After a few weeks of rounding up toys, games and stories on our ‘toy trike’ and experimenting with our discoveries in The Factory, we invited the public to get hands on with the Forgotten Toys Compendium and have a go at creating new games and characters.
On Saturday 12th September KWMC and Ludic Rooms brought the Forgotten Toys to Knowle West Fest at Filwood Broadway for an afternoon of experimentation. Local residents of all ages joined in the remixing of old toys to create new characters and games. Together we dismantled toys to discover how they worked, rebuilt them in new forms and experimented with their new functions. We took advantage of the last of the summer sun to begin to create new outdoor games through reimagining the toys for a new purpose.
On Wednesday 16th September we hosted a Circuit-Bending workshop with Ludic Rooms for the young people from Creative Hub. The aim of this workshop was to demystify battery powered toys by opening them up and taking a peek at how they looked inside the plastic. Often whenever toys with electronic functions stop working they are relegated to the back of cupboards and attics, or even the bin. Once we saw how the circuits were made we were able to learn how to fix them. We were even able to rewire them for an entirely new function, giving an old redundant toy a fun and exciting new lease of life.
Keep up to date with the project as it unfolds on the Forgotten Toys blog.