Mattress

Physical play is often stimulated by the use of materials/objects. Materials/object provide affordances for play.  Gibson’s(1979) theory of affordances states that the physical environment  and the materials/objects in it afford different actions and different types of play. These materials can be seen as an invitation for a certain action. A mattress for example affords activities such as ‘jump-on’, ‘hide-under’ or ‘glide with’.

Mattress I: 
During the 13th birthday party of my son, the children spontaneously took the mattress to the stairs and used it as a tool to glide form the stairs.

Photography: Carolien Hermans.
Performers: Teun van der Grinten, Michel van der Linden, Luuk Scheers, Maas Theuwkens, Otto Plasmeijer. 

March 2017, Amsterdam

 

Mattress II:
In this research study with four boys I reserved the Theatre at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Except for a grand piano, black curtains and a blue mattress the space was empty. One boy commented: ‘But we need material to play with’. They immediately went to the mattress and out of that physical play evolved. 

Photography: Carolien Hermans.
Performers: Teun van der Grinten, Michel van der Linden, Luuk Scheers, Maas Theuwkens.

17th of December, Conservatory of Amsterdam

Mattress III:

 

 

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