DreamScape (earlier known as Under the Table and Dreaming) is a sensorial experience for toddlers between 1- 3 years, in a thoughtfully created environment.
Conceptualised by Ruchira Das, Director, ThinkArts, the first seeds of this installation were sown during a residency at Imaginate in Edinburgh, which she participated in, along with four other artists in October 2016. The response from the toddlers there urged her to create a bigger version on her return to India and with its latest iteration, it has taken the final shape.
This installation creates an ambience for the child and the accompanying grown-up to discover, engage and explore.
Not more than five children enter this space at one given time. Once inside, children are welcomed into a dimly lit room, with classical music playing in the background. Five different worlds await the children during a 30-40-minutes interaction. They are encouraged to take in the sights, sounds, smells and different textures.
While inside the space, they will encounter
A dreamy cloudy sky
A centuries old painting and a pillow to lie down and see it
A forest like space full of leaves to lose oneself in
Papers of different textures and shapes - but only in two colours, black and white
And in contrast, multi coloured wool and soft pompoms.
Finally, there is a tactile area, where all these materials are available for the child & adult to together explore - cotton, paper, wool, leaves, wood pieces.
Response received :
The installation received a wonderful response from children, parents and teachers alike:
Concept & Design : Ruchira Das
Assisted by : Pavel Paul
Execution support by : Tamali Bhattacharya, Abheri Dutta, Bipasa Das
INVITED TO THE WEE FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CULTURE FOR EARLY YEARS, TORONTO - MAY 2020