MUSCLE WIRE: The Body as a Living Archive

25 Mar 2017 – 22 Apr 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 16:00
16:00 – 20:00

Cost of entry


Gerald Moore Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Train: Mottingham (15 mins from London Bridge)

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MUSCLE WIRE is Gerald Moore Gallery's newest commission. Both a research led residency and exhibition, MUSCLE WIRE was made for Gerald Moore Gallery by Amy Ash and Emma Finn, in partnership with a diverse group of A Level students from three south London Schools.


Gerald Moore Gallery is pleased to present its newest commission MUSCLE WIRE, opening to the public with a FREE event on Saturday 25 May, 2-5pm.

MUSCLE WIRE is a research led residency and exhibition involving two contemporary artists, Amy Ash and Emma Finn, and a diverse group of A Level students from three south London Schools. 

For one month, Ash and Finn worked alongside fifteen dedicated young people, using Gerald Moore Gallery as their studio space. Together, they carried out collaborative action-based research related to the future of memory. 

MUSCLE WIRE aims to offer an alternative to traditional learning environments by inviting a group of young people to work alongside artists, both leading and assisting in the research generated. The artists were brought together by a shared interest in humankind’s ever-evolving relationship with information gathering and storage. The young people involved were selected from the diverse communities of Eltham College, Thomas Tallis School and Erith School.

Amy Ash’s practice moves between curatorial projects, teaching and learning, installation, and other forms of making. Ash’s work aims to reveal the staging within the construction and regeneration of personal and cultural cosmologies, through explorations of contiguity and situated knowledge.

Using moving image and narrative, Emma Finn aims to transport viewers to uncomfortable places that sit between reality and invention. Marrying hi-fi with lo-fi techniques, she constructs worlds where multiple planes operate independently of one another, reflecting how technology allows us to create our own private heterotopias, as we attempt to communicate with one another.

In keeping with the gallery’s mandate to operate as a space which considers new approaches to learning, the MUSCLE WIRE commission is a space where regular educational hierarchies are dismantled. Everyone leads and everyone learns. The exhibition is the culmination of our research and experience together.


When: Saturday 25th March, 2-5pm, 2017. 
Where: Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham, London, SE9 4RW

Please share this invitation widely. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. 

MUSCLE WIRE participants will be present and happy to share the experience with you. 

Gerald Moore Gallery, London, SE9 4RW / www.geraldmooregallery.org

**Muscle Wire makes reference to shape-memory alloys; alloys that "remember" their original shape. If deformed, this category of alloy, returns to its pre-deformed shape when pressured by temperature.**


MUSCLE WIRE will be open to the public 25th March -- 22nd April,  from 10am-4pm on Saturdays, or by appointment.


Exhibiting artists

Emma Finn

Amy Ash

Taking part


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