For this workshop I researched the idea behind CHAOS and how it manifest itself in an every day life. This idea took me in two direction, natural chaos, in nature and man made, urban in cities and places people inhabit.
While in nature most activities appear chaotic most of the time they are not, because at deeper view we can see that there is a perfect reason for this, and it can be found in patterns, repetition, weather this is with birds flying in unison, looking like they are flying all over the place, they have a path they follow. Sea animals are another perfect example of this, dolphins while on a fast run, they swim in many directions but surprisingly they never hit each other, because of the internal conversation they have between themselves.
On the other hand this hasn’t been the case for humans, while most of us go through life in unison, in accordance with other people around us we also tend to move in all directions sometimes with no regards for others. We can see this on the crowded streets, at sport and music events, especially when accidents happen which we can connect with human intrinsic need for survival. While all of these physical there is emotional and mental chaos, when we say and act and do things that can create more problems not just for us but for others as well.
My workshop focused on simple examples, easily understood by kids, cause while chaos is a serious topic and it shouldn’t be present in kids lives it is hard not bring it up, even if the example is chaotic hair in the morning, messy room and dirty dishes all over the place.
Using återSKAPA materials kids were instructed to think about their own chaos, and create it around their heads, sort of shapes and materials are to represent their own chaos and through show and tell at the end of the workshop to present the idea behind their artwork and what chaos is present in their own lives.
For many it was family setting, objects all over their room, toys, dirty clothes, messy hair in the morning, while for few it was deeper and their artwork spoke of deeper insecurities and personal chaos which made us pause and think about power of art and how it can facilitate conversation even about the most banal of things, chaos.
It was a conversation starter for many and hope that they will be careful with their own chaos.
By: Aleksandar (Sasa) Skoric