Image, with thanks to  Johanna McWeeney  - a detail from her oil painting ‘Evensong’. For full image and story  see here

Image, with thanks to Johanna McWeeney - a detail from her oil painting ‘Evensong’. For full image and story see here

OORFC asks this simple and specific question:

What are we doing to our children?

This is a serious question that warrants a response.

We all either have children and/or are the child of our parents; so this question is of universal nature. Here the ‘our’ refers to children in general.

For many people, no matter from what walk of life, their answer(s) will raise concerns. We therefore invite people to respond to this question with ideas which could help to address those concerns and whose practical implementation would thus effect some overall beneficial social change. And we ask, too, that these ideas are then shared here for others to implement. As such, this website acts as an on-line repository of ideas and an information site.

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Joseph Beuys

The German artist, Joseph Beuys, believed that every aspect of life can be approached creatively and that we all possess the creativity needed to help shape/sculpt society to achieve beneficial social change. As such, we all participate in a process of what he called 'social sculpture', and OORFC, by gathering all the individual responses into one place, endeavours to provide a facility to make this sculptural process easier and quicker for the overall benefit of society.

OORFC operates in two ways.

Firstly, as an on-line facility. Respondents can simply type their response to the question 'What are we doing to our children? in the ON-LINE RESPONSE page of the website. There is no need to give an email address. The response will then be embedded into an OORFC response form and included in the repository, under different categories of ‘concern’. More dropdown categories will be added according to respondents’ various concerns.

Secondly, OORFC operates in the form of a pop-up office, operating wherever is practically feasible. Its first outing was at Powderham Castle’s ‘Art Month’ which was in full swing until 28th June.

In the pop-up 'Offices of Respondsability for Children', potatoes are used as OORFC’s symbol of childhood. Each respondent receives a ‘special’ potato - as a living artwork that prompts the lingering question ‘What are we to do now?’

Respondents may, or may not, choose to add their name to their contribution.

Would you like to open a pop-up 'office'?

See here for more information.