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The Facts
NAME: Electricity: The Spark of Life
IT'S: A multimedia art exhibition about electricity and how it has affected life throughout history

23-02-2017

OPENED: February 23rd, 2017
DID YOU KNOW: The field for which Luigi Galvani is best known is called "bioelectromagnetics," which is the study of the interaction of electromagnetic fields and biological entities. The word "galvanize" comes from his name.
ADDRESS: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK
CLOSEST TUBE: Euston Square
OPENING TIMES: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - Sunday 10am-6pm; Thursday 10am-10pm
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CONTACT: 020 7611 2222
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Electricity: The Spark of Life

OPENED February 23rd, 2017

‘Electricity: The Spark of Life’ is an art exhibition just opened in London that depicts the story of electricity throughout human history.

Three artists were commissioned to create new work for Electricity: The Spark of Life. The exhibition is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and Teylers Museum. It will tour at each of these venues.

What to Expect:

John Gerrard, Bill Morrison and Camille Henrot were commissioned to produce new pieces for Electricity: The Spark of Life. In their work, Gerrard explores bioelectricity, Morrison takes a historical perspective, and Henrot examines the human relationship with technology.

Some of the other pieces featured in the exhibition are as old as 500 BCE. The exhibition aims to show how electricity has shaped human life throughout history, and how our relationship with this force of nature has changed over time. From Charles H. Whymper’s 19th-century engraving of the Aurora Borealis, to an 1890s map of electricity supplied to generators beneath the Grosvenor Gallery in London, the exhibition allows guests to consider the topic from a diverse range of viewpoints.

Interior of Wellcome Collection; Electricity: The Spark of Life is a current exhibition there.

History & Background

For his contribution to the exhibition, Gerrard was inspired by Luigi Galvani’s experiments. Galvani discovered that he could make the muscles of a dead frog twitch using static electricity. This was one of the first forays into the field of bioelectricity.

Morrison’s work is based on historical footage from the Electricity Council archive, which he uses to examine networks of electricity and its relationship with daily life. The Electricity Council, a governmental body, was founded in 1957. It oversaw the electric industry throughout England and Wales until 2001, when it was replaced by the Electricity Association.

Why should you go?

Electricity: The Spark of Life is a compelling artistic experience. Combining elements of history, science and traditional art, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something of interest at this exhibition. It’s ambitious, thought-provoking, multimedia and brimming with a sense of celebration – the celebration of both knowledge and life.

Need to Know:

The exhibition runs at Wellcome Collection until June 25, and entry is free.

One installation uses strobe effects, but the rest of the exhibition can be viewed without visiting that part.

Interior of Wellcome Collection; Electricity: The Spark of Life is a current exhibition there.

According to them:

“The story of electricity is the story of life itself. From the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, this invisible yet vital force is intrinsic to human life. For centuries electricity has captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike, and in the modern era it has transformed our world.”

What’s close?

Wellcome Collection is located in Fitzrovia, near both Russell Square and King’s Cross St. Pancras stations. Your options for things to do and see in the area are pretty much endless. For dinner or a drink, try nearby Simmons, Dishoom or Bar + Block.

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Words by Brittany B.

The Facts
NAME: Electricity: The Spark of Life
IT'S: A multimedia art exhibition about electricity and how it has affected life throughout history

23-02-2017

OPENED: February 23rd, 2017
DID YOU KNOW: The field for which Luigi Galvani is best known is called "bioelectromagnetics," which is the study of the interaction of electromagnetic fields and biological entities. The word "galvanize" comes from his name.
ADDRESS: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK
CLOSEST TUBE: Euston Square
OPENING TIMES: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - Sunday 10am-6pm; Thursday 10am-10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 020 7611 2222
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

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