[00:01.64]Electric currents in modern art
[00:11.14]How might some of the exhibits have been dangerous?
[00:15.16]Modern sculpture rarely surprises us any more.
[00:19.58]The idea that modern art can only be seen in museums is mistaken.
[00:25.63]Even people who take no interest in art
[00:28.84]cannot have failed to notice examples of modern sculpture on display in public places.
[00:34.88]Strange forms stand in gardens, and outside buildings and shops.
[00:40.71]We have got quite used to them.
[00:43.07]Some so-called 'modern' pieces have been on display for nearly eighty years.
[00:49.35]In spite of this, some people--including myself--were surprised by a recent exhibition of modern sculpture.
[00:58.73]The first thing I saw when I entered the art gallery was a notice which said:
[01:03.58]'Do not touch the exhibits, some of them are dangerous!'
[01:09.43]The objects on display were pieces of moving sculpture.
[01:13.66]Oddly shaped forms that are suspended from the ceiling
[01:17.33]and move in response to a gust of wind are quite familiar to everybody.
[01:24.00]These objects, however, were different.
[01:27.88]Lined up against the wall, there were long thin wires attached to metal spheres.
[01:34.14]The spheres had been magnetized and attracted or repelled each other all the time.
[01:41.04]In the centre of the hall,
[01:42.94]there were a number of tall structures which contained coloured lights.
[01:47.69]These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad.
[01:53.89]Sparks were emitted from small black boxes and red lamps flashed on and off angrily.
[02:01.24]It was rather like an exhibition of prehistoric electronic equipment.
[02:06.97]These peculiar forms not only seemed designed to shock people emotionally,
[02:12.49]but to give them electric shocks as well!