Making our own BLOPs

After encountering Andrew Raffo Dewar’s sound installation and his collaboration with painters, dancers, textile artists, etc. (that I talked about yesterday), I showed my children Hervé Tullet’s BLOP animations. Hervé Tullet writes popular, interactive books. “Press Here” is the one I see in most homes. Like the sound and drawing collaboration between Dewar and Pete Schulte, Tullet’s BLOP animations are another example of how sound translates to drawing. The BLOP videos helped my children process what they experienced in the gallery through a different style.

I cut out a few blops for my children to paint, hoping they would want to make their own stop motion videos. We tried a few times. Dancing them through the yard, moving them across a surface, adding sound effects, etc. In the end, we didn’t make a video, (but they keep asking to). I think one of the more interesting results was the sound of scraping them in the dirt (a sound that could have come from Andrew Raffo Dewar’s project).

While we were working on our blops, it took me a few minutes to accept that we weren’t going to make an animation. I had to stop myself from pulling them away from playing with the blops to teach them to make a specific kind of video. I forgot to be open to the journey.  They were very serious about their work and excited when I brought home Tullet’s “I am Blop” book from the library.





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