ZOOM Children’s Museum – A space for children
At ZOOM Children’s Museum, all the senses come into play. ZOOM is a place where kids can inquire, explore, play and create things. During the recent Child in the City World Conference in Vienna, some delegates had the opportunity to explore ZOOM Animated Film Studio. This media lab is for children and teenagers from 8 to 14 years.
About twenty participants of the 9th Child in the City World conference started with a nice walk for the field trip, ‘ZOOM Children’s Museum – A space for children’ from the Vienna City Hall to the Museums Quartier, the home of ZOOM. Upon arrival, they got an overview of the institution dedicated to children and families.
ZOOM is a focal point of children’s culture in the city of Vienna and a place where kids can inquire, explore, play and create things. In exhibition and workshop spaces specially designed for children, they can investigate topics from the worlds of art, science and everyday culture in a playful way, involving all senses. At ZOOM, children are perceived as independent personalities and taken seriously. Their experience and speed, their competencies, their worlds of perception, and ideas are respected and integrated into the programmes. The children’s different points of access and interests are taken into account.
The participants of the field trip were allowed to enter the new hands-on exhibition ‘EARTH&SOIL‘ before the opening-ceremony and could find out why it is so important to treat the soil carefully and sustainably. Then they got to know the other ZOOM areas. The main part of the trip was about the creation of short animations at the ZOOM Animated Film Studio. At this workshop area children and youngsters moderated by artists tell their stories, can experiment with new technologies and work together in teams to produce films and sounds.
The participants of the field trip had the opportunity to produce short movies in two teams. The teamwork and the creative process were great fun for them. Watch the produced films ‘OTCHU’ and ‘Peacock_in_the_City’ below.
Other artworks at the ZOOM collection can be found at https://www.kindermuseum.at/collection!
Feature image: ZOOM Animated Film Studio. Photo by: ZOOM Children’s Museum/katsey.org