Venice, 27 Aug. Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form, symposium

August 17th, 2010

My paper:

Matteo Pasquinelli, “Introducing Four Regimes of Entropy: Notes on Environmental Fatalism and Energo-Determinism”
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Abstract:

In the last decade, a diverse conurbation of forces (climate change and energy crisis, pop genetics and saturation of the digital culture) started to sediment a new episteme concerned about energy. Cultural mediators have been developing this new shift between cognitive capitalism and green capitalism, digital code and genetic code, media art and a controversial ‘bioart’, between the fictional abundance of the digital commons and the artificial scarcity of natural commons. Schrödinger’s notion of negative entropy is taken as a key concept to clarify four different regimes of entropy, that compose namely the mineral, biological, industrial and informational domains. This sort of ‘geology’ of entropy is advanced to explain the fight of the human with different types of machines and as a critique of environmental fatalism and energo-determinism. More importantly it shows how social conflicts are a process of “negative entropy” against the entropy of value constantly governed by capitalism.

Event concept:

Energy in architecture is normally considered as either an exclusively technical issue or something relating to the sustainability debate. While both these are important they are reductive – architects seeking to solve specific energy related problems. This project sets out to create a new paradigm for talking about energy, which can be used to stimulate and frame new forms of understanding.

Website:

beyondentropy.aaschool.ac.uk

Venue and time:

27 August 2010, 1pm-11pm.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini [web]
San Giorgio Maggiore Island
Venice, Italy

Speakers:

13:00 BRETT STEELE
13:10 GIANFRANCO BETTIN
13:20 HANS ULRICH OBRIST
13:40 GIOVANNI ANCESCHI
14:00 BONNIE CAMPLIN
14:20 MATTEO PASQUINELLI
14:40 GRAZIA FRANCESCATO
15:00 NIKOLAUS HIRSCH
15:20 ANGELO MERLINO
15:40 CARLO CARRARO
16:00 TANIA SAXL
16:20 JOEL NEWMAN
16:40 JAVIER CASTANON
17:00 JOSEPH RYKWERT
17:20 ALESSANDRO MARINI
17:40 MARCO VANUCCI
18:00 STEFANO BOERI
18:20 ALESSANDRO BEULCKE
18:40 RICHARD BURDETT
19:00 MARCO BARAVALLE
19:20 HAROLD THYS
19:40 ALESSIO SATTA
20:00 Arazzi Laptop Ensemble
20:20 REINIER DE GRAAF
20:40 NUR PURI PURINI
21:00 ANTONIO NEGRI
21:20 JUDITH REVEL
21:40 BEPPE CACCIA
22:00 FRANCESCO GARUTTI
22:20 AARON LEVY
22:40 CHRISTIAN VON DURING

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