Do Not Touch

Made:
2004 in Europe
maker:
Christian Moeller
Gallery view of The Energy Gallery, second floor of The Science Museum, London. Photograph taken prior to exhibition Gallery view of The Energy Gallery, second floor of The Science Museum, London. Photograph taken prior to exhibition Gallery view of The Energy Gallery, second floor of The Science Museum, London. Photograph taken prior to exhibition

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Gallery view of The Energy Gallery, second floor of The Science Museum, London. Photograph taken prior to exhibition
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gallery view of The Energy Gallery, second floor of The Science Museum, London. Photograph taken prior to exhibition
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gallery view of The Energy Gallery, second floor of The Science Museum, London. Photograph taken prior to exhibition
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
2018-457
Materials:
plastic (unidentified) and stainless steel
Measurements:
Pole height as installed: 5950 mm 206 mm,
type:
artwork
credit:
Christian Moeller