As part of The Royal Geographical Society annual conference’s Walking Together as Research program – we shall be leading a ‘walkshop’ on Wednesday 29 August 2018 – join us if you can. Register here and watch this space for update (and photos).
CUT YOUR NOSE LIKE YOUR HAIR is the name of the article /review Jes Fernie has written about our work which is now published in Art and the Public Sphere Journal – Vol. 7.1
The review ends beautifully suggesting that our work is “designed to maximize certain degrees of freedom in the way it can be used. Players can explore all manner of worlds, including the idea of ‘publicness’; they can create their own publics with no sense that they are a vessel for corporate gain. Like projects and actions by the Dadaists, the SI and many performance artists, Play the City Now or Never aims to ‘unplay the dominant systems of control’ (Flanagan 2009: 189) and to re-inscribe power structures. In so doing, it has created a platform for subtle interventions, political awakening and radical acts”.
We love Jes’ writing and of course the title! to find out more you’ll have to access the review online. we are sorry about the paywall and hopefully you can access it through a library near you. Please get in touch if that is not the case.
We went back to lovely Yorkshire Sculpture Park on a sunny half term in May. This time we walked with cards but no props. We are in first stages of planning the production of a Mobile Art Object – watch this space for future developments in coming months as we work on a prototype- its going to be a fascinating journey!…
We don’t know about you- but for us the winter months are long, we do less walking, spend more time reflecting back and planning ahead for the start of new beginnings. We’ve had a great year (scroll down through previous posts to see what we’ve been up to) and its lovely to end it with some heartwarming feedback. Here are some of our favourite quotes:
‘I totally love seeing the transformation in people during a really short time where they become comfortable, chatty and confident to interact with the work. It’s good art!’ (Judith Merritt Head of Talks and Exhibitions, National Theatre Learning).
‘We loved doing the walks as a group. It gave us permission to play and our visit had a different feel this time..’ (Participants of Walk&Play YSP).
‘Over the course of the project, the artists worked with local community groups and individuals to develop and test the concepts of the game and the content of the app, ensuring both local relevance and user friendliness. The workshop activity offered a platform to engage the public in complex dialogues about the public realm, and the regulations that control it. Through playful and fun interactions and interventions, and using language that was very accessible, Idit and Helen managed to engage a diverse range of participants across ages, abilities and experiences. This included intergenerational groups, those with complex needs, those with English as a second language and those with no or very limited engagement with the arts. The project offered a new way to see the city centre, and gave permission to push the boundaries of what was deemed ‘acceptable’ or normative behaviour in increasingly managed and patrolled public spaces’. (Mark Richards, director METAL Peterborough).
‘I have lived in P’boro since 1970. Participation in this project has helped me look at the city differently. I’ve shared ideas about play and had conversations with people I would not have had otherwise.’ (City Resident, Play Peterborough Now Or Never!).
“I played [with your DIY die] this evening, not sure my neighbour enjoyed my smile though! ;-)” (Glen Stoker, Director, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent).
Wishing you all the very best of the season’s greetings and looking forward to more playing, walking, talking and reflecting in 2018!
We’re back from a wonderful week of ‘walk & play YSP!’. Four public walks that were well attended in perfect end of Summer weather allowed us to really explore YSP. We will be thinking about the next stage of our project in coming weeks – watch this space for updates! In the meantime here are some of the photos from our final walk – all by Julian Hughes.
Walk & Play (& Re Cap)
Getting ready to Walk & Play YSP! come and join us if you can-lots of walkshops to chose from (but places are going fast…). We’re keeping our fingers crossed for sunny weather. Watch this space for updates…
Now that we’ve been to Cambridge Junction’s Watch Out and launched Play Cambridge Now or Never, the App is available in three places (Southend and Peterborough being the other two)
Here are the links to download the app wherever you are:
Now go Play – it’s Now or Never! (and/or just download the app to see what its all about. There are maps and some clues in there- enjoy!)
Spring is in the air and we’ve been hard at it – walking the streets and plotting Play Cambridge Now or Never! which will be launched as part of Cambridge Junction’s Watch Out Festival on 27th May- join us to catch some of the 50 (! ) prompts dotted around the city to experience it as a playground – we promise you’ll see things you’ve never noticed before (if you’re a local) and get a different tour of Cambridge (if you’re a visitor) – Watch this space for download links (which will go live on 27th May).
We’re using the winter months to plan for forthcoming walkshops and events. Working on exciting stuff we cannot yet announce… In the meantime we’ll be at the National Theatre again (see lightbulb moments for highlights from last time) on Saturday 18th Feb 2017 so catch us there if you can (details and bookings here) or watch this space for updates later on in Spring…