A book made by and with children in Leidsche Rijn about the travelling yellow slide in the neighborhood!
Made by artists Asia Komarova (The Outsiders) and Merel Zwarts in collaboration with students from Basisschool De Ridderhof.Affiliated study lines:: Center for Ecological (Un)learning (CEU)
“I am a slide, and people could still use me as such, to climb on and to slide down. But this time I was used for more, to bridge borders! This is why I was standing right over a hedge, so people could go from one side to the other.”
In 2018 a second-hand yellow slide landed in Leidsche Rijn, right over a hedge that separated the once-abandoned Terwijde farmhouse from a newly built shopping mall. It was brought to the place by the artist collective The Outsiders, as well as Casco Art Institute and the friends and neighbours who had inhabited and animated the farmhouse earlier that year in a collective venture. Now, two years later, the farmhouse has been sold to a developer and we work hard on new plans around it, stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, the slide has been relocated to het Muziekplein next to the farmhouse, where it connects the many children –and sometimes adults, as we saw – playing in Leidsche Rijn.
To capture and share the stories of the slide, Asia Komarova from The Outsiders and artist, pedagogue, and another of Casco’s long-standing collaborators Merel Zwarts made a book for children, with children, in the Terwijde neighbourhood. They collaborated with students from Basisschool de Ridderhof, a primary school in Leidsche Rijn, who imagined themselves to be the slide – drawing and asking questions such as, What kind of character does this slide have? How does it feel moving from place to place? and, Where would the slide like to go next?
De Reizende Glijbaan came out of this journey and is ready for reading. Please email us on email@example.com if you would like to acquire the book or read it online here.