Mathias Poulsen

Play Activist & Researcher @ Designskolen Kolding

Category: PhD

  • Music for Writing

    As I’m moving deeper into PhD territory, while working from home in our Covid isolation bubble, I’m slowly trying to develop good habits for writing. I am not a disciplined person and I’m not very good with structure, so starting a new, big project on my own, working in genres (such as a “PhD plan”)…

  • Drafting an experiment

    This document describes an experiment I was planning for an event at Designschool Kolding, the DesignCamp 2021 – “Island Matters – Speculative Fabulations of Possible Futures”. Now the event is online, so I’m working on a different version, but for inspiration, I’ll share the initial draft here. “What if…” First, the “what if” statement for…

  • Adults play, too

    That title is almost too obvious for me to write, bordering on the plain ridiculous. Of course we do. Even so, I still regularly have to explain that I’m particularly interested in the (sometimes invisible or even ) play of adults. When I founded CounterPlay, I hoped to create a space where adults could meet…

  • The voice of objects

    The voice of objects

    Let’s talk a bit about objects, materials, artifacts. I decided to narrow my exploration of play as democratic participation down to the arena of “skrammellegepladser”, AKA junk or adventure playgrounds, for a number of reasons. I am particularly motivated by the social, embodied forms of play, where players interact with each other, materials and objects,…

  • Experimenting with experiments

    A new beginning? Today is my first day as PhD student, which feels a bit funny. As Camilla said in the morning when I left, hardly concealing her laughter: “have a nice first day of school” (when we met each other, she had just handed in her own dissertation and now, 9 years later, I’m…