Joined by Zac Ingham

By Zac Ingham and Cath Corlett, Joined is a single piece of nylon thread spanning a 200m gap between two tower blocks. The thread exits a living room window of a flat on the seventh floor of Lockton Court visible above, and enters the sixth floor kitchen window of Apartment in Lamport Court.



The thread was thrown out of the window of Lockton Court guided by Cath and Zac across the estate. Then winched up to Apartment using another peice of the thread. For the opening the thread was lit from Lockton Court, video documentation filmed and edited by Hilary that revealed some of the process was shown in the living room.


Radio Appearance

Tune in to GMR to hear Hilary Jack and Paul Harfleet talking about 'joined' and Apartment on the Michelle Mullane show 'Around Midnight'.


AN Magazine

The above article appeared in AN magazine in May 2005.



This article appeared in the Manchester Evening News on the 14th of Feb.


This piece appeared in the Manchester Evening News on the 18th of Feb 2005.


An article published in the Manchester Evening News on Feb 14th produced these comments from the public, appearing in the Manchester Evening News on Feb 18th. Apartment would like to point out that although the nylon thread is not visible from the ground floor, and does appear to disappear into the distance towards the other tower block. The thread is quite visible within a few feet. So we believe that no birds were harmed during the showing of this artwork, regular patrols of the area have not shown any dead or dying birds littering the estate.



It was great to see Joined. It was spectacular to see the string span the estate at night illuminated by a beam of light. The rain settled on the thread in glittering droplets as people gathered on the balcony. There was a childlike delight when I realised this piece actually did what it said on the tin. sent by Janet Law, Manchester



Apartment: Preview

the preview was great, I loved space and the work and its not often you get to chat to Mark Dion on the sixth floor of a council tower block....


When I read the press release for Joined I thought that artists were pulling a fast one and that they must have cheated. And even after watching the video Im still not sure how they did this piece of work, but I really liked it, it was ambitous and we need more stuff like this in Manchester. Matt Eastwick



The following was published in Eighty Twenty Magazine in January.

There was a time when attaching a couple of tin cans to a piece of string and dangling one out of your bedroom window was a simple way to communictae with a friend. We quickly moved on to walkie talkies, mobile phones and instant messanging services that cross continents in nano seconds and its with this in mind that I find myself standing beside the Mancunian Way on a wintry afternoon to document an event that we've been planning for some time.
Its cold and my fingers can barely operate the camera. Cath holds her arm up above her head, her hand tightly clutching a thin transparent wire which leads up high into the grey Manchester sky. Passers by stare up squinting, looking for the kite. But there is nothing. They walk on puzzled.

In a flat on the seventh floor of Lockton Court 100 yards away, a coffee mug anchors the same nylon thread between the opened window and its frame. The line leads diagonally out and down six storeys, skimming the tops of puny urban trees, running neatly beside the roofs of council houses, under telephone wires, street lamps, across security fencing and down into Caths hand.

From the walkway of the sixth floor of Lamport Court, Zac reels the nylon thread in, its pulled taut and it snaps into place like a giant guitar string. Its carefully passed through ballustrades and round glass partitioning, along the corridor and through the open window of number 49. Theres a flurry of activity as pots and pans are moved out of the way just as the clock strikes three. The thread is passed through the window, and finally is tied round the stainless steel kitchen tap and the connection is made.

Theres a sigh of relief and we all go outside to see what we've done. The coffee mug and the tap, the two flats, the two tower blocks are joined, by an alomost but not quite invisible thread, which spans the abyss. Paul takes his mobile phone and dials his freind in Lockton Court to tell her the job is done. We can hear her voice as she answers imediately. An invisible connection that has taken just a couple of seconds.

Hilary Jack


Apartment Collective

Apartment Collective has been formed as a result of the close working relationship developed over the past year between Cath Corlett, Zac Ingham, Paul Harfleet and Hilary Jack. 'Joined' marked the inception of the collaboration and the collective have other projects in mind, with a focus on our common interests; the politics of location being the most presient.