Funky Forest: Kids Bring a Digital Oasis to Life

There are a million reasons to celebrate the awesomeness of “Funky Forest” by Design I/O.  The projections completely transform the bare room, adorning otherwise blank walls with vines and fruit branches and flooding the floor with a digital waterfall. Kids can use their bodies to grow trees and divert flowing water to each tree.  The best part is probably that kids don’t even realize they are learning important lessons about how the environment works, and how important it is to protect it.

Here’s what Design I/O has to say about it:

“Funky Forest is a wild and crazy ecosystem where children manage the
resources to influence the environment around them. By using their bodies
or pillow “rocks” and “logs”, water flowing from the digital stream on the
floor can be dammed and diverted to the forest to make different parts
grow. If a tree does not receive enough water it withers away but by
pressing their bodies into the forest children create new trees based on
their shape and character. As children explore and play they discover that
the environment is inhabited by a variety of sonic life forms and
creatures who appear and disappear depending on the health of the forest.
As the seasons change the creatures also go through a metamorphosis.”

Theodore Watson
Emily Gobeille

Funky Forest – Interactive Ecosystem from Theo Watson on Vimeo.


One thought on “Funky Forest: Kids Bring a Digital Oasis to Life

  1. Funky Forest is really tremendous…one of the great aspects of this experience is that every child is fully empowered to explore and create in the ‘funky’ space without the need for language. This widens the expressive potential for all children. Laura, thanks for writing about such interesting projects! Love your blog!!!

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