I have a potential collaboration that's percolating on the theme of PLAY! Today, I want to share some of the reflection and research I've been doing on the topic.
Before reading anything further on the topic I wanted to take a minute to reflect on what PLAY means to me. I came to the following conclusions:
- Play isn't just for kids.
- For me, art is fun but it's also working towards a specific goal. I don't think my art is Play.
- Play should be fun.
- I would consider the benefit of Play would be to create connections, laugh, and inevitably gain experience.
After reflecting on the above, I began my research on the topic. Starting with this Ted Talk by Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play.
Through is talk and website he points out 7 types of play:
- Body Play
- Object Play
- Social Play
- Imaginative/Pretend Play
- Storytelling/Narrative Play
- Creative Play
- Attunement Play
Some of his research that resonated with me includes the following:
- The opposite of play isn't work, it's depression.
- A chief characteristic of play is that it's done for it's own sake. That the act of doing it has to be more important than any purpose.
- Play steams from curiosity.
- Play is important to survival because it develops our flexibility and adaptability.
- He also introduced the word, Neotency which means retention of immature qualities into adulthood.
- He encourages people to explore their personal play history looking for clues to their passion.
- He says it's best attempted spontaneously not with a time allotted for it but rather have it infuse our daily life.