year: 2004

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Do Not Touch

Installation in the Energy Gallery at the Science Museum London, 2004.

The Installation is part of an exhibition along the theme energy. A five meter tall stainless steel pole is standing in the center of a huge warning sign on the gallery floor telling the visitor “do not touch”.
It creates a conflict by tempting the visitor to do precisely what he is warned not to do. This conflict, when resolved through disobedience results in a jolting physical experience. Whenever somebody decides to ignore the warning by touching the pole he receives a significant electric shock amplified by sound.

Curator: Hannah Redler
Programming: Sven Thoene
Sensor electronics: Wolfgang Schemmert
Safety consultant and engineer: ERA technologies