Wednesday, March 2, 2011
For a few weeks, I videotaped a group of children building a "fort" on the school lawn. It started when the playground they used to play in was tore down for reconstruction and they were looking for something else to do. One of my sons talked to me about the fort (constructed for the fairies), and after school I went to see it. The following day I brought my camera and my video camera. The children "let me in", did not seem to notice me much after a while. I watched them building the fort, and talking to each other.
Their world is definitely quite extraordinary. I am trying to do this (documenting what they are doing) as often as possible, by just being there, with them, and taking pictures and video footage.
I know it will eventually go away, disappear.
But may be not completely.
Watching them definitely questions my own art practice. The making of things. The desire. The will. The poetry.
I've made this video on the occasion of an assignment (a short documentary) I had in my video class with Pr. R.J. Ward at Foothill College.