The times are changing, so do the catastrophes: shootings in shopping malls, climate change or Brexit! The instabilities of the current times are not connected to a single political enemy. They come from an undefinable black box of unforeseeable events which are striking unexpectedly – more dangerous than ever before.
Without warning and randomly the sand in this sandbox comes to life: Air from an air compressor streams trough the sand, making it behave like a fluid. Suddenly, child’s play has been turned upside down and the participants need to find new ways of play. Perhaps in the future, this will give the precious skill of quickly adapting to the ever-changing environment in which modern humans choose to live.
The Black Swan is the disruptive power of surprise: It is a symbol for a most unlikely event, which can happen at anytime, anywhere. First without anyone noticing, but then it strikes with great impact.
With a magnet attached to a fishing rod, children can fish for different abstract geometrical forms. One of these objects, however, contains a rare black swan figure. Eventually, the magnet on the rod triggers a small explosive. The game will be destroyed and teach children how to deal with risk and unknowns.
In a birthday party the famous Hollywood disaster blockbuster ‚Armageddon‘ will be re-enacted, step by step: Constructing a spaceship, picking a straw or eating astronaut food. This new celebration rituals will hopefully give the children a glimpse of the importance of friendship and the need to embrace modern technology, but also the influence mainstream media has on how we tackle disaster.
Camera: Gosia Lehmann
Editing: Gosia Lehmann
Voice-over: Sean Anderson
Special Thanks To:
Rufus, Ella, Carla & Elias