I’m working (there’s that word!) with Stuart Brown‘s *properties* of play (defining play is like defining love) as a place to start. Here they are:
- Apparently purposeless (done for its own sake)
- Inherent Attraction
- Freedom from time
- Diminished consciousness of self
- Improvisational potential (not locked into rigid way of doing things, open to chance)
- Continuation desire
I trip up a little on the 1st attribute. I like it but I don’t, but I think it’s semantic. After talking with friend, artist and teacher Tonya Kehoe-Anderson today over lunch as she brilliantly expounded on the place of play in what she does as a teacher, I came up with this alteration that works for me: “apparently purposeless: it’s not about the product, it’s about the process”. What do you think?