in every place,
this is ...
Real places required in off-screen activity
Kids' own ideas used in a customised experience
Adults let kids lead and see the value of play
CHILD NATION FORMATs
Child Nation is interactive story adventures that engage kids with their surroundings.
Using an internet enabled device, children seamlessly enter the Child Nation world via QR on alluring signage and choose an adventure from a location-specific collection.
Each adventure presents children with simple and unusual questions, prompting them to physically explore their surroundings. Based on their typed responses, the platform crafts a personalised experience for each child. The adventures draw on various art forms, resulting in diverse outcomes for each different exploration and child user.
Child Nation enables children to engage with their surroundings free from the gaze of adults, enabling them to approach sites and locations in novel ways that challenge the conventional perspectives of adults.
This is a new genre of art-making for kids that empowers children to become creative and active citizens, where their boundless imaginations contribute to shaping a better world.
Curate from a diverse collection of artist created adventures
WHAT KIDS SAY
“it’s like being inside your own story as you make it up.”
“It's like a conversation in your own head.”
“It made me feel like I was on a trip somewhere.”
WHAT ADULTS SAY
"Jessica Wilson is always pushing art form boundaries, and seeks new ways for children to engage creatively with their parents, peers and places around them. I trust her methodology and practice completely.
The concept of CHILD NATION has great potential to broaden audiences. It provides an exciting and adventurous way to experience the performing arts outside of a traditional theatrical building."
Mary Harvey, Arts Centre Melbourne
"This is so good. I really found it transported me and was so engaged, even as an adult. Wonderful!"
Parent, Artground Singapore.
"I played one of the games today and it was transformative. Literally brought a tear to my eye. Cannot speak highly enough of Jessica’s creations!"
Melbourne Knowledge Week
“She liked the idea of her room having an identity. I tried to tell her about 'choose your own' adventure books that I read at her age and her eyes started glazing over...definitely your project was more engaging (lol).”
"It taps into a different part of their brain to explore different modes of thinking that they haven’t had opportunities to develop within the class.
I saw some children become so enthusiastic for the first time. As a teacher it actually made me reflect on how I can access children that are usually difficult to engage"
Year 3&4 classroom teacher
"…some of those things really cracked us up! I was so impressed that you were able to offer something meaningful, authentic and fun for the kids! Well done and thanks a million."
Lakisha Welch, M.Ed
"She loved the independence of it - that she could go off on her own and sit in the garden and just do it all by herself. She is on the Autism Spectrum, so I guess it worked to help her go into this dreamy state but also remain focused on something."
Parent of ASD participant
"Child Nation offers radical new ways of presenting arts experiences to children, and utilising our spaces."
Helen Withycombe, Creative Programs Manager, State Library Victoria