— video installation, 2012
Duration: 01h 37′
(natural history runs toward decay, cultural history starts from decay) [...] human engagement no longer looks like a better method of producing information [...] 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, specific for its reverse chronology of the scenes, is used as a cultural artifact and re-reversed in order to “correct” his originally twisted chronology and return it to the linear flow of time. As a consequence of this “correction” all the scenes are going in reverse. 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 movie is superimposed with the reversible/irreversible diagram, showing a hypothetical situation in which the process is reversible. The preconditions for this are that the time is infinitely slow, and that there is no friction. The second law of thermodynamics says that over the time things decay, namely, the order in a closed system reduces, i.e., the entropy increases. Entropy is also called the arrow of time. All the natural or spontaneous processes are irreversible. Given that this is the medium of film, that is not a natural process, it is reversible, but in the process the narration is destroyed.
There is a famous Stephen Hawking’s statement in which he linked the “psychological time”, the way we remember things and “entropic time.” In other words, if the flow of entropy would reverse (as far as our brain is concerned) then literally time would go in the opposite direction, by which Hawking stated that the entropy and time are inextricably linked.
Hrvoje Hiršl is an artist, researcher and designer from Croatia. His art projects are at the crossing of contemporary art and media art discourse. His main themes range from materiality of the art object, deconstruction of its aura and the limitations of the medium. In the last two years his interests shifted more into structures, automation and cybernetics, which in a sense is again a search for the supporting structure (medium). His work encompasses: sound installations, video installations, interactive installations, prints, etc. In 2012 Hiršl was nominated for the Radoslav Putar Award for best Croatian artist under 35. Residencies: DordtYart Artists-in-Residence 2015, Dordrecht, Netherlands; TRIBE Residency 2013 (MOTA – Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana; CIANT, Prague; BIS, Istanbul; Artos Foundation, Nicosia) and Artists in Residence 2012 (Kulturkontakt, Austria). In 2012 he was invited to participate in Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany, as part of the AND AND AND program. He was nominated for the T-HT award 2012 and on the occasion of T-HT awards 2013 he was one of five artists personally invited by the jury. He is the founder of I’MM_ Media Lab in Zagreb.