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Lesson 18

Electric currents in modern art

现代艺术的电流

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  • Lesson 18
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  • Electric currents in modern art
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  • How might some of the exhibits have been dangerous?
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  • Modern sculpture rarely surprises us any more.
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  • The idea that modern art can only be seen in museums is mistaken.
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  • Even people who take no interest in art cannot have failed to notice examples of modern sculpture on display in public places.
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  • Strange forms stand in gardens, and outside buildings and shops.
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  • We have got quite used to them.
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  • Some so-called 'modern' pieces have been on display for nearly eighty years.
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  • In spite of this,some people -- including myself -- were surprised by a recent exhibition of modern sculpture.
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  • The first thing I saw when I entered the art gallery was a notice which said:
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  • 'Do not touch the exhibits. Some of them are dangerous!'
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  • The objects on display were pieces of moving sculpture.
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  • Oddly shaped forms that are suspended from the ceiling and move in response to a gust of wind are quite familiar to everybody.
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  • These objects, however, were different.
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  • Lined up against the wall, there were long thin wires attached to metal spheres.
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  • The spheres had been magnetized and attracted or repelled each other all the time.
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  • In the centre of the hall,
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  • there were a number of tall structures which contained coloured lights.
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  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad.
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  • Sparks were emitted from small black boxes and red lamps flashed on and off angrily.
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  • It was rather like an exhibition of prehistoric electronic equipment.
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  • These peculiar forms not only seemed designed to shock people emotionally,
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  • but to give them electric shocks as well!
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