The Archive for Public Play 1.0

The Office for Public Play installed its office at A-venue, Gothenburg, as part of the ‘Growing with Design’ exhibition. This installation invited the public to contribute to the ‘Archive for Public Play’ by memorising and narrating their favourite ‘free play’ activities as child, or from when they were a child. The archive is inspired by the painting “Children's Games” (Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1560) and aims to generate knowledge on ‘free play’ — the unstructured play that children initiate themselves, without control or supervision by adults. Besides treasuring free play as cultural heritage, this collection of personal stories, photos and open instructions wants to reactivate public space through re-enacting contributions of the archive in public space.