Location: The Kitchen (New York, New York)
The Reused Fun House was the first thing I created after my MFA thesis: I did it in
about 1/10th the time and with about 1/10th the stress, money, etc. I made it for The Kitchen's street fair,
and in many ways it succeeded where my thesis had failed (despite or perhaps due to the utter lack of technology involved). It helped
punctuate my interest in event- and location-based forms of play.
The Reused Fun House responds to children’s intense
and innate affection for hide-outs. It is, in its simplest essence, a fort a la
couch pillows and sheets on a Saturday afternoon. Except, made from trash and found objects.
Inside the Reused Fun House, there was a larger common space to promote social play
as well as smaller nooks to accommodate timid children wanting to participate but still
linger on the fringe. The Reused Fun House provided a space in a gallery context where children could go to be alone or together, without their parents – their parents
could not fit! Combining crafting activities with ample opportunities for role-playing ensured that children of all ages and both genders could enjoy themselves together.