Maximum Entropy

Curated by Mohammad Golabi


November 16–November 22, 2015

CP Projects Space, 132 W 21st St, 10th Fl, New York, NY 10011

Opening Reception: Monday, November 16 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm

CP Project Space presents Maximum Entropy, an exhibition curated by Mohammad Golabi, the exhibition explores the effects, conditions and the appearance of decay within the realm of new contemporary architecture.

When a system that is not alive is isolated or placed in a uniform environment, all motion usually comes to stand still very soon as a result of various kinds of frictions … after that, the whole system fades away into a dead, inert lump of matter. A permanent state is reached, in which no observable event occurs. The physicists call this state of thermo-dynamical equilibrium, or of “maximum entropy.”
Erwin Schodinger

Up until now, buildings have been considered inorganic structures, yet architects tend to envision them as organic creatures by referring to the building’s structures as “bones,” or walls and surfaces as “skin,” they also talk about “breathing” and “seeing” through windows and doors. Even in this metaphorical condition, one cannot talk about living without thinking about dead. Naturally, decay follows death. It refers to the absence of energy and presence of entropy within the system.
Decay is as life giving as it is life taking, but still most architects avert it to protect their ideas, hopes and aspirations. Incorporating decay in the design process reorders the authority of creativity, away from architects toward the other forces such as natural, economic and political powers.

Today, we need to establish a new form of architecture that drifts and reconstructs itself along with the catastrophes. From economic crisis, ecological disaster, growing inequality, and any number of other pressures, we now live in this historical mutation moment empowered by the abundance of knowledge and threatened by distraction, failure and flops within these new socio-political and economic structures. As The late, great American architect Lebbeus woods suggests: We need a practice that does not shy away from the catastrophe which postmodernism found amongst the torn bedrock of modernism’s foundations, but embraces its best impulses; a practice that builds not against the ruin, but with it; a practice that rekindles the embers of enlightenment and freedom in the ashes.

The exhibition features Elaine Byrne, Farideh Sakhayifar, Keiichi Matsuda and Kiyarash Eghtesadi, with works in various media, including video, installation, sculpture, and photography. This group of artists, architects and designers came together to explore the new conditions of this old phenomenon. Their interest in effects and manifestation of decay in new contemporary architecture is the thread that gathers their works together yet their unique perspectives, and their distinct practices create numerous possibilities of interaction between their works.