Over the course of about 3 months from April 2012 I began working/playing with the Ansteys Kids as a participating artist in the <dis/play> art project, curated by Portia Malatjie.
I would arrive on Saturday morning and we would start to play. Sometimes it was Soccer, sometimes hop skotch sometimes we tried to mix games together. Often it was free play. I started documenting these games that we played from above. Chalk became a very important feature. More Chalk! More Chalk!
On the Wednesday evening before the opening on the 18th of July I projected this documentation – a short stop frame video – from a window down onto the roof whereby we, the kids and I, as well as the audience, all coloured in a big square with white chalk – thereby revealing the white screen onto which the video was projected.
The work is called “The Magic Circle” referring to Dutch historian Johan Huizinga, who wrote the book “homo Ludens: Man the Player”: “All play moves and has its being within a play-ground marked off beforehand either materially or ideally, deliberately or as a matter of course. Just as there is no formal difference between play and ritual, so the ‘consecrated spot’ cannot be formally distinguished from the play-ground. The arena, the card-table, the magic circle, the temple, the stage, the screen, the tennis court, the court of justice, etc, are all in form and function play-grounds, i.e. forbidden spots, isolated, hedged round, hallowed, within which special rules obtain. All are temporary worlds within the ordinary world, dedicated to the performance of an act apart.”