This workshop explores one of the most remarkable forms of creative play in
childhood and the invention of make-believe worlds, often referred to as
“paracosm”. Paracosm is the persistent evocation of an imagined place
inhabited by imagined people or beings. My own paracosmic play started
after I found an abandoned and overgrown place in my grandparent’s garden
that worked as a perfect escape. These private moments in the garden
provided me with the opportunity to nurture my fantasy world and
creativity. This workshop aims to understand the impulse artists feel in
world-building play and its relation to subsequent functionality as preparation
for creative work.
Photo Credit: courtesy of INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival.