"Ectropy" means a general increase in organization. An "ectropy index", therefore, is a measure of the increase of information, or of order, in a given system. Identity cards and identity theft, fingerprints and forgeries, surveillance and shadows, data bodies and data crashes, biometrics and body sculpting seem to define significant features of the topography of our moment. The work Ectropy Index, seeks to create a tension between entropic and ectropic impulses continually contesting the levels of order and systematization within a system.
Work made by: Mrityunjay Chatterjee, Iram Ghufran, Raqs Media Collective
Additional Research: Taha Mehmood
Acknowledgements: Bhagwati Prasad, Lokesh, Shveta Sarda, People of Pooth Khurd village, Sarai Archive
Designed and Produced at the Sarai Media Lab,
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To navigate through the Ectropy Index:
The Index is an HTML based audio and visual work.
* You enter the work through the interface - clicking on the moving words takes you further in.
* A lot of words from the text are linked to HTML pages and these are linked to other texts/ photographs/videos.
Ectropy Index has been shown at:
World Information City, Bangalore 2005
"Building Sight", On Difference #2, Kunstverein Stuttgart 2006
Public Moment, Artist Forum International, LOOP, Seoul, Korea
FLEFF 2007, Ithaca, New York
Rizome.org at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York