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11 February (ongoing)
Reviewed by: Natasha Howes »
Motorists speed along the Mancunian Way, unaware of passing a new, subtle intervention into Manchesters urban landscape. Two inner-city tower blocks standing 100 metres apart have been joined together via a thin strand of nylon. The thread runs from two sixth floor windows in opposite blocks and spans the space between low rise housing, tree-lined pavements, grass verges and a parking lot. Invisible from the ground below, the taut line delineates the air space normally overlooked by pedestrians, measuring the non-space between buildings. It also comments on the perception of the lost community within tower block residencies.
Joined was created by Manchester-based artists Cath Corlett, Paul Harfleet, Zac Ingham and Hilary Jack and commissioned for Apartment, the newest artist-led project space in Manchester. Apartment is a one-bedroom council flat on the sixth floor of 1960s tower block Lamport Court, where Harfleet lives. This is the third exhibition in which artists are invited to make work alongside domestic objects in the flat.
Living high up in the air must be a liberating experience. On sunny days the views are incredible. One side looks out over the city centre towards Salford, the other points towards Thomas Heatherwicks B of the Bang, the City of Manchester stadium and, in the distance, the green hills of the Peak District. Binoculars stand on the laminate kitchen worktop from which you can see Ingham and Corletts previous work, a circle cut from the undergrowth of the Pennine hillside.
I wonder if the downside of living so high up is that you feel isolated from the majority of earth-bound city dwellers. With Joined in place, you are reminded of your connections to others who share a similar experience and geographical outlook.
Apartment is a welcome new addition to Manchesters cultural landscape and Joined, a thoughtful intervention into 1960s urban planning. It will remain in place until it snaps.
49 Lamport Court, Lamport Close, Ardwick, Manchester M1 7EG
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