E-Flux Press Release

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.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2017

Electricity - The spark of life

Wellcome Collection, London (United Kingdom)

23.02 - 02.06.2017




From the first breaths of Frankenstein’s monster to the brutal simplicity of the execution chair, this exhibition contemplates the contradictory life-giving and death-dealing extremes generated by electricity, and traces the story of how humanity has striven to understand, unlock and gain control over this invisible yet all-encompassing force, which continues to mystify and amaze.

Three celebrated artists have been commissioned to create three new artworks for this exhibition: John Gerrard has taken inspiration for his commission from Luigi Galvani's famous experiments into bioelectricity; Bill Morrison explores historical footage from the Electricity Council archive to consider the movement and networks of electricity and its profound interconnectedness with our daily lives; and Camille Henrot considers our energy-dependent lifestyles, as well as the relationship between humans, technology and the environment.

Electricity: The spark of life will run from February 23–June 25, 2017. It is curated by Lucy Shanahan and Ruth Garde, Wellcome Collection, with consultant curator Paul Bonaventura. The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands and the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK. Following its presentation at Wellcome Collection it will tour to both venues in summer 2017 and 2018 respectively.


Exhibition 23 February -25 June 2017. Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road - London NW12BE (United Kingdom).  Hours : Tue – Sat 10:00 – 18:00, Sun 11:00 – 18:00, Thu 10:00 – 22:00.





Electricity - The spark of life, Wellcome Collection, London

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 Woman modeling a hairstyle for the hairdresser Eugéne Ltd, 1923. © Museum of London.

 Woman modeling a hairstyle for the hairdresser Eugéne Ltd, 1923. © Museum of London.