Revolution 360º, Entropy series. Roberto Aguirrezabala.
Revolution 360º, 2015
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
November 7th, 2015
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
A ghost runs through Europe, 2017
A ghost runs through Europe, 2017
Kriegsausgabe (War edition), 2015
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
Parabellum, 2015
Approximately 17 x 12 x 45 cm. | A 1967 original Cultural Revolution Chinese edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung (the Little Red Book) and a 1918 German wartime edition (Kriegsausgabe) of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra, torn fragments of pages, a 9mm jacketed Parabellum bullet and the shell casing from the shot.
Why Do the Masses Intervene In Everything, And Why Their Intervention Is Solely By Violence?, 2015
46.5 x 34 x 6 cm. | An original 1960s Chinese poster from the Cultural Revolution, made from a woodcut with engraved with texts and mounted in a lacquered wooden display case.
Decline of the West I, 2015
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
Decline of the West II, 2015
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
5 Million Overprinted Deutsche Mark, 2015
9.5 x 16 x 3.7 cm. | Silk-screen printing on 250 original 20,000 deutschemark notes dated 20 February 1923.
Germany 1940 I, 2015
35 x 35 cm. | Graphite on paper.
Germany 1940 II, 2015
35 x 35 cm. | Graphite on paper.
Germany 1940 III, 2015
35 x 35 cm. | Graphite on paper.
The Revolt of the Masses, 2016
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
War is the continuation of politics, 2016
62 x 79 x 15 cm. | Silk-screen print on an original 1976 Czechoslovakian army bag.
Eisernes Kreuz, 2016
250 x 250 x 80 cm. | A structure of painted iron, steel cables, steel clothes hangers and clothing from various European armies including those of Germany, France, Britain, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Sweden and Austrian from 1944 to the 1990s.
New Order, 2016
145 x 110 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
The song about the human futility, 2016
Variable size. | An original 1944 Swiss army blanket embroidered in woollen thread, polyurethane foam, an original 1930 1st edition of Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset, a collection of 11 pieces of Notgeld (emergency currency printed in the period of hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic), an 18 x 16 cm sketch in gouache watercolours, a vinyl LP of the 1930 recording of The Threepenny Opera (1928), written by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill, a record player, an amplifier and loudspeakers.
About the love of disorder, 2016
257 x 93 x 27 cm. | A 2nd edition of volume one of Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler and a 1st edition of volume two, both dating from 1922, shown together with British army boots and acrylic paint on the wall.
Europe, 2015
110 x 83 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
Volkspolizei I, 2015
110 x 83 cm. | Printed with pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper, mounted in a display case.
Volkspolizei II, 2015
77 x 56 cm. | Graphite on paper.

Entropy

Statement

Entropy is a journey back in time across 20th century Europe, an analytical and reflective tour to try to understand our present time even better. This project is focused on the period of the 20th century between 1914, with the beginning of the First World War, and 1991, with the downfall of the Soviet Union, exploring the contexts of revolution and social and political conflicts. It focuses on marginal people who lived through those events. Events such as the mass movements which emerged at the beginning of the century and attempted to destroy the individual, the exodus and migrations of displaced people during and after the two World Wars, the Berlin Wall or the indirect victims of revolutions and the new order imposed by totalitarian regimes. The portrayed characters are isolated individuals of the conflict, situated on the side lines of the action. They are vulnerable and make us curious to know more about their background, to know what they are thinking about and what they are experiencing. In Thermodynamics, entropy is the measurable property of a system’s unused energy. It is waste energy that is left over and outside the System. In the same way, the portrayed characters in this project are of similar nature, they are outside the System, leftovers, unused energy. The journey through revolutions also takes on board their philosophical basis by means of theoretical texts published at that same time. In such a way, Marx, Lacan, Nietzsche, Brecht, Mao, Freud or Spengler, among others, serve to make us think about the ideas that motivated them and have influenced our later history to define who we are at the present time.

Credits

Years:
2015 – 2016

Production:
Fundación Bilbao Arte Fundazioa.

Number of works:
The first part of the series contains 22 works. The complete Entropy series contains 35 works.

Involved in the photographs:
Jaime Villamonte, Sabina Dinca, Nerea Pouso, Anakoz Merikaetxebarria, Cristina Dúcar, Borja Bustillo, Roberto Aguirrezabala and Iván Trancón.

Makeup and hairdressing:
Estíbaliz Zabala and Ainhoa Ledesma.

Photography laboratory:
Zear Argazkiak

Framed:
Markelur

Iron cross construction:
CyMetal

Neon light in survival kit work:
Mateo Rótulos

Parabellum work action:
Federación Territorial de Bizkaia de Tiro Olímpico

Works of the second part of Entropy:
See works second part.

Entropy book:
Book of the Entropy exhibition (PDF).

Exhibition:
Photo report of the Entropy exhibition in Bilbao Arte.