Festival of Imagination

13 – 14 February 2016

Join the Institute of Imagination and friends for our first Festival of Imagination at Chats Palace, Hackney.

Over the weekend of 13 – 14 February, we’ll be taking over Chats Palace, giving children and families an opportunity to explore and apply their imaginations across the arts, sciences and new technologies. Be inventive, learn a new skill and enjoy the creative freedom to develop new ideas!

Friends of the Institute of Imagination will be joining us to curate a weekend of interactive creative experiences. Build a wild seasonal forest using cardboard paper and fabric, explore the development of vision with neuroscientists and create interactive musical drawings that will culminate in an orchestral performance. See below for a full list of workshops at the Festival of Imagination.

The Festival of Imagination is ideal for children aged 5 – 11 and their families. There will also be activities for younger siblings. Admission and all activities are FREE, but admission must be booked in advance.

N.B. This event has taken place and tickets are no longer available.

Workshops at the Festival of Imagination:

iOi Stop Frame Animation
Image the Future: children and their carers will be asked to think about when the future is and what impact their inventive ideas could have on the future. Using props, crafts, iPads and the Stop Motion Studio app, ideas will be crafted into stories and ultimately short films.

iOi Imagination Pods for Early Years
Delivering an ongoing, durational workshop with an Imagination Pod designed specifically for Early Years. This will involved creating new spaces – small and large, private and social. The workshop will integrate tools that appeal to various senses, creating a tactile and visceral space for under 5s and their carers to co-create and adapt over the weekend.

Creating a wild forest illustrating the changes in season from winter to spring using cardboard, paper and fabric. On the first day, Saturday, we will begin to build the main structure of the forest together, making trees and shrubs but mostly keeping it monochrome to demonstrate the winter flora and fauna. On Sunday, we will start to dress the scene with leaves, nests, curious wildlife and blossom to welcome spring. The final scene will come together as a vivacious, colourful spring forest with all the creations made by participants over the two days.

School of Noise
This activity will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of noise-making and sculpting pieces of equipment. This includes small modular synthesisers, playing sounds using fruit and vegetables, learning about Foley sound design, building cardboard record players, visualising standing wave patterns, using effects to alter sounds and much more…

Sonic Interactive Drawing Table
Learning and creative technology specialist Paul Clifford will be creating interactive musical drawings using Scratch, Touchboard, Makey Makey and Raspberry Pi. Participants draw on an interactive table that will play sounds when touched. Sounds can be programmed using Scratch software and you can record your own sounds using Audacity. Every 30 minutes, an orchestra will be formed to create music.

Focusing on OKIDO’s current theme of Space, children will be invited to help build a space rocket. Free issues of OKIDO magazine will be distributed to children.

London Brain Project
London Brain Project are inviting children and carers to explore the development of vision, and with it our perception of the world. Different stations will represent different stages of visual development: children will be able to pass through each stage of development, creating a piece of art at each stage that represents the emergence of perception. We will use specific materials to reflect the real life perception of the world from early to infancy to childhood. After passing through the stations, children can collate their artworks into a ‘book of perception’.

This activity will demonstrate in a hands-on way how fixing, modifying and inventing can improve people’s lives. Participants will be invited to simulate a difficult that will make using their hands to perform simple tasks challenging: a few fingers taped together; wearing a heavy glove, taping lolly sticks to fingers to prevent them bending. Once they have experienced the difficulty participants will use drawing and simple modelling to come up with ideas for aids that could help perform these tasks and to test their ideas to see if they work!

Blippar, the augmented reality app, will be giving education taster sessions.

Kano will present micro computing taster sessions that enable children to learn to code using Make Art.

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