'Play Days' looks at the role of play in educating children, specifically focusing upon role play and the way in which children play pretend to learn scripts and interactions in order to integrate into society successfully. A secondary element to this is the imagination and creativity children are able to use whilst playing. This is manifested in a performance video piece, in which I attempt to role-play with my surroundings, utilizing tables and chairs to create situations. It is entirely unsuccessful and this highlights the impossibility of regressing to a child like state where we can forget the assigned meanings of objects creating an awkward tension between my discomfort and the viewers. The work is still in progress.
Emily Clemson • Philip Curnow • Nicola Dellard-Lyle • Julia Dudkowiak • James Head • Beverley Isaac • Aidan Mayne • Kate Mercer • Jason Peck • Sue Anne Phelan • Matt Simmons • Hannah Winston •