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Steven Pippin

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Coolly orbiting questions of a technological and existential nature, Steven Pippin’s recent exhibition “Terrestrial TV” charted paths from root to antenna, earth to world, and place to space. The show’s eponymous central installation consisted of an early ’70s color television mounted inside a spherical wooden frame, resting on a tripod-shaped pedestal—a fixture that would normally house a large globe. Instead of a three-dimensional representation, we were shown a flat video image of the earth as seen from space. It was a moving picture, the television itself hooked up to a mechanism that caused it to rotate in the opposite direction. This double-movement, clockwise and counterclockwise, confined within a frame, made the world itself seem somehow frozen in time and space.

The installation was twinned with Model Universe, 1997, an electronic model of the planetary system, placed on a

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