Primary School ‘Kits’ & Creative Responses

More than 600 primary school-age pupils from 10 schools across Greater Manchester have been engaging with Atmospheric Memory and developing their own creative responses to the work. Throughout the project, we’ve been bringing together art and science, reflecting the collaboration between MIF and the Science and Industry Museum.

Exploring the lasting impact of the words we speak and how we can visualise words and sound, the pupils have experimented with objects created by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer via a special kit. Unique objects – including one of the world’s first 3-D printed speech bubbles – have inspired the students to develop their own ideas.

Activities have included in-school sessions designed to engage pupils with complex ideas in a cross-curricular framework. Children have been using their bodies creatively to represent words and sentences; inventing new words and thinking about what they would look like; and considering the emotional impact of the words they speak and hear every day.

The programme culminated in the schools receiving a free visit to Atmospheric Memory at the Science and Industry Museum during MIF19.

Thanks to the pupils and teachers at Butterstile Primary School in Bury, Cale Green Primary School in Stockport, Castle Hill St Philip’s CE Primary School in Wigan, Crab Lane Community Primary School in Manchester, The Ferns Primary Academy in Bolton, The Friars Primary School in Salford, Gorse Hill Primary School in Trafford, Medlock Valley Primary School in Oldham, Milton St John’s CE Primary School in Tameside and Whittaker Moss Primary School.