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Homo ludensAnne SCHILTZ
“The thing that’s so unique about our species is that we’re really designed to play through our whole lifetime.” (Stuart Brown, Play is more than just fun)
The documentary Homo ludens (working title) is going to explore – in a ludic way – the concept of “play” from different angles. Who plays, when and where? How do we play? Why do we play?
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” (Plato)
The film intends to branch out to different parts of the world and to different ways of playing: from European board games, to Mahjong in China, to foosball tables in the streets of Ethiopia, to one of the largest contemporary play industries – video games. We’ll also get a glimpse into the working life of companies that use “serious play” as a method to stimulate problem-solving and innovation. While play seems to be a constant element across cultures, ways of playing and of connecting to and through play may differ.
In each of those contexts, we’ll meet the people who play. They’ll show us their games and their reasons for playing, an they’ll show us how play makes them feel and dream, how it is an important vector for learning, and how it touches upon various aspects of human life.
“Play will be to the 21st century what work was to the Industrial Age – our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value”. (Pat Kane, 2004)