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Sun, 6 April 2014

The Future Postal Service FEDERATION SQUARE

Filed under: Literature, children's entertainment, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 2:19 pm

The Future Postal Service FEDERATION SQUARE
By Maybe Together (AUS/DENMARK)
7 – 11 April FREE
This school holidays, bring the kids to Fed Square to become postmen for The Future Postal Service, a high-energy, big-thinking mail delivery game. From 7 – 11 April children can join a game of writing letters to adults and delivering them to new friends in Fed Square.

Hosted by artist collective Maybe together, children are asked, “what do you want to thank adults for?” They can write or draw their thankful answers as letters. Children will move through a series of stations where they will be writing, stamping and finally becoming postmen. With blue paper postal hats on, and under the supervision of the game’s coordinators, children will deliver the letters to passing adults who delight in receiving the postal surprises.

“There are many adults in this world who don’t interact with children. I think they miss out on something important. Art can be the circuit breaker.” Says artist Alex Desebrock.

The Future Postal Service is a game that takes children’s voices into the public and transforms an adult-dominated space into their playground. The game is part intervention, part installation and a whole lot of fun.

“For me, the child is equal. They have a role in our society and I don’t think we listen enough. They have a mind, a way that we don’t have: their optimism, their ability to cut through needless complexity, the freedom of their imagination, their inherent sense of play.”

Maybe Together is led by Melbourne artist Alex Desebrock. The collective is fast developing a reputation for insightful, high-quality, interactive art projects. This work follows in the footsteps of their highly acclaimed Dear Hope Street and Small Voices Louder, which also focus on taking children’s ideas and voices into an adult-dominated space.

Desebrock has collaborated with Danish artist Troels Lindenbjerg and Melbourne theatre artist Dan Goronszy for The Future Postal Service.

The project is supported by the City of Melbourne and is presented by Fed Square’s Creative Program as part the school holiday activities at Fed Square. Working with local artists, the Creative Program has presented unique, interactive and free children’s activities. Kids at Fed Square have enjoyed outdoor puppet theatre including human-sized ants, giant human body parts, huge elephants, seagulls and snails, and mystical monsters. Kids have also enjoyed electronic puppet-making with motion-censor technology as well as playing video games on the Big Screen. This holidays, Fed Square brings opportunities for children to engage with adults in a safe, thought-provoking and heartfelt creative commission, sure to delight all who are touched by the project.

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