a-small-lab by Chris Berthelsen. Based in Tokyo & Mairangi Bay
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なにをつくってる? | what am I making, what are we making?

A document of play at a suburban Tokyo kindergarten.
Part of the "with Akishima Kindergarten" project.

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foreword
The makings of children are difficult to understand. The curry made in the playground today is tomorrow’s foot bath. And the day after that it’s a zoo. At the same time a volcano may erupt. Hand cream made of sand can turn into poison rice balls while you’re distracted. Some days cake making parties drag out interminably but some afternoons they switch without warning to preparation for a long journey. In the midst of all this, fixed production methods and quality assessment systems are not as rare as you’d think. And fine-grained craftsmanship shines through. As an adult I can make my own (weak) interpretations but in the field I am at the mercy of the children.
This book shows but a tiny selection of the makings that the children of Akishima Kindergarten in Tokyo introduced me to. With a nearby friend, spend time inspecting these images, wondering what is being made (or what you would like to make), and conjuring up your own stories ? in the process I hope that you can become a little more conversant with the joy that is ‘making with hands’.

「前書き」
子どもたちのものづくりは分かりにくい。園庭での今日のカレーは明日の足湯。そして明後日の動物園。同時に火山が噴火したりする可能性もある。砂で作られたクリームは気がつかないうちに毒おにぎりになってしまう。ケーキづくりがめちゃくちゃ長引く日もあれば突然旅の準備に変わるアフタヌーンもある。その中で生産プロセスや評価の仕方が決まってくる場合も少なくない。繊細な職人の技能も見えてくる。大人は自分なりの解釈はできるかもしれないが現場では子どものいうことを聞くしかない。
この本は昭島幼稚園(東京都昭島市)の子供たちが教えてくれたものづくりの一例にすぎない。近くにいる子どもと一緒にぼーと眺めたり、「何を作っているかな?」と話し合ったり、自分でストーリを想像したりしながら「自分の手でつくる」という喜びをもう少し近づいてみていただければと思います。



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Download PDF from HERE