Artwork, mixed media installation 'Do Not Touch',by Christian Moeller, Europe, 2004. Steel rod inserted into rubber flooring giving mild electric shock.
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. 'Do Not Touch' was on display in the Energy Gallery at the Science Museum from 2004 to 2018.