Manchester 1911: Activating the Social Sculpture

For their exhibition at Cornerhouse, Clegg & Guttmann have been working with the regions academic community to research whether the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who lived in Manchester between 1908 and 1911, was fundamentally influenced by physicist Ernest Rutherford’s revolutionary experiment to split the atom. The research question has acted as a focus around which to nurture new relationships across the academic disciplines of art, science and philosophy, and has resulted in the new ‘social sculpture’ Manchester 1911.

On Friday 22 September a public-forum will be held within the ‘social sculpture’ to develop this research with non-academic audiences who wish to participate or observe. An online-forum of the gathered discussion and research is available to view and add to at

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