[00:03.37]Electric currents in modern art
[00:13.99]How might some of the exhibits have been dangerous?
[00:19.48]Modern sculpture rarely surprises us any more.
[00:23.68]The idea that modern art can only be seen in museums is mistaken.
[00:30.08]Even people who take no interest in art cannot have failed to notice examples of modern sculpture on display in public places.
[00:39.68]Strange forms stand in gardens, and outside buildings and shops.
[00:45.55]We have got quite used to them.
[00:48.21]Some so-called 'modern' pieces have been on display for nearly eighty years.
[00:54.43]In spite of this,some people -- including myself -- were surprised by a recent exhibition of modern sculpture.
[01:03.47]The first thing I saw when I entered the art gallery was a notice which said:
[01:08.14]'Do not touch the exhibits. Some of them are dangerous!'
[01:13.57]The objects on display were pieces of moving sculpture.
[01:17.37]Oddly shaped forms that are suspended from the ceiling and move in response to a gust of wind are quite familiar to everybody.
[01:26.20]These objects, however, were different.
[01:29.76]Lined up against the wall, there were long thin wires attached to metal spheres.
[01:35.86]The spheres had been magnetized and attracted or repelled each other all the time.
[01:42.53]In the centre of the hall,
[01:44.31]there were a number of tall structures which contained coloured lights.
[01:49.20]These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad.
[01:54.36]Sparks were emitted from small black boxes and red lamps flashed on and off angrily.
[02:01.32]It was rather like an exhibition of prehistoric electronic equipment.
[02:06.86]These peculiar forms not only seemed designed to shock people emotionally,
[02:12.14]but to give them electric shocks as well!