Community project commissioned by Community Land Scotland (signs, an adventure trail and short animation), 2021
'The Viewpark Glen in the East End of Glasgow gained community ownership in 2020, when Scotland was facing lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19. Community ownership offers the chance for future visions for getting together as a community to develop, and therefore provides a heightened sense of hope in pandemic times. We present some of these future visions on our local signs and in a short video aimed at young people.
'During the socialist period, cheap to produce and easy to maintain play parks flooded the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain. The play structures were almost identical in each country, with their bare metal bars, elementary colours, and geometric shapes. All around the world from the ‘60s on, newly built housing estates had an area designed for outdoor play activities. The colorful animal shapes of contemporary playgrounds that leave little room for imagination came later on. However, in 2020, play spaces everywhere are wrapped around in red tape, closed off. The architecture of play has become restricted, trapped between the walls in the buildings of the districts occupying the grids of our empty cities. In this situation more than ever, we rely on our fantasies to imagine alternative futures, just like the children playing on bare metal structures in the Soviet Block.
Our bodies are the new building material. Our torsos evoke the familiar structures, imagining the metal bars to be our bones. The lines that connect the hypothetical anchor points of play structures become soft and tender, before tensing up as we hold the pose and master the performance of unfamiliar habits until they become familiar again.'
Made in lockdown as part of SHIFT: The International Biennale of Performance, Collaborative and Participatory Arts [SHIFT: ibpcpa],
June 30 - August 30, 2020.
Workshops culminating in performance piece and installation. April 2019, residency at Nástupište 1-12 in Topol’čany, Slovakia, Anna Tudos and Maria + Henri.
“Treat this exhibition more like an obstacle course. Repeat and repeat, to be
able to create something new. Pull yourself, don’t let go, hide, run across,
climb and find your balance! (...) You have a right for space. Children’s playgrounds were introduced in the post-war society to serve the needs of a growing population, and to invest in the future generation. A public space for play was also good to keep the little troublemakers off the streets when cars started taking over the roads. But we all know, the best playgrounds are not the ones they build for us, but the ones we build for ourselves."
Artalk.cz, Nástupište 1-12
Outdoor installation. July 2018, Studio Pavilion, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow. Anna Tudos with Maria + Henri, Izzy Arnold and Sylwia Osiecka.
Enthusiasm is an installation occupying the negative spaces at the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. The chalk drawing created for the court space functions as an obstacle course where various graphic signs evoke different physical moves and actions. Visitors of all ages are welcome to test the 2D playground, which aims to raise awareness on our connection to our built environment and the significance of playfulness while testing out different scenarios of the future of society. Handout/Zine