CBC The Current – “Fun and games: Why we should take time to play”

In a world of juggling emails, texts and social media, the rise of stress and anxiety seems to be by-products of our non-stop, connected world. How to combat the effects?

Enter the world of games and play.

Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and author of Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games, tells The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti how boredom plays a role in fun.

“In boredom there’s a sense that you’ve expended the obvious capacities of your situation.”

Bogost says that boredom gives you two choices. One is to seek something else out. And the other is to pay attention to boredom as new terrain and go deeper.

He sees boredom as necessary to pursue fun and says the experience of play is richest when you approach it with questions like, “What else is possible and how can I kind of collaborate with this object?”

This edition of The Current caught my attention. The Labyrinths I have been making in recent years have more to do with Fun and Play than Reflection or Meditation.

There is much overlap with Ian Bogost’s point of view about Fun and Games, and my decision to create chalk or painted Labyrinths in Public Spaces where Children are usually found, like playgrounds.

This interview helped explain a number of behaviours I have observed in people walking my Labyrinths, providing vocabulary which until now had remained elusive.

Cool. I’ll now have to go read his book.

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“Public Art – Colour Their World – Wading Pool Murals Aim To Inspire Wee Ones” – By Tatum Dooley – Spacing Magazine, Summer 2017, Page 17

‘…The idea that murals add a colourful element that enhances parks was echoed by artist HiMY SYeD:

“Wading pools are only used for their intentional purpose a few hours out of the year.”‘

‘The Labyrinths that HiMY has painted on wading pools scattered throughout Toronto add an element of play for children whether there is water or not, increasing the hours they’re used. …’

Tatum Dooley, Spacing Magazine Summer 2017, Page 17

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My Giant Canada150+ Chalk Labyrinth in shape of a Maple Leaf… – Jack Poole Plaza – Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory

On this Canada Day 2017, I found my way to Jack Poole Plaza in Downtown Vancouver and the big empty space of interlocking bricks immediately north of the Olympic Cauldron which was lit up to mark Canada150.

I chalked out a Giant Maple Leaf which contained a Labyrinth.

It was enjoyed almost immediately by many.

It was also walked over, invisible to many.

This City, Vancouver, has added a “+” to their Canada150 observances of the year.

That “+” is to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples and their Unceded Coast Salish Territory upon which we as settlers/colonizers now occupy.

To many in Vancouver, Indigenous People and their Territory are now seen and acknowledged.

To many elsewhere in Canada, Indigenous People and their Territory remain invisible.

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“Rainy day brings good luck right?” — Leigh Mitchell, Christie Pits Park Labyrinth


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“We found the Labyrinth at Christie Pits Park. We’ve walked it twice now and it really is meditative.” — Kristi Fuoco

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“This is a Labyrinth… See if I can make it in the Middle” — Keith Lumapas

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“Playing on the splash pool!” — Sohail Bastani

This is the Wading Pool Labyrinth I painted choosing blue for the circuits.

You can enjoy in Riverdale Park East, just steps away from the animals in front of the Riverdale Farm / Zoo.

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“Labyrinth, Spring” — Mary Bennett, Unitarian Church, Vancouver

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“Traversing the Eglinton Park Labyrinth makes me Theseus for a day, right?” — Bob Georgiou

“Traversing the Eglinton Park labyrinth makes me Theseus for a day, right?”

— Bob Georgiou (@ScenesFromACity)

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‘In “The Honest Minotaur” we meet the lonely guardian of Honest Ed’s Labyrinth. Where will he go now?’ — Toronto Comics Anthology

The Toronto Comics Anthology this year includes the story “The Honest Minotaur” by Steven Andrews (@cardboardshark) and Ally Rom Colthoff (@varethane).

They are currently raising funds via Kickstarter, and it’s also where you can order your own copy.

Books will be available at TCAF – Toronto Comics Arts Festival – in May.

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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” — Dr. Seuss



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“It’s not a Labyrinth. This is the 407 highway in Toronto, supporting one of North America’s most congested highways” — Ferrovial

“It’s not a labyrinth. This is the 407 highway in Toronto, supporting one of North America’s most congested highways.”

— Ferovial

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“Apparently there’s a Toronto Labyrinth Society… their clubhouse is a pain in the ass to find, though, and it involves avoiding a Minotaur.” — Thomas Calnan

The Toronto Labyrinth Society IS hard to find… because they are known as the Labyrinth Community Network!


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“Labyrinth of Light” – Secret Lantern Society – 23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – Vancouver


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A Cartoon in The New Yorker…

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Found this Cartoon in The New Yorker.

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