BUNNY AND THE UFO

'Bunny and the UFO clapping game at ArtPlay' (2017), Andrej Kocis

for Artplay New Ideas Lab

TIC TAC TOE, GIVE ME A HIGH, GIVE ME A LOW,

BUNNY GOT HIT BY A UFO

Clapping games have been played in the schoolyard and beyond for decades, maybe even centuries. By an informal process they pass from child to child and generation to generation. Some songs alter as they are transferred. Others are new and appear from an unknown origin. 

'Bunny and the UFO' (2016), art by Helen Kocis Edwards, animation by Rebecca Young, audio by Andrej Kocis

'Bunny and the UFO' (2016), art by Helen Kocis Edwards and children at ArtPlay, animation by Rebecca Young, audio by Andrej Kocis

 

Ronald McDonald, a biscuit, a biscuit.

I've got a boyfriend, a biscuit, a biscuit

What are the songs about? Are they trivial or do they reveal something about childhood, traditional and contemporary culture?

 

'Ronald McDonald' (2017), art by Helen Kocis Edwards, animation by Rebecca Young, audio by Andrej Kocis

'Ronald McDonald' (2017), art by Helen Kocis Edwards and children at ArtPlay, animation by Rebecca Young, audio by Andrej Kocis

Apple on a stick, makes me sick,

Makes my heart beat two-forty-six

Bunny and the UFO workshops at ArtPlay explore these rhythmic songs. The language and imagery from the games will be interpreted by children via drawings and sculptures. These creations will be photographed and inserted into animations. Interested participants will be filmed. The footage will form part of the film/animation. 

'Apple on a Stick clapping game at ArtPlay' (2017), video by Andrej Kocis

'Apple on a Stick' (2017), art by Helen Kocis Edwards, animation by Rebecca Young, audio by Andrej Kocis

'Apple on a Stick' (2017), art by Helen Kocis Edwards and children at ArtPlay, animation by Rebecca Young, audio by Andrej Kocis

Bunny and the UFO provides an opportunity to perform, collect, document, and interpret visually these organic, physical, musical and cultural human interactions that have travelled through time. The children will be invited to contribute their original drawings, sculptures and film/animations to an exhibition:

ArtPlay
29 March 2017 - 7 May 2017
Birrarung Marr
Behind Federation Square
Melbourne VIC 3000