Electricity is a powerful force of nature, spectacular and thrilling. For centuries, humans battled to harness and control it. Today, electricity is central to our existence. We use it without thinking about it and only notice when it isn’t there.
Featuring stunning commissions from three contemporary artists, Electricity: The spark of life examines how scientists experimented with electricity to understand and control it, and how mass generation and distribution changed our lives.
Through iconic objects such as Edison lightbulbs and emerging smart technologies, we uncover how supply companies convinced us of electricity’s importance and explore electricity’s place in a low carbon future.