Madrid, ALCALÁ 31 Museum
Children Workshop in Sala Alcalá 31
In collaboration with: Cocoarte and Comunidad de Madrid
Director: Anupama Kundoo
Workshop assistants: Alba Balmaseda and Ariadna Barrio
Team design: Anupama Kundoo, Alba Balmaseda and Ariadna Barrio
During this three hour workshop children were able to create a play house of their own scale (1:2 of the adult scale version) by assembling empty carton units as building blocks, a familiar activity through previous memories of lego and similar blocks with the difference that this time it is in their own scale. On one hand children occupy the space of the house they have created and on the other hand they occupy the individual cartons to assign them a use for the various house hold functions such as cupboards, kitchen, storage, etc eliminating the need for most furniture. Gaps placed between the cartons serve as windows to bring in light into the house, while saving material.
This task activates the child’s imagination and creativity, as well as understanding of the relative sizes of things with respect to their body. The claimed spaces are spontaneously coloured brightly by the children to mark these as active areas, while the rest of the outside cartons are painted white. Spaces within walls accommodate domestic objects and flower arrangements, while some stand alone cartons are used as baby beds or planters.
Children experience space, materiality, structure and scale, through a simple 3 hour play session.