How we work
Since the beginning we've maintained three important concepts: play, creativity and recycling. In other words, we use ingenuity to create original games (play) that we invent (Creativity) with recovered and recycled materials and objects (recycling) for all the public.
What forms part of our creative process:
- Objects of our imagination: Over time we’ve come across a huge number of industrial and household objects. We've internalized the many shapes, mechanisms, qualities, and textures which allows us to create new, fun, itinerant artefacts from original objects.
- Knowledge: We need knowledge of all kinds of techniques such as the basics of electricity, energy sources, tools for assembling and manipulating objects, mechanisms, paints, game dynamics and human skills, concepts such as replayability... We're constantly learning new things in order to put our imagination into practice.
- The willpower and passion to work Without a very large dose of willpower and passion we wouldn't have started on this adventure nor would we have held out so long. We are constantly challenging ourselves to create new artifacts that can be enjoyed by the public while contributing positive values like sustainability, increased self-sufficiency, and creativity.
These three things grow and feed back into each other during the working hours of the workshops.
“L’Animalada”. We focused on finding aesthetic similarities between the original objects and the animals they become, and between what those animals do and the possible dynamics for a game.
“Els Recicloperats”. Our objective was to maintain the object’s original form as much as possible while creating a new and dynamic game.
“Enginys Eko.poètiks” came from a growing interest in electronics and electronic waste. We were convinced that we could meet some magical goals and also provide one more example of how we can create energy that it more sustainable.
For each we share the same goal of creating artefacts for the public that are simple, concise, safe, and attractive.
Our work space: The Workshop.
The Workshop is our laboratory. It’s also where we store all our games and where we keep all the objects and materials we accumulate. We think up games over breakfast, while driving, before falling asleep, or in the shower... but we actually create and test them in the Workshop. This is also the place where we practice for our different performances.
The Workshop is always full of all kinds of objects that seemed interesting and that we saved from a less attractive future. We've already found a new life for many of the objects and the others wait eagerly. Over time the Workshop has become a much-loved space. It’s been witness to failures but also wonderful successes. It's where we created the elephant's trunk and where the flamingo finally emerged, after months of coaxing; it's where we cure the bumps and bruises all the games sometimes get, and where there's a streetlamp, among other things, that looks at us pleadingly, reminding us that she really should be a giraffe.
The Workshop is the games’ home. They leave from there and come back after they perform (and who know what they get up to at night when the lights are out and they’re on their own)
It’s also the place where we store and organize the household materials we use for our collective workshops Trastuss.