Producer: Memetica
Writer: Daniele Poidomani
Directed By: Daniele Poidomani

A public ‘conversation circle’ of empowered children anonymously speaking their mind to strangers!

Synopsis

Air Camp is a creative workshop and performance that provides participants the opportunity to explore and express important messages and perspectives on individually chosen topics. Children are invited into an otherworldly environment of colourful and interconnected tents, asked to think about what’s important to them and become the creator and caretaker of a tent sculpture that expresses their ideas.

Outcomes include confidence communicating ideas, new ways of creative expression, fun new skills in engineering inflatable sculptures, and most importantly emphasise children’s agency.

First delivered at Melbourne’s ArtPlay in April 2019, this is a proven engaging and validating experience for children who combined the opportunity to exhibit their creative artwork with directly voicing their views on any topic dear to them.

Inspired by the success of enabling free expression of children\’s valued ideas through anonymous dialogue with adults, Memetica is also open to presenters willing to further explore the project’s potential with diverse groups. Air Camp’s platform fosters open conversation among various demographics, facilitating open expression among otherwise unlikely interlocutors.

All fabric material used in Air Camp has been sourced from abandoned camping tents collected by Memetica at music festival around the country. The experience thus promotes awareness on themes of sustainability, waste, and resource sharing at the crossover of engineering and art.

Short Reviews

With Air Camp, we saw a unique combination of intellectual, creative (sculptural and performative) and social stimulation. Children enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to put forth their critical views about broad social issues. They explicitly expressed great appreciation for having the chance to talk directly to audiences about their ideas on their own terms, because it was about them and what they thought. For those who visited the final exhibition and performance, Air Camp offered a visually intriguing and thought provoking experience, a space to get insight into the issues our young people care most about – from climate change to cats! It was particularly delightful to watch the surprise of the younger children visiting the exhibition when they heard the tents ‘talking’ and to see the mesmerizing affect the illuminated sculpture world had on them. … Poidomani experimented with and expanded his artistic practice to create a truly unique work informed by an ethos of letting children lead the creative process, which had strong outcomes for all participants and visitors.
Tanya Dickson, Creative Producer – Children and Families, ArtPlay
It was amazing because in this project we were the actual artwork!
Participating child - Air Camp at ArtPlay 2019

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 2 to 5
Bump-in Time: 4 hrs
Bump-out Time: 3 hrs
Interval: Optional

Lighting

N/A

Audio

N/A

Staging

Any venue with a minimum floor of 20 x 9 mt or equivalent area.

Transport Notes

The production can travel in a 1ton van and can also be packed to travel via plane.

Audience & Marketing Notes

With over two decades of international experience collaborating with communities across five continents, Memetica ensures a successful approach to engaging diverse cultural and demographic audiences and participants. Air Camp, a large-scale immersive installation, features live interactive content created and performed by workshop participants for specific or general audiences as required by the presenter. Its versatility as a container makes it suitable for various types of content.

Selling Points

  • Fostering of social and cultural understanding through creative methodologies - Encouraging open dialogue, diversity, and inclusion through art that communicates these values. Creative outcomes form a platform for celebrating diversity and social cohesion within communities.
  • Combining the atmosphere of story telling around the fire camp with the cosiness of cubby houses adventure, Air Camp culminates in an exhilarating experience of performative exhibition.
  • The project serves as both an installation and a live workshop, offering a dual benefit for the presenter catering to both community participation and event activation. It facilitates an exploration of children's perspectives on a diverse range of topics through engaging and debatable conversations. Previous discussions have covered a spectrum of subjects, from cosmological-existential matters to the significance of caring for one's pet.

Community Engagement

  • Air Play, is a 2hr activity workshop for kids with parents/guardians for the creation of small scale inflatable sculptures made with recycled plastic bags.

Details

Contact

Daniele

Poidomani

0416752403

Audience

Venue Format

Any venue with a minimum floor of 20 x 9 mt or equivalent area. The installation works both indoor and outdoor.

Duration

(The exhibition can have multiple repeats. In the case of large workshop participants, the exhibition will be run with batches of 15 tents/participants at the time). This Show has multiple durations: 3 hours, or 2 days of 6 hours each, or exhibition with sets of 45 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

21/03/2024

24/03/2027

Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $800

Weekly Sell Off: $Please contact producer

Per Performance: $2,400 to $15,400 depending on presenter required capacity for the workshop and number/duration of exhibitions.

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