Stories of Pastimes and Play
Crossover Point was a joint commission from HOUSE Biennial in partnership with Photoworks to work with a diverse group of participants from Brighton Table Tennis Club to explore stories, memories and the ideas that connect us.
Starting from the stories found within Brighton Museum & Art Gallery’s Willett Collection of Popular Pottery, such as the Devil/Pope stirrup cup, and the Museum’s collection of Regency caricatures, the project considers ideas around the theme of Excess and the polarities that having too much or too little can foster.
The Willett Collection is catalogued into a variety of themes covering all aspects of British life, including the political, social and cultural. The project explored some of the Collection’s themes such as history, sport and pastimes, with a series of workshops, activities and discussions, sharing stories, playing with caricature and inviting the representation of personal narratives. Looking at the objects we use to tell our stories, the project considered how these change across different cultures, ages and backgrounds.
Crossover point is the point in a game of table tennis where a player needs to change between a forehand and backhand.