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The art of play

Tine Bech’s immersive exhibition at 201 Bishopsgate uses technology to explore the wonder of play

Outside art galleries, the largest collections of artworks in the UK tend to be owned by large companies and displayed in their offices. But an exhibition currently showing at 201 Bishopsgate (part of British Land’s Broadgate campus) questions the role art plays in the office environment and the ways in which it can provoke a response in its audience.

Come Into Play is an immersive and interactive exhibition that examines the wonder of play, and how creating playful moments can transform both the environment and human behaviour. Created by Danish artist Tine Bech, the exhibition combines artistic design with technology to form a playable space, emphasising play as a social bond that creates the fabric of our life. While it is often said that technology is making us lonelier and more isolated, Come Into Play does the very opposite, creating opportunities for interaction and conversation.

“I believe that play is important to society as a whole; it is part of our social fabric and lies at the core of many social bonds,” Bech explains. “Physical spaces that afford interactions and playfulness are places where quirky, imaginative behaviour can happen – they are spaces that allow mistakes and the unexpected.”

Bech is a multidisciplinary artist who works with programmers, electronic engineers, fabricators and architects to create innovative, interactive projects that place the human experience at the centre of our interactions with space, place and technology. “Interactive art is about energising people – it creates encounters that connect us and invite intrigue and wonder,” she says.

The exhibition is the first of hers to be shown in a corporate space, and creating it allowed her to think about how promoting interactivity in office buildings and work environments through play can enhance wellbeing.

This idea lies at the heart of the Life Meets Tech season, which is running at Broadgate and British Land’s other London campuses throughout the summer. The programme incorporates a variety of events and installations for visitors and workers to enjoy, featuring robots, augmented reality, digital art and much more.

To find out more about Life Meets Tech events on British Land’s London campuses, click on the links below:

Life Meets Tech at Broadgate
Life Meets Tech at Paddington Central
Life Meets Tech at Regent’s Place

Tagged in: ART, ENLIVENMENT, EVENTS, TECHNOLOGY, WELLBEING

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