“[…](natural history runs toward decay, cultural history starts from decay); that is, human engagement no longer looks like a better method of producing information, nor does it look like a natural disposition. Rather it looks like an engagement against nature and above all against the inevitable natural decay of information, against death, against being forgotten. We produce information to avoid being forgotten, and to be free is to confront death.” Vilém Flusser – Into the universe of technical images. The cult film Irreversible of Gaspar Noé, is re-edited (reversed) in order to “correct” his originally twisted chronology and return it to the linear flow of time. At the end of the film, that is, in this version, in the beginning, there is an inscription LE TEMPS DETRUIT TOUT (time destroys everything). The second law of thermodynamics says that over the course of time things decay; the order in a closed system is reduced, i.e., entropy increases. Entropy is also called the arrow of time. The video projection is juxtaposed to a diagram that visualizes reversible and irreversible processes in thermodynamics. The diagram shows a hypothetical situation in which the process is reversible. The preconditions for this are that it is infinitely slow, and that there is no friction. All natural or spontaneous processes are irreversible. Given that this is the medium of film, which is not a natural process, it is reversible, but in the process the narration is destroyed. There is a famous statement of Stephen Hawking in which he links “psychological time,” the way we remember things, and “entropic time.” In other words, if the flow of entropy were reversed (as far as our brain is concerned) then time would literally go in the opposite direction, Hawking thus stating that entropy and time are inextricably linked.
Hrvoje Hiršl (HR) Reversible (Le temps detruit tout)
Video, 1’ 37’’, 2012
Hrvoje Hiršl (HR)
Hrvoje Hiršl is an artist, researcher and designer. His art projects exist at the crossing of contemporary art and media art discourse. His main themes range from the materiality of the art object, deconstruction of its aura and the limitations of the medium to complex systems and cybernetics and their influence on the art movements emerging from the period of the 50/60s - minimalist/conceptual art. In the last two years his interests gradually shifted from the medium, materiality and the “aura” of the art object to structures, automation and cybernetics, which in a sense is again a search for the supporting structure (medium).
In 2012 he was nominated for the Radoslav Putar Award for the best Croatian artist under 35. He is the recipient of the DordtYart Artists-in-Residence 2015 (Dordrecht); TRIBE Residency 2013 (Istanbul, Prague and Ljubljana) and Kulturkontakt Artists in Residence 2012 (Vienna). In 2012 he participated in Documenta (13), Kassel as part of the AND AND AND program. He was nominated for the T-HT award 2012 and the T-HT award 2013 as one of five artists personally invited by the jury.