Research & development of SOFT JOINTS proposal for City Arcadia.
City Arcadia is a project commissioned by Artspace, Coventry as part of their City Arcadia programme 2015/16 with funding from Coventry City Council and Arts Council England.
Curators Laura Elliot & Micheal Mayhew.
Access through an opening in the wall to the SOFT JOINT ROOM from the ramp. Coventry Cathedral’s original bomb-damaged building and architect Sir Basil Spence’s new Cathedral building are physically united with a soft joint.
An unremarkable-looking architectural feature called a soft or expansion joint characteristically has a built-in tolerance to accommodate movement as new buildings settle next to each other. The joining of the new and old Cathederals can be seen above, creating a new space.
For the purpose of this project this is the Soft Joint Room.
Natural and artificial light sources contribute to the drama of the colours and textures.
The Soft Joint Room is a relatively obscured feature, seemingly an architectural by-product.
The two points of access create a passageway.
A void space is created to be filled with the idea of the soft joint as a metaphorical site for exploring ideas of difference and tolerance.
Questions and views can be framed from all sides, negotiating and passing through this space from all points of entry and at the same time.
To be continued….