"There is always a certain risk in being alive,
and if you are more alive, there is more risk."
The project was started in April 2015. After gathering the very diverse group of people that we are, we identified several areas of interest when it comes to deepening our knowledge: from storytelling and mythology across narrativity in objects to writing funding applications. We spent several following months reading books, writing emails to interesting people, watching youtube videos and thinking in solitude. This helped us get a better idea of what we want to do.
In early October 2015 we attended Growing with Design conference organised by Child Culture Design program at HDK, Göteborg. It was a fantastic experience, as we learned a lot about current debate on designing for children, as well as got to meet a broad range of professionals dealing with the subject: from theatre directors to university professors.
From 16th to 18th October we organised a 3-day workshop with project participants and some guests. The workshop was held in HDK-Steneby school in Dals Langed, with the aim of exchanging knowledge and developing the project together. The program included presentations within the group on various components of the project (Nordic mythologies, Dalsland history). Cecilie Jörstad held storytelling workshop and Maria Mastola workshop on sensory perception. We had two wonderful guest: Matte Westerberg from Stockholm-based company Lekplatsbolaget, and Annelies Vaneycken, a PhD student at HDK. Matte and his team specialize in one-off imaginative outdoor playgrounds for children, and he kindly shared many years of his experience with us. Annelies is running the Office for Public Play, where she investigates the role of public spaces in fostering child creativity and play.
In November 2015 we completed the first draft of Elmer’s story, a fairytale authored by Björn Fast Nagell and Annika Wahlström. Elmer’s story is a basis for creating actual artifacts and you can read more about it here.
In January 2016 we had another 3-day working session with project participants, and as a result of that we produced an idea for the pilot. The pilot should be executed between May and July 2016, and you can read more about it here.
Amidst all that, we wrote numerous funding applications, formed an Ideel Forening, and found a potential site for the project through collaboration with Bengtsfors Kommun. We also visited two magical, inspiring places for children: Les Machines de l’Ile in Nantes, France and Junibacken in Stockholm.
The project is supported by Mötesplats Steneby,
HDK school of design and crafts, University of Gothenburg,