A sunny afternoon at the park and kids were playing with this large piece of fabric. It looked like a giant rubber band made of spandex. In this quasi-concentric space kids were bouncing against the inner wall and telling each other that they were slingshots when propelling themselves from the outside. They pulled and twisted the fabric in all possible directions. The fun lasted for hours and it went from peak energy levels where many shoes were lost to quiet times where they sat inside this ring figure. Although we were in this open space, the fabric created a more intimated environment where kids welcomed each other to play.
Later, the artist,Kaloyan Ivanov, explained me that the “Void Simulacrum” aims to incorporate willing spectators to be part of the artwork as each individual make their interpretation with action or behavior. He was very surprised how his artwork “was taken over by the kids!”
Playing is a verypowerful tool to promote inclusion and engagement. Collective experiences like this are greater starters for collaboration, acceptance, and confidence.