A creative communal place for kids and adults to play
Play-form is a new project of Play Depot that aims to inspire and motivate people to be creative and imaginative through sharing new ways of play, and explore the potential for socially engaged art practice to generate new interactions and understanding among people.
The Chinese name (玩點) literally means a place for kids and adults to play, while the English name Play-form has a double meaning. On one hand, it emphasizes that there are multiple ways in which play can be approached in art. One of the key objectives of the project is to create opportunities for artists to experiment different forms of play in art and explore the connection between ‘art’ and ‘play.’ On the other hand, it resembles the word “platform,” which refers to our goal to foster exchange of skills, knowledge and experience between people in the community. Over the course of 2 years, 8 artists will undertake 11-week residencies at the Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan to explore contemporary art practice in relation to creative play. Each artist-in-residence will explore new way to interact with the community and the use of recycled wastes as creative materials for making playful objects through artistic engagement and experimentation.
Play Depot is an open-for-all playground based in To Kwa Wan — a post-industrial and gentrifying area in Hong Kong. It is established based on a belief that a playground is not just an ideal place for people to unlock their inner creative genius and imagination, but also for people from different background to interact without a set agenda. These interactions encourage people’s understanding of their connections with others and their neighbourhood. Artists play in this project a significant role that simultaneously advocates, stimulates, and collaborates; but they also welcome inputs from the locals. They work together with the people of the community to transform waste materials into playful creations.