||The Night that I was Born and In a Teacup reached out
to people. They visited people in their own home. They connected to
family networks. Many generations of a family were often involved.
This gave people a sense of ownership and control over the exploration
WSI was conducting into birth and early years: how to celebrate this
time; how to support the creativity of parents and children. The art
was integral and connected to peoples everyday lives and relationships.
|This work was then built on and developed
further in A Child's Eye View, when WSI created an interactive installation
and performance for children, specifically aimed at under fives. They
had been welcomed into people's personal world. Warmly welcomed with
tea and conversation. Now it was time to invite people back to WSI's
home, Lanternhouse. It was like they were, in the most human of ways,
asking the children and their families of Ulverston, Barrow, Broughton,
Grange and surrounding communities to come over and play. It was a
highly reciprocal relationship.
|There were strong aesthetic and creative links
between the projects. In a Teacup, inspired by The Night that I Was
Born, had explored the idea of dens and womb like spaces. They had
utilised ordinary household objects, things which would be familiar
to young children, to create an informal, visual storytelling style.
All of this was extended and developed in A Child's Eye View. This
through line meant that grandparents who had told stories of their
childhood, months before, would walk round the installation with their
grandchildren and comment on how much parts of it reminded them of
their own childhood.