Sculpting places with play Revealing the alternative dimension (of place) with participatory photoplay

Nina Luostarinen

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This visual essay works at the confluence of art, place and play and presents a practice which asks: what can happen if we take a group of adults and classical paintings as inspiration and have them play together in specific places? It aims to demonstrate the visual souvenirs of adult play, the photographs taken by the participants. The objective is to interpret them in order to gain an understanding of how hierarchy-free encounters in the liminal space of play can foster empathy for places. Pausing to gaze at the visual data, it seems that with art-based play, we create lasting memories after which the place, the players and the source art can never be seen with indifference again. This can lead to emotions, actions and activism towards a more desirable future.
Original languageFinnish
Pages (from-to)135-150
JournalResearch in Arts and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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