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We questioned how the people in the area for our investigation could find a posssibility of change, since our impression was that they where trapped in limiting and repeating patterns. We mapped their social, economical and moving patterns to make a spacial hiearchy visible.

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The perspective for the mapping was that the inhabitants and objects in the area are in constant relation, and that the common space is formed by these relations. By interactions and participation in the space, the inhabitants are maintaining the situation with constant but repeted changes.

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The conclusion was that there is moments when a change could take place, but to make a spacial change, it must be through a change in the negotiation of space. A change can only start with themself. The key is to make this visible to them, and make them consious about their own abilities to change their situation. They are the main actors in the plot. The story is about how to make this visible to them.

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perspective In Cairo, there is a small village called Mokattam. The people living there is called Zabbaleen wich means garbage collector. This, because since the village was built in the 70s, their main livelihood has been to collect and manufacture the garbage of the citizens of Cairo.

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As humans we constantly participate the creation of a reality. It is a subjective truth, or a mindset meaning that its formulated in our minds as the truth.

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The reference, from which our beliefs are built up, is generally taken from the con text we live in, our culture. If we are active participators in the construction of this culture, there are possibilities for emanicipatory changes. This means that we can reflect on and reformulate concepts that are not valid anymore.

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in, our culture. If we are active participators in the construction of this culture, there is an ability of also changing it. This means that we can reflect and rebuild parts that are not valid anymore.

But if we are passive iconsumers of someone else’s construction, the understanding of the own ability of participating is strangulated.

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In Mokattam, the culture is generally constructed by the church and the norms followed by their working traditions. The inhabitans also watch a lot of television and are therefore participating, passively, in the urban media society.

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my . . In our imaginative world, interpretations of reality are created and linked to eachother. Our vocabulary is fragments of this percepton, thus hiding all of what we feel but have not yet gave a word.

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This is why cultural expressions like theare, film, music, litterature and common rituals are generating a felling of relef and fellowship. The act is embodying parts of these unsaid words, deliberating truths on another level.

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perspective Moments of spontanious creativity, like playing, is great factors to develop the own feeling of capacity. By introducing strategies of spontanious playing my hope is to expand the mindset and give the abilities a platform to grow from.

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What? a fairytale framework in a storybox playing modules forming a narrative world where fragments from reality as wel as from fantasy can meet and be explored

The storybox consists of a fairytale framework with stimmulating questions, and a cut-out scenografy with examples but also empty spaces to fill in. The storybox in the first place is concieved to be a smal playing tool for children. But it can also be blown-up in an number of different dimensions, up to a ful-scale theatre. The project works on two different levles; an acupuncture-style implementation in childrens dayly play and as a possible extension tion of this, the establishing of a new platform where fysical theatre can be arranged. The basic ambition, as a first step, is to provide a tool for free play.


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it all starts with you!

you have a face. It senses. By seeing, tasting, smelling and hearing you reflect. cut out!

you have hair. long, short,straight or curly or very little? Bearded?


where are you?

where do you live?

whats over your head?

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whats behind you?

what is surrounding you?


who is there?

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you are not alone in the world. Who is there with you? Some are persons, some are animals some are objects, and some are just fantasy, though very present!


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this part consists of words and their meaning. This is the most subjective part, as its concept is formulated by you. Nothing in this cathegory is right or wrong, but depending of how you combine the words, different situations will follow.

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diversify Inside the storybox you can travel to wherever (even places that does not exist) If you dare, you can stage your worst nightmare. Or how it is in paradise? cut out!


where is the limit?

Everything can happen in the storybox, only your imagination is the limit. But that is not completely true, since we are restricted by norms and traditions wich will affect the play even though its a harmless game. What we think is our little secret, and what we say is a censured fragment of that thought. Still, by trying out scenarios in the storybox, the limits and rules from the real world is beeing visible and confronted. This is the first step towards a change in reality.


How?

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The idea is to make the storybox easy to build in different materi als, in a variety of scales. All parts are two dimensional but can to gether form a three dimensional world. In this way, only small re sorses and your own fantasy are required to build the storybox This is important for spreading the tool among the children. This can be introduced by temporary workshops visiting different areas, but also as a tool in the school environment. Since the story does not need much space, it can be an istrument to reach children who do not go to school and have little spare time. Today there is two groups within the church community who work with puppet theatre and storytelling. The first step of the project would be to introduce them to the concept of the storybox.

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to educate and spread the use of the storybox lead by the already existing theatre groups in the church.


a fairytale...


inside this box lives an elephant. can you believe it?


every moment is new, but the routines are mostly the same play: try making your movements differently or act like someone else. walk slow if you normaly walk fast, speak loud if you normaly speak low. what is happening to you? what happens to the context?

your friend the elephant he lives of your ideas he loves fairytales, playing games and sharing secrets. tell him an exiting adventure and he will get very big!


what is he wispering to you? a rabbit? ... stealing from the shop?.... flying away in an aroplane?... play: use your word library and pick 5 without looking; what story is it telling you? What can you find out?

but if you forget about him or lie to him, he will get smaller than you can imagine!


heroes sexuality fairytales filosophy dayliy life the world feelings history politics about love have you heard him?

play: You are the detective searching the elephants voice. Collect what you hear during one day; how many songs do you hear? How many stories and rumors?

as often can, he stand in the way he stops the workers to tell them a fairytale but mostly they dont listen they dont see him


NEWS whats on your television?

play: if you are with friends, say one sentence each! It can be completely nonsens or an attempt to translate...

today I feel strange, its something under my skin

he loves watching tv! but since he doesnt understand what they say, he makes up the plot himself!

Now you are on tv! What is your programme about? Is it news? Or a film? Love or action? –


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Im tired of beeing bister, I have other sides!


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Its weird I have not thought about it before


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And I´m proud of it!


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Im in love and its not in jesus!


but the elephant wanted more adventure, infact he had already sailed away!


he travels a lot, by aeroplane, motorcycle and sometimes in baloon

once he landed in oppositeland where nothing was the same first he did not notice, but then he saw! what is normal?

play: create your own oppsite Mokattam. How would you act? What eould happen? Make up a story with one rule: everything in the plot must be opposite!


this is a secret one night the elephant walked out of the box he got scared, the outside was so big and he could not do the same things he felt smal infact, he was not bigger than a rat at the moment!


but then he realised...


he was not alone!

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an urban intervention project situated in Zabbaleen, Cairo. Made as a schoolproject 2012 at Umeå school of architecture