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Location: Energy - fuelling the future, second floor
Do Not Touch is a simultaneously titillating and unnerving art installation which suggests an element of unpredictability in a risk-free museum environment. The artwork subversively creates conflict by tempting you to do precisely what you are being warned not to do.
A sign on the floor around a tall metal pole clearly says 'DO NOT TOUCH', yet there is no safety barrier to prevent you from doing so. Would you choose to touch it? When you ignore the warning by touching the pole, you experience an electric shock, amplified by sound.
German artist Christian Moeller (born 1959) produces work characterised by an interest in the relationships technology can build between people and buildings or spaces in which they operate. He works with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative, often subversive, intense physical events, realised at a range of sizes, from hand-held objects to architectural-scale installations.
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