The Imminent Object: concepts of entropy in relation to material, scale and duration
Cribb, Anthony Phillip John
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The Imminent Object is a visual art research project located within the disciplines of sculpture and installation practice in relation to concepts of entropy within a theoretical matrix that foregrounds ideas of declassification and indecipherability. Throughout the project sculptural materials dissolve, erode and liquidate, sag, shift and collapse in their physical form as well as in their optical appreciation. The Imminent Object — manifest as a series of time-based material interventions and/or scaled-down models — attempts to search out forms of sculptural practice/s that challenge the conventional sculptural idea of the temporally and spatially fixed static object. The project proposes form as simultaneously object and process. Through the literal and metaphoric employment of the second law of thermodynamics, methods of classification such as object/process, scale or temporality are open to transgression and fragmentation, facilitating an avenue for new understandings regarding the nature of these classifications. The Imminent Object proposes a series of core platforms for disclosure that shuttle between a theoretical framework and creative art practice: entropy in relation to temporality and material process; temporality and scale in regard to the model/miniature; how materials may be seen to perform; and finally how spectators perform. These platforms all locate themselves in relation to the problem of materiality and scale where duration is implicated as a component of both (as an expansion and compression of engagement in the viewing subject).