NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (USA)
Client: Big Umbrella Festival
Program: A spontaneous playground and interactive urban experience for children and families
Is it utopian to turn the city into a field of experimentation and play? Is it possible to reimagine forgotten spaces throughout the city as playful collective experiences? Is it possible to reimagine the city as a playground?
We understand that this transformation should operate essentially from the public space. Public space is the meeting point where communities blend and mingle and where interaction, exchange and communication take place. A healthy public space is the celebration of diversity and a paradigm of democracy, enabling all sorts of expressions, uses and cultural manifestations. Public space becomes a medium, a tool, an enabler, where everybody should feel included and with the possibility of personalizing, manipulating and reclaiming it.
Public space must be reclaimed by those who make the most unprejudiced and free use of it: children. Just looking through children’s eyes we will be able to rediscover the city and transform it from a structural, and not merely aesthetic, point of view.
IDEAS SOUP creates possibilities for communicating and sharing ideas individually and collectively. It is at the same time the platform to dream about the future and potential scenarios that can then be shared, discussed and debated. The Lincoln Center open space will be transformed into a spontaneous playground through the use of interactive letters where children and their families will be able to experiment and create messages sharing their personal thoughts and ideas with the world.
IDEAS SOUP is not an installation, but an experience. A way of connecting to those around you and beyond. An interactive activity that engages you physically and mentally. A framework for children to express themselves and share their thoughts, dreams and expectations about the future.
All photos by Kylie Corwin.