놀자우나 (NOL-JA-UH-NA)

↛ An interactive installation to reinvigorate a disused public bathhouse in Angye-myeon.
Population decline in Angye (at the highest rate in South Korea) is causing a loss of play spaces, first to go are those for children. However, play is the foundation of any community. When in a state of play people feel comfortable to explore interactions with their environment and each other, stretching established social rules. Play fosters our powerful imaginations and can steer society towards new systems of cohabitation. Everyone’s life involves play in some capacity, whether in a PC방, eating house or market. In this way, play could be the shared language needed to reinvigorate the town.
Housed in a space that has lost purpose due to population decline 놀자우나 is a spatial experience informed by interviews and interaction with residents. It is a vision of Angye’s future as a playscape for sustainable social development. By engaging local people of various generations in conversation about how they play, played or would like to play in the future, 놀자우나 teases out the unique attitudes and stories that define the local community and its relationship to space.
Interpreting and combining these perspectives, 놀자우나 is a place where potential futures for the town can be explored through interaction. Our participatory design approach hopes to introduce local people to the idea of working alongside outsiders who will potentially move from urban metropolises to rural communities in the coming years. 놀자우나 ultimately hopes to act as inspiration for current and future Angye residents.

This soundscape, produced from interviews with residents, plays in the space.