Author: Sam Bryan
Working on a text I found in an article about play therapy. The play is monotonous and routine for the therapist but not for the child, who needs the reassurance of the routine and repetitiveness. I stencilled the text onto coloured paper like fly posters. I then read an article in the local press about the outcome of a domestic violence case involving a local football manager. I found the story to be the same outcome. The alleged victim a woman retracting her statement. The text I have been working on seemed to fit with the article and my feelings about it. The bottom picture is the fly poster in the local environment. A busy section of cycle path on the route into Bath.
I was doing some online research about play and playing games. I found a really interesting article on ft.com about the transformative power of board games. There was an interesting line about tracing social change through the games that people play. One of the games it gave an example of is Monopoly. Now I was really interested as my mind was already thinking about Monopoly and making work around it. I was fascinated to read it was invented by a woman in 1903. Elizabeth Magie came up with a game she called “The Landlord’s Game” which criticised the concentration of land in private monopolies. However she was not initially recognised as the creator of the game, that credit went to a man called Charles Darrow , who was taught to play “The Landlords Game” by friends. Back in those days Magie’s hand drawn board game was passed around by friends . Despite Magie patenting the game, it appears Darrow tweaked his version enough and Darrow would later sell his version of the game to Parker Brothers. Anyway it is well worth reading up on this fascinating story and this has only fuelled my Monopoly interest more. Here is some work based on text taken from articles online about Monopoly and the act of playing Monopoly.
Taking ideas into the print room.
Using this phrase I found in an article about the board game monopoly. It is the game I love to hate. I played it a lot when I was younger but when I think about it, monopoly has been a constant throughout my life. Playing it with friends and family. This phrase makes me question why we play games? Is it to win? Or for the experience and connections the act of play encourages?
Finding phrases in articles about play and sport. What does it mean to play? The value of play is being increasingly recognised for adults as well as children. It allows us to express ourselves. Using stencils to test out some text, again inspired by street art and the artist Christopher Wool.
Things I have been working on.