Path of Play


Path of Play – 
International Design Workshop Week ‘React by Design: Commons’ 2022
Path of Play was a sequence of interactive elementary structures that popped up in Antwerpen Luchtbal, specifically along Hondurasstraat. Introducing play as a form of design – as a new way of experiencing and imagining space through interaction, improvisation and suggestion – participants (students and residents) were invited to establish a dialogue with the existing context to uncover new potential places.

The students have selected specific open public spaces and created and installed five distinct structures. These interactive structures were tactile, transformable ar- tefacts that were meant to be touched, stretched and twisted into various geometrical figures, suggesting space through minimal means.

They acted as anthropomorphic elements that mediated between body and space, with the body as the unit of measure and as a tool to modify and create spaces (and confer significance). Their adaptability allowed students (and residents, who were invited to join) to generate new places, infusing them with personal and cultural values, creating new common meaning.

Playing with the structures in the susceptible moment of the meantime, fostered reconstructions of space from primary notions such as the topological relationships of proximity, separation, order, enclosure, and opened up a dialogue on cultural and historical continuity.

Path of Play has been open to the public both on-site and on campus in the form of an interactive and performative exhibition.

Education, on-site Workshop

Faculty of Design Sciences (UAntwerp) and Royal Academy of Fine Arts (AP College)

Antwerp, Belgium 

February 2022

rotative studio

Alexandra Sonnemans, Caterina Viguera

Amelie Colsman, Nathalie Deprey, Nino de Ceuster, Kaan Isik, Roxanne Put, Lois Fragakis, Marthe Coenen, Nicolas Steffens, Robin Verpoort, Amber Verbeeck, Florian Roth, Stijn Otte, Bruno de Selva-Dewint, Elias Ketels, Polle Metten, Dylan van den Houdt