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Come Play!

A very cool way to explore friendship, collaboration, teamwork and getting along with others

Step into the game! Larger-than-life bowling, billiards, foosball, backgammon, dice and other clubhouse games let you join in with others to test your game skillsand your social skillsas you explore the many ways we connect with others through play. In an innovative, high tech, high energy experience, kids and families have fun while learning more about how we collaborate, communicate and work together as teams, as opponents and as friends.

Nacho Rodrguez Bach The Artist behind the Experience

One of the worlds most innovative artists, Nacho Rodrguez Bach presents this surprising and very entertaining educational experience through his unique blend of technology, sound and visual applications. Celebrated internationally through his accomplishments in music, art installations and numerous museum exhibitions, Nachos works have been featured in venues from North America, Europe and Asia. A native of Mexico City, Nacho is a graduate of Bostons Berklee College of Music and completed independent film studies at USC in Los Angeles. For PLAY, Nacho has devoted himself towards developing an original and independent language. The work utilizes basic form and recognizable objects to include the viewer, inviting them in for an extraordinary experience. Nachos artistic and conceptual creativity merges with the educational foundations of social and behavioral science to create a unique, interactive way to explore the nature of friendship.

Educational Content About the Collaborators

Eric Harrison Chudler, Ph.D. Director of Education and Outreach, University of Washington, Engineered Biomaterials Research Associate Professor, University of Washington
A neuroscientist, Dr. Chudler is a basic researcher performing experiments related to how the nervous system works and how disease affects the brain. Author of Neuroscience for Kids, he received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, completed his post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. , and instructed at the Harvard Medical School and at the Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. His work has been published extensively in journals, books he has authored and co-authored, and his appearances range from CBS News to Radio Disney.

Marcia Rudy, Ph.D. Science Writer and Program Development Consultant

Dr. Rudy is a consultant working with the New York Hall of Science and the Queens Borough Public Librarys Science in the Stacks project to develop and select educationally age-appropriate materials and activities. Formerly, she directed the Public Programs department at the New York Hall of Science, developing activity guides/manuals related to such television shows as Scholastics The Magic School Bus, Rough Science, and Dragonfly TV. Dr. Rudy taught high school English and junior high Science and worked with Childrens Television Workshops 3-2-1 Contact show on educational materials. She has a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Science Education; is on the boards of the Museums Council of New York City, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc., and the Queens County Farm Museum; and is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Museums.


an exhibition about friendship

Classic clubhouse games are transformed into a sleek 5,000 square foot experience where visitors interact with giant playing pieces fitted with audiovisual and interactive media components.

Explore theories of science, beauty and art inherent in the dynamics of human interaction.

Vibrant sets, coupled with engaging bilingual text (English/Spanish), provide a glimpse into the fundamentals of social play and illuminate the invisible relationships that exist across cultures and generations.

Celebrate the human collective and find out what it means to be a friend.

the exhibits

SEE yourself in others and others in you
The way people around the world communicate changes with circumstances of place and time but the need for interaction comes from our common origin.

Each side of the die represents a different region of the world and its regionally specific traditions.

Hundreds of individually told proverbs are recited by a medley of voices from past generations and varied cultures.

Social Themes
Communication, Awareness

Science Themes
Human Genome Project, Probability

Compassionto have empathy for others with a desire to help


LISTEN to the dialogue
In musical terms, counterpoint happens when a musical motif is answered by a tonal response. This process gives music balance and movement at the same time. The development of this dialogue is what we call melody.

Here a giant backgammon board represents this dialogue as the visitor walks on it. With each step, the motion activates the triangles of the board. They become illuminated and produce a melody that interacts with melodies coming from other players actions. As the visitors respond to the actions of others, the melody becomes a polyphonic symphony.

Musical Themes
Counterpoint, Balance, Melody, Polyphonic

Social Themes
Negotiation/Conflict Resolution

Science Themes

Respectto be considerate of others rights and property and to listen attentively

THINK before you act

In the arithmetic of life, added efforts divide problems and multiplied resources subtract needs.

A full set of giant, soft-play dominoes encourages creativity and active play. Here everyone works together to build buildings, forts, mazes and more. Practice matching numbers or play a simple version of the domino game to promote cooperation and skills.

Social Themes
Strategy/Decision Making Skills, Competitive Play

Science Themes
Evolutionary Neurobiology, Theory of Mind, Math

Self-disciplineto control your actions, words, and feelings in all situations

FEEL as a part of something greater than yourself

When we connect with each other, we become elements of a new spontaneous network. What if the human collective behaved as a symbiotic system that is fully capable of experiencing?

Here this system is represented by a pool table surface with a set of nine giant billiard balls visitors can move. Each ball sounds with a melody that interacts with the other balls, synchronizing individual melodies to form a complex composition.

game: billiards

Social Themes
Selflessness, Sharing, Collective Experience

Science Themes
Neurons, Consciousness, Emergent phenomenon

Generosity - to find opportunities to give or share with others

EXPRESS yourself and RESPECT the will of the group

The human network grows with communication. Like stones thrown into water, actions create ripples that affect those close to us as well as people we have never met.

Here the visitor enters an enclosed room displaying 8 life-sized soccer players with open faces. Every wall is a mirror, producing the illusion of an endless court filled with countless players.

Visitors can climb into the hollow figures and become a part of the network by observing the panorama of the field and the reflected images beyond.

Social Themes
Democracy, Empathy, Leadership

Science Themes
Binary Code, The Affect Effect Theory

Responsibilityto prepare and perform any task accepted or assigned

BE THERE for your friends

When we face a problem, the possibilities of overcoming it increase if we form a team around us.

Images of bowling balls are displayedeach branded with a common social problem. The sound of a rolling ball begins the action while each player decides if they will battle the dilemma separately or pull together as a group.

You are invited to step over the line (without penalty) and walk down the alley. A synchronized video screen displays each rolling ball smashing into the pins. Symbolically, the pins remain upright as a powerful group, unaffected by the blow of the ball.

Social Themes
Support groups, Team building

Science Themes
Synergy, Aromatic Molecules

Compassion to have sympathy for others feelings with a desire to help

(Displays will be in English)

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