Homo Ludens 5000
I once ruled the worlds. Not just one, but many. I ruled them with mirrors and lenses. I ruled them with light and shadow and time. Sometimes I ruled with a trick of the eye. Through my camera, an entire cosmos took shape, and each world within it seemed to operate by a certain unfamiliar logic, like a sort of magical clockwork.
Today I am a photographer and I am still playing my games with anything that comes my way. Games are my routine. I have learned that playing is an essential way of seeing things differently, understanding things better, improving things and making great friends! Hermann Hesse writes in his Steppenwolf, “let’s play with each other and then we’ll learn from one another!” In essence, that’s what I do. I conceptualize the rules for any given challenge that I want to play at any given time and when needed the most. The result shall always be a valid solution of some sort.
“What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it”-(Mark Twain)
The homo ludens is the playing man. Besides the homo faber, the homo socialis, the homo politicus and many other species of human beings, the homo ludens defines a strong and advanced personal and social developing through techniques of play. Johan Huizinga suggests in his 1938 writing of The homo ludens that play is primary to and a necessary (though not sufficient) condition of the generation of culture. He describes ‘play’ as following:
1. Play is free, is in fact freedom.
2. Play is not “ordinary” or “real” life.
3. Play is distinct from “ordinary” life both as to locality and duration.
4. Play creates order, is order. Play demands order absolute and supreme.
5. Play is connected with no material interest, and no profit can be gained from it.
One thing is for sure: The revolution never stopped!
The second thing is: Everything we see belongs to us!
The third and most important thing is: We will win!