By Jen Edgar – part of the Playground Project
Yarla lives in the woods. It is Winter time, and so he is listening.
He can hear the wind in the trees, the birds in the sky, and the cracks and crunches of the woodland floor. But Yarla is only listening to the sounds of the sticks… and they are calling to him.
Welcome to a place where your footsteps make sounds and your movements animate the space. Welcome to the Sonic Playground, an interactive installation for young children aged 2+ and their carers. A space filled with music and electronic sounds to play amongst.
The News and Weather is a short film created by children from 6 nurseries in Falkirk and East Glasgow, assisted by Starcatchers Associate Artists Matt Addicott and Katy Wilson and filmmaker Joanna Susskind from digital and analogue artists collective Toad’s Caravan.
A visual art and sound installation for babies and toddlers aged 0-2 and their families. Together they will enter a magical world of colourful, dancing projections underscored with tinkly electronic music. Given space to explore and play, the children are free to let the environment spark their imaginations.
This is an environment with no instructions. It has been designed as a space for adult and child to explore together.
Grandma and Lucy are up in the attic where all the memories are stored.
Hidden in dusty containers at the top of the house, they have been waiting a long time to come out and play. Come up the stairs, blow away the cobwebs and peep into the boxes. Who knows what might happen when the sleepy attic comes to life.
Professor Katy and Doctor Matt have tried almost everything they can think of to make the biggest Hoover the world has ever seen.
They’ve got safety specs.
A big space.
And a ton of small explosives. All they need now is small children to help out.
Elf Experiment was an exploratory performance workshop which visited nurseries across East Glasgow. Created by Matt Addicott and incorporating other performers and musicians, it allowed the artists to draw on the responses of the children to inform the development of the workshops.
We set out to explore new ways of bringing creativity into the crèche, using extended in-role improvisation, principles of naive play and a child led narrative. In other words we made a spaceship, dressed up and pretended to be aliens living in the crèche with children aged 0-4 for a week to see what the response would be and to listen to their suggestions to move the story on.
Will You Be My Guinea Pig? was an interactive installation involving live drawing, music, projection and a giant guinea pig.
Sprog Rock brought together a range of musicians who hadn’t created or worked with this age group before. They played music not created specifically for the event, but some of their own work which they thought would be appropriate for the audience. The music was accompanied by animations projected onto the walls.