Abstract History Machine, 2016 (Work in Progress)

 

This work is currently in development during a Fellowship at Cronus Art Center, Shanghai.

 

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Concept

How can we perceive History?

Starting from this question, the work explores important developments in technology, science, art and culture by creating a “time- sculpture”, which works with the idea of a dynamic archive combined with the principle of natural stratification. By doing so, it creates a sculpture that scrutinises human time-perception and history and takes as an approach to transfer history’s artificial timeframes into a scale, perceivable by humans.

 

Abstract History Machine

 

02. Principles and Fundamentals of the Sculpture

Entropy and Negentropy

Entropy describes the measure of disorder of a System at the atomic, ionic, or molecular level; the greater the disorder the higher the entropy. The term was introduced
1850 by Rudolf Clausius describing molecular movement interpretations. In 1944 in his popular book “What is Life“, Erwin Schrödinger introduced the term “Negentropy”
as a contrary property of a system being in an ordered state.

Entropy Order >> Disorder

Negentropy Disorder >> Order

With regard to the project these two notions are used in a more literal sense in terms of a process-based understanding of structure-generation. Processes that make a
system move to a disordered state are understood as entropic, while process that bring a system under a tight regime are understood as negentropic. Examples for this
can be found a lot in nature; like in animals, respectively on a higher level, in the gene-code of an animal as a description for cell-arranging processes are negentropic.
While processes like erosion, corrosion or decomposing by microorganisms are examples of entropy.
For the the work, this idea is adopted to the system of phase transitions of water.  In this sense the sculpture is in a constant change between order and disorder, solid
and liquid.

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Morphogenesis

In Biology:
Is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. It is one of the three fundamental aspects of developmental biology along with the control of cell
growth and cellular differentiation.

In Philosophy (according to Manuel De Landa):
The production of the semi-stable structures out of material flows, that are constitutive of the natural and social world.

This principle is another key element in the creation of the work. I want to let the material find its form under specific conditions that I set up; like the effect of the ambient
temperature, the variations in density due to the enclosed minerals and the discrete crystallization of the Ice Core. These processes will create a dynamically changing
and suddenly emerging shape. This concept is also known as genetic algorithm in informatics, where software is been bred. Thereby the programmer is setting the
directions and the code is finding its form. By constantly changing the surrounding settings, the programmer is driving the code in his/her desired direction.

 

 

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