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Terrasphere
  • Rohini Devasher
    born 1978
    born: New Delhi, India ; active: India
  • Terrasphere, 2015
  • Where object was made: New Delhi, India
  • projected image on polycarbonate mirrored dome
  • Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai, India
  • Not on display
  • EL2016.001
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
Although Terrasphere appears to be a glass enclosure containing live plants, it is actually a collection of projected images that Devasher conceived as a kind of instrument. Fifty-nine still images are projected from above onto a polycarbonate mirrored dome that simulates the daily shift from day to night, as if the device was synchronized to the rotation of Earth on its axis. In this way, Terrasphere operates as a tellurion, a type of astronomical clock that depicts the progress of not only day and night, but also the seasons caused by Earth’s movement around the sun. This work is part of Devasher’s series Archaeologies of the Future, in which she creates experiments designed to “interrogate the contemporary condition of ‘wonder.’”