We had a great time making up new games yesterday at Baggator. We transformed amusement pier games using a flytipping asthetic to get kids thinking, and more importantly seeing the rubbish thrown out on our streets.
Highlights of the day were Mattress Hunt, a live moving shooting gallery (with balls and rubbish grabber throwers)
Mattress Hunt in action
Mattress hunt costumes ready!
A skittles game using fridges and a wrecking ball
Wrecking ball Fridge Skittles
We also played Flytip Face and cheered up some unwanted houshold items
Flytip face fridge
Sound like fun? Come and join us from 12-4 today @ Baggator, All Hallow Rd, Easton
He took along Mufti’s ‘Trash-buchet’ a catapult which fires rubbish into miniture commmunal bins.
The Trash-buchet and mini communal bin targets
Trash-buchet has been made for the Transforma-bin project by our designer, Bec Prior
He invited a group of children to play with the game and they took to it like ducks to water!
They started off firing beanbags labeled with various waste items (food waste, newspapers, bottles) and clearly knew which rubbish went where! Thanks to Keir for supplying the materials for the bins and the beanbags. They then went on to fire a variety of items from around the green, experimenting with weight, distance and power. It was a really fun afternoon and I look forward to playing Trash-buchet with more young people soon.
On my way home, I bumped into a group of neighbours in Easton and they also got a go on Trash-buchet, They played for a long time on our street and made up new point systems based on skill and distance. They also interviewed each other with our audio recorder and we talked how the game could be improved and about recycling. I’ll post an except soon.
Aged 11-18? Come to our Game Inventing workshops at Baggator Young Peoples Project. Spend a week with a professional game-maker and designer, experimenting, inventing, and making games and playable contraptions.
Sood, Angela, Fatima and Belinda told stories about playing in fields, round blocks and up and down stairs. We talked about the differences in play now and what obstacles prevent outdoor play. We talked about free, unorganised play and more structured team games. We were also lucky to be joined by Soloman who was on work experience. There was much said about video games being a barrier but we also talked about their benefits- how ‘you can be in your own world’. There was a wish for more local green space available to “roll down and stare up at the sky”. The group also feel that young people should be able to access sports teams in St Pauls- particularly Basketball. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and I look forward to talking to more groups about memories of play.
You can listen to a short snippet of the group talking about wink murder and other games here:
If you are part of a group in Ashley, Easton or Lawrence Hill and you would like to share your memories for this project, please get in touch.