Child Nation (Singapore Edition) by Jessica Wilson in Collaboration with Soumee De - The Artground


Child Nation (Singapore Edition) by Jessica Wilson in Collaboration with Soumee De

Child Nation (Singapore Edition)

CHILD NATION is a new creative experience for children in places. As if in a conversation with an artist, children are guided by simple prompts on a device to explore, contemplate and have ideas. Their ideas then become part of their own journey, which is solo and often ends up with them finding themselves in a surprising situation.
CHILD NATION is the brainchild of Australian artist Jessica Wilson who is renowned for her participative art works for children.

Now CHILD NATION has arrived in Singapore!

The Artground and Melbourne producers Kath Papas Productions, have brought together local Odissi dance artist Soumee De Girotra with Jessica to create three brand new CHILD NATION journeys made just for Singapore. Soumee is a classic Indian dance artist and her unique art practice is brought to children in their own homes, using the CHILD NATION website.

Make up a dance for your own name and try it out with music; find the super power equivalent of your ’too-muchness’; and make up new manners for the place you are in; these three journeys will give you a whole different way of seeing your ordinary surroundings.

The journeys can be accessed on an internet-connected device.

Recommended Age: 7 – 10 years

Click here to try out the journeys!

Read more about CHILD NATION’s values.

*Video Credit: Jessica Wilson

About the Artists

Jessica Wilson
is an Australian leader and innovator in participative art. She creates unusual experiences that turn ordinary people and places into extra-ordinary public outcomes. Jessica is internationally recognised for her concepts, with her projects for children touring Australia, Asia, USA and Europe.Her project I See You Like This sees children use their parent or adults face as the canvas for a bizarre photo-portrait. The ISYLT project has now amassed more than 2000 portraits and exhibited in high profile gallery settings including at KROKUS Festival in Beligium. Jessica is also known for her acclaimed works onboard buses which frame cities as the sites for new stories. PASSENGER for adults, was remapped onto the London for the 2019 GREENWICH AND DOCKLANDS FESTIVAL and then Sydney for ART&ABOUT. Her first bus-based project for family audiences THE NARRATOR, was created in Latvia and played at Adelaide’s DreamBIG this year as a feature of the Australian Performing Arts Market.She hopes CHILD NATION will enable kids all over the world to interact in new ways with their own people and places.
Soumee De Girotra
is a Singaporean dancer, teacher, choreographer who has trained in the Indian Classical dance forms of Kathak and Odissi since the age of four. Soumee currently teaches Odissi at Apsaras Arts, Singapore and continues to learn under Guru Ratikant Mohapatra at Srjan, India. She is founder of “Ethos -Exploring the Odissi Spirit,” a dance collective for Odissi dancers and offers “Dance-telling” programmess at The Artground for young children. When not dancing she works as a management consultant to create a better working world.