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Playing up

PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters of Theatre of Research, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

“Kids are explorers of the everyday. For them to light a match can be something extraordinary, that needs focus and time and creates an experience. The same is true for everyone who practices Live Art. Therefore Live Art can provide something that is essential to kids and their well being: the acknowledgement of their action and their thinking, the reassurance that everything counts, that everything can make a difference, the frame of beauty and reflection and the experience that we can set it up anytime and anywhere we want.” Sibylle Peters

PLAYING UP was launched at Tate Modern, London on 1 to 3rd April 2016 with a three day public play-in involving over participating 1200 children and adults. Participants were encouraged to post documentation of their experiencs to the PLAYING UP webiste.

Participation in the play-in was faciliated by Childern Guides aged 14 from Wapping High School who took part in a workshop led by Sibylle Peters, introducing them to Live Art practices and approaches and training them in playing PLAYING UP. The workshop participnats created short videos about Live Art which were shown throughout the PLAYING UP symposium and feature on the PLAYING UP website. The methodologies developed and applied in this workshop have been translated into Guidelines to be used to train future PLAYING UP Childrens Guides.

PLAYING UP is a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency, Theatre of Research (Germany) Tate Early Years and Family Programme, Kids Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, with the support of Goethe Institute.


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