Main Film – Strange Wonder

A CUE TV project involving 20 young people aged 12 from Manchester Communication Academy. They developed digital filming and journalist skills to apply in a visit to Manchester Art Gallery, who arranged special permissions from Arts Council England for them to review a major visual art exhibition ‘Flashback’ by Anish Kapoor during May 2011. Following the visit, the pupils originated their own artworks in response to the exhibition.


1. What does it remind me of?: Anish Kapoor’s work reminds me of lots of things – food, dreams, stories – and also everyday objects. It also makes me think deeper about what it reminds me of. How did it make me feel?: I felt a lot of feeling, however, not a lot of true emotions. It’s like a song really, I can like a song, then I can treasure a song. This is like his art, and I think this is because it reminds you of everyday things: meaning I see these things everyday, so I get a little bit bored after two minutes of looking at the work. However, compared to a painting from the nineteenth century, or one of Lowry’s pieces of work, you can compare and look more deeply into it. Do I like this art?: Like I said before, I like the art; however, I do not treasure and take the art to my heart. This is because it is simple, modern, and usual art. However, I do like it because of how one object can bring people together and you’re guaranteed to all think of something else! How did I enjoy the experience?: I loved it! Especially the interviewing. I loved the fact everyone always puts their thoughts into their own words! It also gives me a skill for later life working with people. I loved this project and it has got me to think deeper!

2. The work made me feel excited as I first walked in; it was very creative and imaginative. Some of the work was amazing and made me really think because it’s so simple but different. After a while of seeing the different art works that he created, it became a bit boring because with this type of work, once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. This work was different to all the other art works I’ve seen because the shapes and the materials he used were really effective. However, he used a little too much red in his work, but the colours were bright. His works took a while to sink in because they were mysterious and made me think of what they could be. Some of the questions I thought of were…. How did he come up with such weird ideas? Where did he find these types of materials? Why did he create such an art work? I felt many emotions as I thought and examined the piece of work. The work reminded of many household things, such as lemons, and some work presented a story like a princess stuck in a castle at the end of long dark forest and a sandy pyramid, with a lazy dragon sleeping, minding the doorless castle. I’m not sure how much I like this work, because it’s great, but not so great at the sane time. Walking in and seeing it for the first time was fantastic until closer to the end of the exhibition the work became boring and it was as if I’d seen the work many times before. It could have been better if there was more work to see and more interactive things for kids to do, like quizzes on the work and and things to touch. At the exhibition I interviewed some people, and it was great how people get to see the work in different ways and have their own opinion on how the work made them feel and react.

3. Anish Kapoor’s work reminds me of things I would see in my imagination. It reminds me of mountains and things you would see in fairy tales, like enchanted forests, and princess stories, like Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, because some of his work looks like volcanoes. His exhibition made me feel amazed. This wasn’t the first time I had been to an exhibition – it was different to any of the others I had seen before, because it was sculptures. It was very different because he uses his imagination rather than lots of logic. He creates art to make people question how it was made and how did it get into this exhibition. I liked Anish Kapoor’s work because it made me question, especially the pregnant wall, wondering how they got it there. The turning the world inside out was really interesting because you could see the end of the art work but it was weird as it turns you upside down. In a different perspective it looked like a trumpet from a tournament in the middle ages, announcing the winner of the competition. The big plates were interesting as they looked like they were the dinner plates of a giant. I could just imagine a giant putting turnips, carrots, a cabbage and five whole cows on to one plate, and then eating it, then saying: ‘That was some nice lunch, can’t wait till dinner, I wonder what i will have?’ I think the artist was thinking when he was building his sculptures, ‘I want to make people think about how I built this, and I want to make people think this so they will be more interested in my work and to help them question how, how, how – because everyday life has questions.’

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