The Measure of Disorder follows the trail of the Austrian scientist Ludwig Boltzmann, who is know for his ground-breaking findings about the phenomenon of entropy, but also for his tragic suicide in the village of Duino, not far from the Adriatic town of Trieste. The film presents a non-linear reconstruction of Boltzmann’s last train journey from Vienna to the “Austrian Riviera”, crossing the Alps and the territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the turn of the twentieth century. The images are presented to the tune of an evocative soundtrack, composed of fragments taken from The Archive of Loops, which I have been building by recording unedited sessions of improvisation playing with looping layers of voice, guitar, percussions and found instruments, using repetition as a memory trigger. The single music track, intermittently contaminated by train sounds and samples of Tony Bennett’s “This Funny World”,
is diffused throughout the space of the exhibition, enveloping the two facing screens onto which the film is retro-projected, running forward on one side and reverse on the other.
The link to watch the full film is available upon request.
Text by Ive Stevenheydens, curator at Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels.