The word entropy comes from Greek entropia and means turning, transformation. One can hardly find a term as general for all sciences (not only natural ones) and at the same time as enigmatic as entropy. This partly comes from the word itself. If not for the sonorous name, entropy would remain simply ‘Clausius Integral’ and would hardly ever be reproduced again, as it is, in different fields of science, always with the same name. Beside that, Klausius, the discoverer of entropy, was the first one to employ this term, suitable as it seems only in very narrow thermodynamic field, for research of global cosmological problems (such as the thermal death of the Universe). Ever since, entropy frequently was a part of discussions that later became famous. Presently, the universal character of this notion is recognized, and it is used in many different fields: physics, chemistry, biology and information theory.

Entropy as a measure of inordinacy in Sergey Sveshnikov’s project is an interesting exploration of traditional visual language being destructed to minimal units each one possessing own depth of context and representing an artistic reflection of reality.

The objects are recognisable, and their form and texture unite in a finished image bearing features and results of human life that formed them. These are contemporary ‘ready mades’.

Cultured plants and animals are not a competition to free predators. Things turn into dust and rust. Ideas are forgotten or, even worse, warped in such a way that they are not recognizable any more. Man’s creations are not capable of self development. They are subjects to decay. Sooner or later it happens. Decomposition at a city dump is painless and quick. In a museum or henhouse it is tragicomic.

It is not slavery that the Romans set against freedom, it is order, a stoical counter-stand to entropy. But the inevitable arrival of the latter will be the main event in everyone’s life. And its face and images bear inexplicable enjoyment for our hearts. Partly because death is the destiny of life.

Famous masters of founding buried metal in the earth for 50 years. The high class iron that escaped corrosion was then turned into facings and fed to geese in order to be enriched with azote in their stomachs. The result was perfect cut and thrust weapon.

That’s industrial technology. It would be appropriate to also remember financial (long term investments) and childish games we all played – hiding ‘secrets’. These secrets around us are thick as blackberries. And it does not matter, really, that they were not planned by any one consciously. We can provide the lumps of our great decaying supermarket with a second life. Life in art.

Sergei Sveshnikov

The exhibition was held at Jam Hall Cinema gallery during Open Photo festival.