Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
9 juin - 29 juillet 2006
The principle of entropy involves the exposure of close systems to an inevitable process of dissolution and neutralization over time. (En)Tropics complicate the totalizing implications of this principle. Not so as to protect structures from the wear of time, but in order to attend to that, which survives their breakdown. This working concept evokes not an inevitable condition of inertia and vapidity, but the strange potentiality of the ruin to be turned away from its original purpose or design. Whereas entropy posits the morbid certainty of a static end, (En)Tropics heeds the monstrous life of the future.(En)Tropics supplements and displaces entropic finalism by tracing its etymological affinity with two other words-tropical and trope. All derive from the Greek root tropos (“A turning”), and when thought together as a constellation, they open onto a new poetic and political terrain.