The ICA, London, presents the first UK solo institutional exhibition, Lives on Wire, by British artist Eloise Hawser. Her work reconfigures and repurposes commonplace materials applied in industrial processes to create sculptures and installations that subtly demonstrate the inherent mutability of everyday objects. For Lives on Wire Hawser presents a site-specific installation featuring new sculpture and a digital video work developed through her investigative research into the life span of the cinema organ. Invented in the early-twentieth century by the British telephone engineer Robert Hope Jones, it was ubiquitous during the silent-movie-era prior to the film industry’s introduction of synchronised sound. Employing the principles of the telephone exchange, it was developed to replace cinema orchestras and reduce manpower with an individual console and organist. The device worked by issuing

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