Review | Unprecedented antique use in Lives on Wire

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Eloise Hawser has certainly left a lasting impression on the Evening Standards Ben Luke. In her first UK solo institutional exhibition at the ICA Lives on Wire, Hawser utilises and adapts industrial materials to devise installations and sculptures that transcend their initial early 20th century purposes. Once a ‘colour changer’ that used to light up an organ in a Stockport cinema, the seemingly obsolete analogue machine is transformed to illuminate the gallery in a ‘morphing’ glow. In what Luke feels to be ‘strangely uplifting’, Hawser demonstrates the upcoming potential for skeuomorphism (the act of transforming outdated objects for contemporary use). Alongside the installation, Hawser juxtaposes her re-purposing of objects by including a video ‘Burberry Wurlitzer’ which shows an obsolete cinema organ in its original site (now a Burberry store on Regents Street) – its value today purely aesthetic rather than practical. Ultimately Lives on Wire demonstrates the ‘fleeting modernity’ of our current society and highlights the pressing need for antique preservation.

via Evening Standard

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