NAT CURSIO, NICOLA GUNN
Playing Shop is a performance, an exhibition and a shop for children aged 6-10 and accompanying adults.
Responding to children’s natural inclination towards art-making and playing shop, the project considers the notion of transaction and the fixation on the marketplace as it sits within a contemporary art context: the commodification of art and in turn, the critique of art as consumption.
It is an interactive experience that uses children to transform a contemporary art exhibition into a marketplace and sweatshop.
We give them something to do; they give us art.
A work that mischievously looks at consumerism and child labour, anarchy and aesthetic value, Playing Shop provocatively questions whether the value of the experience outweighs the waste produced in its creation.
Originally commissioned by Theatre Works and supported by The City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund, with a first series of developmental showings in the Festival of Live Art 2016.