Entropy and the Arrow of Time

Updated: Apr 23


Mischa Wolf Design, original fluid artwork and digital video, Glasgow School of Art, 2020


Fascinated by science and astronomy I am very interested in microscopes and telescopes and how they help to contribute to a fuller understanding of our world. Both galactic scales and microscopic scales play an important role in our reality and I am captivated when viewing distant objects up close and viewing close objects even closer!



This interest made its way into my process in many ways. One way it contributed to my research and experimentation was in the form of moving images. As a continuation of my scientific experiments, I was intrigued by the small and sudden chemical reactions and expansions that appeared when I mixed certain substances. I recorded the interactions to capture the moment the separate substances combined in an explosive expansion.



Mischa Wolf Design, original fluid artwork and digital video, Glasgow School of Art, 2020



The sudden disruptive movement and irreversible disorder caused by the combining of the separate substances reminded me of the way in which order always tends towards disorder. This tendency is a law of physics (a feature of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics) that includes the understanding of how our universe naturally moves towards disorder and high entropy and why the arrow of time always runs in one direction and that is towards chaos!


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