A major exhibition from one of Britain’s best and most inventive artists, Steven Pippin’s skill in technological manipulation reveals the inter-relationship between objects, mechanisms and the universe. 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.
Engineered Equanimity offers audiences new perspectives on everything from Newtonian mechanics to the production of renewable energy, re-framed with an autonomous spirit of inquiry. Beginning with Pippin’s most recent and significant work Omega = 1, a system that can balance a pencil indefinitely, the exhibition traces the history of Pippin’s machine manipulation.
In doing so it reveals a generation dragged from the analogue of television sets and fax machines into the fast paced environments of our computer century. In collaboration with University of Bath communities including the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the artist will also present new findings throughout.
Pippin demonstrates the inter-relationship between objects, mechanisms and the universe revealing fallibilities but also possibilities