Dorottya Szanka (she/her)
I play in the overlapping spaces of design, art, and community. I approach all my work as an exercise in storytelling, and researching things beyond their physical or temporal bounds. Collaboration and collective making enrich the self and are centred in my work. Play is the heart of my practice – an endeavour toward seeing with a child’s eye, tracing lines and living inside them.
There’s a stage where the seed grows, a stage where it takes shape, and a stage where it opens.
A migrating archive consisting of drifting seeds and their stories. Migration is a movement from one country, place or locality to another. Seeds migrate and populate. They protect the planet and encode memories for life. Each movement has a story – whether human migration or the seed’s drifting mechanism from one coast to another.
In October 2022, I began facilitating workshops for people who have experienced migration. The project investigated ways of storytelling through the metaphor of a sea bean, embracing and challenging the notions of colonialism, indigeneity and political justice. My research expounds on diasporic narratives and uncovers their many shapes, faces, and colours.
per-pages* is a proposed interactive exhibition about play. You might be interested, asking for more details such as the opening times, location, or participants. I might say, do not look any further than this page.
This book consists of thoughts on nature, container, sequence, instrument and ground – the key pillars of this exploration. Following these pages, you will find loose leaves of instructions. The Prologue will guide you on how to handle them. The exhibition invites the participants to imagine its space, form, and activities in mind.
Tools are on the page, a stage.
per- is a word-forming element meaning ‘throughout; thoroughly; entirely, utterly’