Engineered Equanimity: The Machines of Steven Pippin

Engineered Equanimity showcased the technological manipulation of one of Britain’s most inventive artists Steven Pippin. An engineer by training, Pippin switched to art in the late 1980s. His breakthrough came by turning everyday items, such as washing machines, into pinhole cameras.


Operating since at a self-made juncture – where art, invention and engineering meet – his ambitious experiments, playful exploits and hybrid machines take in the rapid worldwide technological and scientific advancements of our age.

The exhibition offered audiences new perspectives on everything from Newtonian mechanics to the production of renewable energy, re-framed with an autonomous spirit of inquiry. It included Pippin’s recent and significant work Ω=1, a system that can balance a pencil indefinitely, and traced the history of Pippin’s machine manipulation.

Engineered Equanimity reveals a generation dragged from the analogue of television sets and fax machines into the fast-paced environments of our computer century.

Exclusively for Bath, the exhibition featured a prototype which investigates static electricity capture via wind turbines. Pippin and his collaborator Steven Davis were in situ testing this project throughout, often in collaboration with University of Bath researchers.