Lesson 18 Electric currents in modern art 现代艺述中的电流

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Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
How might some of the exhibits have been dangerous?



Modern sculpture rarely surprises us any more. The idea that modern art can only be seen in museums is mistaken. Even people who take no interest in art cannot have failed to notice examples of modern sculpture on display in public places. Strange forms stand in gardens, and outside buildings and shops. We have got quite used to them. Some so-called‘modern’pieces have been on display for nearly eighty years.

In spite of this, some people----including myself----were surprised by a recent exhibition of modern sculpture. The first thing I saw when I entered the art gallery was a notice which said: ‘Do not touch the exhibits. Some of them are dangerous!’The objects on display were pieces of moving sculpture. Oddly shaped forms that are suspended from the ceiling and move in response to a gust of wind are quite familiar to everybody. These objects, however, were different. Lined up against the wall, there were long thin wires attached to metal spheres. The spheres had been magnetized and attracted or repelled each other all the time. In the centre of the hall, there were a number of tall structures which contained coloured lights. These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. Sparks were emitted from small black boxes and red lamps flashed on and off angrily. It was rather like an exhibition of prehistoric electronic equipment. These peculiar forms not only seemed designed to shock people emotionally, but to give them electric shocks as well!

New Words and Expressions 生词和短语

current(title)/'kʌrənt/n. 电流
flicker(1. 15)/'flikə/v. 闪烁
sculpture(1. 1) /'skʌlptʃə/n. 雕塑
emit(1. 15)/i'mit/v. 放射
mistaken(1. 2)/mi'steikən/adj. 错误的
flash(1. 16) /flæʃ/v. 闪光
gallery(1. 9)/'gæləri/n. 美术馆
prehistoric(1. 16)/'pri:hi'stɔrik/adj. 史前的,老掉牙的
exhibit(1. 9)/ig'zibit/ n. 展品,陈列品
oddly(1. 10)/'ɔdli/adv. 古怪的
electronic (1. 16)/i'lek'trɔnik/adj. 电子的
attach(1. 12)ə'tætʃ/v. 连,系
peculiar (1. 17) /pi'kju:liə/adj. 奇异的
sphere(1. 13)/sfiə/n. 球体
shock(1. 17)/ʃɔk/v. 令人震惊,刺激人
magnetize(1. 13)/'mægnitaiz/v. 使磁化
emotionally(1. 17)i'məuʃnəli/adv. 感情上
repel(1. 13) /ri'pel/v. 排斥

Notes on the text 课文注释

1 The idea that… is mistaken.此处that引导的从句作idea的同位语。
2 take no interest in…,作“对……不感兴趣”解。
3 cannot have failed to notice, 不至于没注意到。“cannot+have+过去分词”表示对于过去的事所作的不肯定的推测。
4 move in response to a gust of wind,随风飘荡。
in response(to)作“回答’、“响应”、“作出反应”讲。此处是“(展品)随风而动”的意思。
5 be familiar to…是“为……所熟悉”的意思。
6 Lined up against the wall, 靠墙排列着。
7 like traffic lights which have gone mad, 就像失去控制的红绿灯一样。go mad作“发疯”、“发狂”讲。
8 on and off(亦作 off and on)作“断断续续地”、“有时”讲。
9 These peculiar forms not only seemed designed…,其中seemed是系动词,seemed designed 作用与were designed是一样的。





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