DreamScape (earlier known as Under the Table and Dreaming) is a sensorial experience for toddlers between 1.5 - 3 years, in a thoughtfully created environment.
Conceptualised by Ruchira Das, Director, ThinkArts, this installation uses different sounds, smells and various materials like wool, paper, jute, cloth, cotton, canvas & leaves to create an ambience for the child and the accompanying grown-up to explore different textures and to discover, engage and share a unique experience.
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. Recently, DreamScape was launched at Arth Early Learning Spaces.
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
Artist : Pavel Paul
Execution support by : Tamali Bhattacharya, Abheri Dutta, Bipasa Das
Along with associate artists, we have also produced a film version, Dreamscape at Home, to be able to reach babies and their grown-ups during the time of the pandemic.