haircuts by children

So there's this collective called Mammalian Diving Reflex and they did this project where they trained kids to give people haircuts:

"Mammillian Diving Reflex's Haircuts by Children was an act that surpassed theoretical notions of the participatory viewer in situational or relational aesthetics. This Toronto based collective jumped through the city's bureaucratic hoops and organized training for a group of local school children between the ages of ten and twelve to become hairdressers for a day. Over the course of two afternoons, a fleet of underage stylists inhabited a local barbershop, as dozens of adults gave them free rein over their visage. The children undertook the task at hand with great sincerity, as aware as the subjects in the barber's chair that their actions essentially inverted socially normative child/ adult roles and behavior."

- from Art Lies

All this just reminded me of our Haircut zine as well as our CAP coloring book. Maybe there's something to be taken from this project. Not that great of a collective, but it's still kinda interesting.


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