This blog post has been a long time coming. We started out three months ago with a vague mission to explore the collective imagination of children and their families. Since then, we’ve hosted events and workshops in classrooms, pop-up museums, school festivals, and even a Mini Maker Faire. It’s been quite a journey learning about the creatures and universes that live inside of everyone’s heads: ranging from 4 year olds to their older but no less imaginative parents and grandparents. Here’s a quick sampling of some of the mini-imaginary universes that we’ve built in our workshops:
How do you capture the contents of an imagination? My first approach was to try out tools to create “moving pictures”–since that’s sort of how I think of the images in my own head. They’re often a bit blurry, but my imagination is made up of a mix of realistic and fantastic movie sets with a host of characters meandering in and out. On the left is our very first workshop where the children and young people make mini-models of how they imagine future cities, and then film them using the Vine app, an app that let’s you make short 6 second stop-motion animation films that loop continuously.
It was such a fun and easy way to make short little stories. More on how the first workshop evolved into the following workshops in the next post!