February 14, 2007

Entirely Unprompted Dream Furniture For, By Italian Kids

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Tell me if I'm reading this right: One of the educational consulting offerings of Pesce Colorato is to develop children's creativity and deepen their understanding and mastery of the creative process through collaborative design and manufacture?

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Because from here, it looks like when kids were asked to draw the "objects of their dream," they came back with some puffy clouds--shocker--which Pesce Colorato took literally and had fabricated as pillow- and mattress-like furniture. Without any hint at interpolating the unconscious reasons why kids might think pillows or clouds or soft is preferable, without any hint of self-awareness that asking 5-year-olds about their dreams is like three layers of subjective interpretation away from anything in the "real world."

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Maybe I'm missing some key pedagogical nuance here, but this seems like a happy deployment of the kind of leading manipulation of eager-to-please kids by authority figures with an agenda that resulted in those phony preschool/daycare center child molestation trials back in the 1980's.

That said, I hope the kids don't suffer any long-term psychic damage, because I have to come down on the side of the furniture on this one; those Cloud Table and Cloud Chairs are kinda sweet.

PROGETTAZIONE PARTECIPATA, original article from Abitare 10/2001 and the auto-translated version; the bullet pointed pitch is here--and translated here [pescecolorato.com]

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