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Gabriele Basilico

Entropy & Urban Space

1979–2011

Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013) was one of those who gave landscape photography and architectural photography a renewal in the 1980s, and he went on to devote an entire career to developing a profound analysis of the urban environment and its transformation.

In physics, entropy is a quantity representing the degree of disorder in a system. It is based on the second law of thermodynamics and refers to the energy existing in a system that cannot be used in a thermodynamic process. It refers to disorder existing within a system, with the assumption, moreover, that from such disorder can come a new system of balance or homogeneity.

The idea of entropy has attracted the attention of many theorists of art, from Rudolf Arnheim to Robert Smithson, given that it speaks of a certain tendency for balance to arise from chaos. The intention of this exhibition is to apply the concept to the study of Basilica’s work and its evolution, from his first formal shots of Milanese factory facades to his acceptance of the complexity of urban systems in modern metropolises.

Entropy & Urban Space
Dunkerque, 1984
Entropy & Urban Space
Bilbao, 1993
Entropy & Urban Space
Estambul, 2005
Entropy & Urban Space
Río de Janeiro, 2011
Entropy & Urban Space
Porto, 1995
Entropy & Urban Space
Dunkerque, 1984
Entropy & Urban Space
Saint Gotthard, 1997
Entropy & Urban Space
Mers-les-Bains (Seine-Maritime), 1985
Entropy & Urban Space
Stretto di Messina, 2002
Entropy & Urban Space
Napoli, 1982
Entropy & Urban Space
Genova, 1985
Entropy & Urban Space
Istanbul, 2010
Entropy & Urban Space
Somma Lombardo (Varese), 1997
Entropy & Urban Space
S. Benedetto Po (Mantova), 1997
Entropy & Urban Space
Golasecca (Varese), 1998
Entropy & Urban Space
Milano, 2011
Location: Earth

Text: Magaceen


Posted: December 2017
Category: Photography

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