Cchildren should be exposed to as many
impressions as they can cope with until they
are 10-12 years old: that is, if we follow the
logic from the fact that this is the period
when the brain is most open to incentives.
Stimulated frequently and multilaterally the
brain will develop a more open, lively and
flexible way of thinking. Therefore, generating
a wide variety of experiences is crucial for
the well functioning of a society: indeed,
children are the engine room, the depot, and
the future capital.
As a byproduct of an increasing globalism, our
world today seems to grow smaller instead of
bigger; through an increasing emphasis on
fundamentalism and a growing sense of fear and
insecurity, we seem to voluntary give up the
freedom which has been developed as one of the
achievements of our democratic society. With
consequences that we might be able to imagine,
but are -yet- unknown.
Skinners’ Box (1) is a three-dimensional, scaled-down reproduction of its surrounding museum space into which the visitor is invited to enter.
With its shrunken sizes of 14 meters long, 4 meters wide, 1.50 meters high, this model of the room - 2/3 smaller than the actual space- is built to accommodate the height of the average height of children of 10-12 years, thus allowing different visitors a very different experience of scale; that of a child or a giant.
For the whole duration of the show, this space is the space for the children: they have been working with the artists, and have developed ideas about what the concept of freedom may mean for them, and they have been asked to contribute to this space by exhibiting those ideas to this free space, which will eventually form the ‘depot of freedom’.
The collection, growing in time, will form the direct expression of their enormous potential.
(1) Skinner’s Box is indebted to scientist B.F.
Skinner , who developed a box to study behavior.
His research is not undisputed and surrounded
by myth and ambiguities.