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Becoming Exergy


© Juan Fabuel


year: 2015 - 2017


edition 3: 132 x 165 cm / edition 5: 98 x 125 cm / 64 x 80 cm + 2 A.P.


archival pigment print on dibond



The concept of Exergy comes from the Second Law of Thermodynamics and is defined as the maximum amount of work that can be produced by a stream of matter, heat or work as the medium comes into equilibrium with a reference environment or into equilibrium with the surrounding environment (Dincer, 2000). Thermodynamics analyse the function of given materials to reach equilibrium zero stabilizing the system as a whole. The idea of Becoming Exergy is based on the quest for making this equilibrium visible through images.

Becoming Exergy looks at the idea of social construction when looking at landscapes. It displays the need for balance between a system and its context by turning some apparently invisible aspects into visible ones. The images do not intend to untangle how hidden mechanisms, which facilitate inter-connectivity or equilibrium between elements; work. Instead they try to transfer these mechanisms into the realm of the quotidian by using a notion of landscape that is always observed and developed from any given place and without neglecting, that every place entails an anthropological trace. A deep feeling of longing, repetition and reconstruction, connected to personal stories and memories, are the inception of this project.
Becoming Exergy forgets about narrative and focuses on dynamics.

Staring at something, implicitly, carries the need for order and also, to a greater or lesser degree, power and action. The series of shots intends to play with our perception when it comes to looking at landscape pictures, questioning what is real, what seems real and is in fact imagined. Real landscapes that slip into an illusory territory and imagined landscapes that support reality.


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upcoming: publications The Earth Issue and Losthenfound