제목 Let's play together at the amusement park
작성자 김현정 (ip:)
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"I just want to represent the innocent childhood memories."

 

In my Junior high school year, we have talked about extra-curricular activities that had happened during weekend under the direction of art teacher in the Monday art class. One of my classmate delivered an impassioned speech about the amusement park. Maybe she released the stress from midterm period at the amusement park. She might have been suppressed her compulsion for quite a long time. Other friends joined to add up their memories of the amusement park as she kept poured out the past experiences. As if through the Proust phenomenon, in which a smell helps to remember a thing of the past, we all were swept away by the smell of the amusement park.

 

Actually, I am an amusement park freak. I pestered my father to get me an annual pass and I have visited whenever I had a spare time. Amusement park, at the time, was the only sanctuary from the excessive academic stress and I felt an unexplainable sense of freedom. Even now, the amusement park definitely is counted as the most enjoyable moment of my life.

 

Memories of the amusement park has vanished. These days adults work off their pend-up emotions by shopping, watching movies and drinking. Do people unconsciously dissociate present from the past and cut themselves off from the others without harking back to the childhood memories? Perhaps people are too busy to recall the amusement park at any moment. As legendary British rock band Queen has song “Too Much Love Will Kill You”, excessive greed destroys the ego.

 

"What do I really like?"

 

Anyone would think of this questions at least once. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche likened true self to the 'playing child'. Meaning and value of the play not only applies to the child but also affects men and gives a chance to naturally express themselves through play. Do all the grown-ups think of play only belongs to child? So that they subconsciously suppress instinct of enjoying and playing.

 

Every grown-ups have their own option. They chose not to play. They believe that play only belongs to children. But why don't we break the mold? Then there are indefinitely number of things we can play. Faux-naif Amusement Park is nostalgia for the countless lost things and things that may be lost in the future. Which are our precious memories.

 

Faux-naif, the one who keeps profound and mysterious secret in her skirt, enjoys her own favorite pursuit with no restrictions at all, regarding of the age, place and circumstance. The amusement park is not the only place to enjoy. She relishes all the trivial memories of childhood and neighborhood. Perhaps, where one can really enjoy indeed is the amusement park and maybe the true ego comes out when one savored the moment with obvious relish as it is.

Through the Faux-naif Amusement Park, I want to arouse the nostalgia to the grown-ups and make children feel the importance of the often neglected ordinary things. I present an opportunity of authenticity to think of what I really like.

 

Enjoy yourself!

 

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