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Entropy and Chronopolitical Allegory

Ana Teixeira Pinto - Entropy and Chronopolitical Allegory
How the transition to fossil fuels entailed an intensification of ongoing processes of racialization.
From the eighteenth century onwards, Western science began to tap a large, yet non-renewable, capital store of energy. This transition from agricultural production dependent upon the flow of annual cycles (the sun) to industrial production based on the usage and subsequent depletion of energy stocks (fossil fuels) peaked around 1860. The period that followed roughly coincides with what genocide scholar Dirk Moses has dubbed "the racial century"—that is, the epoch when all political questions were articulated through the language of biology. This book considers the question: Why does the transition to fossil fuels entail an intensification of ongoing processes of racialization?
Extrapolating the steam engine's low thermal efficiency into the idea of a universe running out of time, the late nineteenth century mobilized evolutionary theory to counter the dissipative force of entropy. Flowing from this equation between time and energy, the discourse of the early twentieth century is marked by a search for "superman" types—a form of secular seekership that extends from technological to spiritual registers, leading to a conceptualization of technology that is closer to alchemy than mechanics. Against the backdrop of these structuring analogies, this book looks into the racialized inscriptions of difference energy conversions connote, and how they are mobilized in order to convert monetary value into cultural values.
Ana Teixeira Pinto (born in Lisbon, lives and works in Berlin) is a writer and cultural theorist. She is a guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg (AdBK) and a theory tutor at the Dutch Art Institute. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Artforum, Mousse, Third Text, Afterall, e-flux journal, Manifesta Journal, Springerin, Frieze, Domus, Camera Austria, Inaesthetics, and Texte zur Kunst. She is the editor of the book series On the Antipolitical published by Sternberg Press.
2024 (publication expected by 2nd quarter)
English edition
13 x 21 cm (softcover)
184 pages
ISBN : 978-1-915609-41-0
EAN : 9781915609410
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