Interactive Playground is a special educational programme addressed to preschoolers and students of elementary schools (including special schools), which will be held in Workshops of Culture from September 2 to October 10
Interactive Playground is an educational project in which participants are invited to create space and their own miniature works of art. Through activating imagination and play, it seeks to combine innovative, artistic and educational elements. The exhibtion teaches practical approaches to art. One of the most important aspects of the exhibition is its creative employment of modern tools and media, such as camera, computer or motion sensors, which encourages children to experiment and familiarise themselves with complex technologies.
The installations which make up the exhibition affect many senses: sight, hearing, smell and touch Children learn about perspective, texture, line or colour mixing. In a sense, Interactive Playground may well be called a laboratory, a space for youngsters to experiment and subsequently observe the effects and results of their actions. Through play, the project intends to engage the audience and incite their imagination.
“Interactive Playground” consists of 6 basic modules called STATIONS:
1. RGB (Red, Green, Blue) – RGB is an installation consisting of 9 transparent cubes in basic colours. The main idea is for the audience to look for colours. Children move in the colourful labirynth observing the diffusion and mixing of colours.
2.Textures – the installation offers an opportunity to attempt to interpret acoustic, visual and tactile sensations. By touching rocks, bark, water and vapour, all placed in small containers, you can create an image which is then projected on a wall screen alongside a soundtrack consisting of nature soundscapes. Motion sensors register the hands placed on one of five surfaces. A signal, which starts a large format projection is sent to the computer. The children can then see animations of the ever changeable Nature. Depending on several factors- the amount or quality of screened images- we may observe new combinations, which blend in to complete the scenery. You may evoke a storm on screen or observe the sky changing from a sunny dawn through cloudy afternoon and colourful sunset.
3. Light painting (gesture play) – this part of the exhibition involves light painting. The audience create their own independent light visualisations through the use of modern media. The gestures of children playing with light toys (plastic bats, flashing swords, colourful balls) are registered by motion sensors and are subsequently tramslated into sounds and images with the aid of special software.The screens display shapes, whose size and colours match those of the toys used. Image creation is further enhanced by various sounds.
4.Wizard – in this module children will interact with a magical poem written by a Belgian poet Maurice Careme. It involves team play and interacting with animated illustrations the children made during preceeding workshops. The system controlling those illustrations reacts to the order of graphic signs and thus helps the participants to reach their objectives.
5. Interactive Platform –involves walking on colourful fields, the keys of a huge instrument. Children interact and play wtih space, observe colours and listen to music. The module attempts to show the participants the mutual dependencies between colour, motion and sound
6. Annex – Cinema- Interactive Playground also addressed to the youngest public is a review of classic and unique animations of the Polish Audiovisual Publishers – the Anthology of Polish Animation. This module completes all the others as its principal aim is to familiarise children with classic arts and media-related terms, such as depth, perspective, screen, colour, motage, interaction or multi-channel projection.
The Exhibition will be open from September 2 to October 10, Tuesday-Sunday between 9:00am and 6:00pm
Workshops of Culture- the Branch of Centre for Culture
5 Popiełuszki Street,
phone.: 081 533 08 18
We encourage you to book in advance. We welcome both organized kindergarten and school groups and parents with children We assure safety and provide guided tours.