Thursday, 20 February 2014

On play

When reading about the Atelier Public event to be held at GoMA, I came across some interesting notes 'on play'.

playful curiosity
joyful reconstruction
play absorbs
PLAY SATURATES – a volatility in what play does that means it can be an escape from the norm
pure play has no rules
play transcends boundaries only to engender new ones
Proliferation of meaning of play renders play to mean nothing…can we work with play and no fixed meaning to work constantly int he present so that meaning is continually constructed?
Play is considered truthful
play to develop the self in social form
play guarantees modern values and attitudes
Play puts us in contact with the world
Play as aesthetic regulation and presentation
The destructive act – is it play or a reaction against repression?
Play is the ‘precondition’ for meaningful work
play implies freedom
curation implies constraint – crafted to give a rich and meaningful experience
play / institution as a site or production – cultural production is that what we are doing
play – an intervention of irrational thought into the layout of the norm
play forgets all moves that came before and destroys to begin again
If we look at play can we evolve a new way of experiencing art & translate the experience of art beyond the spectatorship of art?
Play as failures within the institution
Lessons of the camp in play…. Joy Division…. with the understanding that play is not necessarily something good
Learn to play love games… ie: operate in the space between love and existence and offer everything that is different…more eperiential and affects existence
‘Art is breaking rules – if you don’t break rules you don’t make art’
Make new rules
There are rules that hold the games and rules that transgress the game
PLAY creating conditions for unruliness and overstepping of boundaries
Institutions create the meaningful space for play to happen.
All museums are playful – they work with the space between the viewer and the object
Conditions for Play – conditions for questions – a moment in time…
Our use of play can be seen a colonial or patronising… do we seek t o claim it for a more grown up or serious canon… can we every just leave play to the children/experts
Play – openness and incompleteness& desire not to be finished

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