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Plant matter: 'A play of forces'; after translating entropy.

Clarke, Jen



Rachel Harkness


This work explores ideas of excess and entropy, working with ikebana arrangements of plant matter at different stages of freshness and decay, partly in order to explore the related ideas of photosynthesis - essentially the ordering of disordered matter to make matter/things with light through the transformation of light energy to colour – entropy, and ‘excess’, in juxtapostion with Bataille.


CLARKE, J. 2017. Plant matter: 'A play of forces'; after translating entropy. In Harkness, R. (ed.) An unfinished compendium of materials. Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen [online], pages 85-88. Available from:

Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Feb 14, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 17, 2020
Publisher University of Aberdeen, School of Education
Pages 127-130
Book Title An unfinished compendium of materials
ISBN 9781857520606
Keywords Excess; Entropy; Ikebana arrangements; Plant matter; Photosynthesis; Decay; Light energy; Colour
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