The Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition ‘Electricity; The Spark of Life’ showcases the invisible yet intrinsic force that has transformed society. From the brutal simplicity of the execution chair, to the colossal implementation of the National Grid, the exhibition offers both insightful and sometimes amusing discoveries on all things electric.
The dispersion of three contemporary artist’s work at intervals throughout the exhibition are a welcome juxtaposition to the abundance of historical artefacts. The highlight of these, Camille Henrot’s January 2017 Horoscope takes the form of a zoetrope. Inspired by the characteristics ascribed to the first month of the year, a series of animated characters, including a frog & cardinal butterfly hand crafted from electricity bills, animatedly fold & unfold as the mechanism rotates beneath the rapid strobe lighting.
In an era where almost everything appears to be turning digital, this exhibition allows the viewer to consider a not too distant past, when electrical technology, smart phones and even street lamps were still to be discovered.
The collaboration between Wellcome Collection, the Museum of Science & Industry, and Teylers Museum is on show till 25th June.
Written by Camron Intern Ellie Rains.