining, and the experience caused him to leave anthropology and go into computer science. Finally, however, anthropologist Jane Fajans, now at Cornell University, figured out a way to study them.

Excerpt from a text written by Peter Gray, Psychology Today. Continue HERE
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Book-Text-Read-Zines · Design · Digital Media

Univers Revolved

Univers Revolved is a three-dimensional alphabet. It invites the reader to play with their imaginative mind and think beyond the conversation of their familiar reading method.

Architectonic · Performativity · Sculpt/Install

Vojtěch Fröhlich climbing thru the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague without touching the ground

Perhaps following his architecture-climbing predecessors, this is Vojtěch Fröhlich’s site-specific installation and performance climbing thru the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague without touching the ground.

Vojtěch Fröhlich, 2011. Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Matthew Barney, 2006. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Gordon Matta-Clark, 1973. Clocktower Building in Manhattan

Johnny Weissmuller, 1942. Tarzan’s New York Adventure

Charles Laughton, 1938. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Vojtěch Fröhlich

Design · Education · Games/Play · Performativity · Projects · Science · Sculpt/Install · Videos

Meet Arvind Gupta and his Toys from “Trash”

Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor that popularizes science. His series of films by Arvind Gupta Toys is absolutely wonderful.


Books on Education from Arvind Gupta

Architectonic · Performativity · Public Space · Sculpt/Install

Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project

The RedBall Project
: Artist Statement

Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if? As RedBall travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination. I have witnessed it across continents, diverse age spans, cultures, and languages, always issuing an invitation. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination.

– Kurt Perschke