PLAYING SHOP – Festival of Live Art
March 12 and 13
PLAYING SHOP is a performance, an exhibition and a shop for children aged 6-10 and people who identify as adults.
Responding to children’s natural inclination towards art-making and playing shop, the project considers the notion of transaction and the fixation on the marketplace as it sits within a contemporary art context: the commodification of art and in turn, the critique of art as consumption.
We give them something to do; they give us art.
An adventurous work that mischievously looks at consumerism and child labour, anarchy and aesthetic value, PLAYING SHOP provocatively questions whether the value of the experience outweighs the waste produced in its creation. It will get messy.
Created by Nicola Gunn and Nat Cursio with collaborating photographer Pier Cathew
Commissioned by Theatre Works and supported by The City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.