Originally part of MIF13, this sprawling group show encourages gallery goers to get their hands dirty. Pick up a pencil and write a wish to hang on Yoko Ono’s tree, or squeeze a lemon over a bicycle seat – your part in Andrews Slominski’s unusual sculpture. Take a look into a giant toy box by climbing a real life step ladder (pictured, by Ilya Kabakov). Really go for it by swigging a Heineken can while you’re at it before tossing it into the corner of the gallery with a load of smelly others. The show includes activities to do on site and at home. And it’s not a new concept either. In fact, this is just the latest in a series of more than 40 “Do It”s, with the first taking place 20 years ago. Unintentionally perhaps, this latest revival offers a telling glimpse back to a simpler era; one in which we experienced life rather than simply recording it.

Until Sun 22 Sep, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL Tel: 0161 235 8888, FREE, www.manchestergalleries.org

Sat 21 Sep - Sun 22 Sep
Joshua Gordon
Published on:
Thu 19 Sep 2013