Situation/Architecture : Energy/Clay. Joseph Beuys, Tate Modern 2013. #1, a photo by Russell Moreton on Flickr.
Joseph Beuys : Table with Accumulator 1958-85
In this work, an accumulator – a kind of rechargeable battery in which energy can be stored - is attached by wires to two pieces of clay, as if drawing power from the earth itself. For Beuys, the production and storage of energy was a metaphor for the creative and spiritual energy that he wanted to foster both in the individual viewer and in society as a whole. This was one of the works that Beuys included in the 1982 Zeitgeist exhibition, accompanying the various elements of Lightning with Stag in its Glare.