BUNNY AND THE UFO
for Artplay, New Ideas Lab
Bunny and the UFO was a series of workshops and an exhibition created in collaboration with children at ArtPlay. The participating artists and children were co-producers of the artwork (drawing, sculpture, video and digital animation). The focus of the collaboration was clapping games, children’s playlore that is often devalued and ignored by adults (Factor 2004). Children were encouraged to perform, draw and animate characters from clapping games and this material was combined into a five week exhibition at ArtPlay.
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.
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?
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.
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: