Evoking Playfulness in Public Space - inspiratiesessie door Sylvan Steenhuis op ‘Vrijhavens. Over ruimte voor jong cultureel verzet’

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Fotograaf: David Marcu

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Evoking Playfulness in Public Space - inspiratiesessie door Sylvan Steenhuis op ?Vrijhavens. Over ruimte voor jong cultureel verzet?

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You're cycling along, minding your own business. The bridge is open. Nobody likes to wait. But then, out of nowhere, people in red appear, handing out water-guns. Red water guns. What do you do? Do you take the water-gun? Slowly the bridge starts closing. The other side of the canal is lined with other people. People with blue water-guns... What do you do? Do you turn around? Or do you burst head-first into battle?

The Playful Revolution is a movement that aims to spread playfulness in public space. The goal is to invite strangers to become players. How can performance design serve this purpose? By analysing historic and current day examples we will explore methods and techniques for turning unaware participants into engaged players.

Over Sylvan Steenhuis (NL) 

Sylvan Steenhuis is an Amsterdam based designer of interactive performances. After being exposed to Urban Games, during the Bachelor Interactive Performance Design and Games, he got hooked on public space and physical play. He went on to study this practice in his thesis ?Evoking Playfulness in Public Space by Ludic Intervention? at the Master of Arts in Performance Design, Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands. 

His favorite toy: (bouncy) juggling balls

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