In-Between the Manifolds: SlowMaterials~Diana Fedora Tucci
When we document play we are not performing the simple task of noticing differences or stating how play evolves but, instead, how it is everted. In our play mappings we consider how we become affected by children, place and context but the 'what comes next' of play remains continually elusive in nature.
In its complexity, the world of play...is... both up and upside down at the same time with/in chaos, order and disorder combine, If children's play(ing) could be imaged, it might look like eversion, like a constantly changing bubble un/re/folding, in/re/verting, continually de-territorializing, a multiplicity of multidimensionality at play, always already elusive and intensifying. I imag(in)e play as intensities of becoming, and as becoming intensities of play. (Sellers, 2013, p.118)
This is my classroom of children ages six and seven and the collection of images below reflect how children engaged with materials through play. Not included in this montage are the images of the children playing dress-up and building huts and dens with the cloth. They do not initially build huts and forts but embody the material in many different ways and, in doing so, become more familiar or rather become familial in their play and feel the sense of emotional safety in enclosing themselves in huts and den with others. It took a very long time for this to occur and I am talking about repetitious, daily sessions of free play in three hour time slots and spanning over many, many months.