Notes on Entropy
Jamika Ajalon, Renata Boero, Jesse Darling, Alina Perez, Ser Serpas, Cameron Spratley, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger
9 October – 18 December 2020
Arcadia Missa is pleased to present Notes on Entropy, the inaugural exhibition show at its new permanent gallery space in Duke Street, Marylebone.
All things break down. All things, in other words, embody entropy. This group exhibition reflects on entropy as a condition of dynamic groundlessness. Entropy is often defined negatively. In technical terms, it can be defined as energy that is unavailable for doing ‘useful’ work. Colloquially, the term is used as a synonym for decay. This exhibition questions what it means to view the instability and degradation of entropy as a constructive process: one that destabilizes capitalist ways of being in relation and offers new ways for envisioning the world; one that embraces ‘non-useful’ work. Writing on imprisonment and disability, the anti-carceral scholar Liat Ben-Moshe has discussed abolition as a ‘dis-epistemology’, that necessitates letting go of certain ways of knowing, including even the need for and possibility of knowledge. This exhibition is interested in examining entropy as a dis-epistemology—a process of disorientation that, as Ben-Moshe suggests, is profoundly generative. Many artworks in the exhibition critically recognise that their environment has been formed by long-standing processes of exploitation and extraction. This is reflected in material decisions in sculptures by Jesse Darling and Ser Serpas, which give everyday domestic materials new form as art objects.