Play Culture – Playing Media

 Play Culture – Playing Media 1991 – 2002. Seven documentary films focusing on interaction in documentary processes

leg vild silas og ulrik benzin sæbekasse 3… play in basements, bushes and back gardens. Play in car parks, in play rooms and under desks. Pictures and narratives revolving around notepads and cookie tins.

Play Culture – Playing Media focuses on exactly those expressions of play which are found in informal cultural contexts. The selected videos present an approach to children’s games and narratives in which the video camera is a vital pivot. The children talk about the games that engage them and the adult documentarist is an active part of these investigative and productive processes.

Numerous combinations of e.g. techniques, media and genres are important ingredients, and an audiovisual life of contact and resource unfolds.


A number of films released by Imagine Reality is dubbed with English subtitles and will be presented and will be presented on this site during winter of 2014.


– it’s all about life! A video about boys’ wild games

At a dramatic pace the video camera explores the world of five 5-10-year-old boys, sometimes as a participant, sometimes as an opponent. The object is to show the qualities and aesthetic dimensions of boys’ wild games. Duration: 24 minutes. 1991.


Pinhole Camera

A group of children are building cameras and developing pictures. They explain how for instance a box may be turned into a camera. They play with photographic paper, light and liquids during school breaks. The video opens up for reflections on staging and the creation of photographs. Duration: 9 minutes. 1998.


The Video about the Video The Mad Professor

Boys at the ages of 9 to 12 work out a story, shoot and edit a video. We see excerpts from the children’s video The Mad Professor as well as documentary footage showing the preparation and recording of the video. Duration: 14 minutes. 1998.


The Video about the Video The Fate of a Queen

The video camera zooms in on the arrogant life at Versailles Castle and the sad fate of Queen Marie Antoinette. Two girls, both 11, stage episodes from the French Revolution, casting themselves as actors. Duration: 9 minutes. 1998.


The Fish in the Hammock and Other Animations

Children are drawing films on small notepads. The video gives an insight into children’s narratives, their use of effects from the media and their interest in drawing and creating sound. The method is simple, but the children’s animations are very precise and vivid. Duration: 9 minutes. 1999.


Gertrud the Ant and Other Narratives and Plays

The video shows the multiplicity of expressions that children build up in their play cultures. The children play the role of co-creative documentarists in the after-school institution at Risskov School. They often handle camera and microphone and take part in a collaboration to create narratives about play. Duration: 21 minutes. 2000.


The Robots Are Walking About

A kindergarten class brings in building blocks and video for a theme week. The blocks are programmable and the children eagerly examine the possibilities of the electronic toys. Children, toy cars and robots invade the classroom floor, and the video camera becomes part of the commotion. Duration: 11 minutes. 2002.


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