TECH MATE is a new project in development by OSCA that invites children into a playful object filled experimental space.
Conceived by Paul Gazzola, TECH MATE asks children to take the lead in how they want to creatively dream, create and build temporary large-scale art installations supported by an evolving team of SA artists – TECH MATES. Working with a range of materials, each TECH MATE functions as a technical support person to the child’s creative inspiration and imaginative explorations. They help stick things together, make the outcomes structurally sound and the activities safe.
The first workshops in August 2023 took place as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre inSpace Residency program and were attended by 42 children from the ages of 4 to 14 years. The next stage is planned for 2024.