“The theory of relativity gets rid of absolute time. Consider a pair of twins. Suppose that one twin goes to live on top of a mountain while the other stays at sea level. The first twin would age faster than the second. Thus, if they met again, one would be older than the other.” (Steven Hawking from A Brief History of Time)
Time and Time and Again is a film about time and art, based on the life and work of Icelandic artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson (b. 1943). His work is a poetic and philosophical exploration into every-day human experience where time and coincidence play leading role.
Merging reality with fiction the film revisits selected works by Friðfinnsson and uses them as inspiration for a narrative. It tells the story of a pair of twins who were separated at birth, one was brought up in the mountains of Iceland and the other below sea level in Amsterdam. The different force of gravity has made them age differently.
Equally occupied with exploring the nature of time, the twins are in fact one and the same person, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, in present and past.
The third character and the catalyst in the narrative is Aika, who works at a fictional Time Lab in Finland that is responsible for the twin experiment. She knows everything there is to know about time - from the perspective of science and theory. The film follows these three characters as they unknowingly interact through their passion for the intricate concept of time.
Co-directed by Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir and Markús Þór Andrésson and produced by LoFi Productions in Iceland and Mouka Filmi in Finland.
This video is one of the final results from the collaboration between Magnus Logi Kristinsson and Stefan Riebel in the context of CO-LAB Editions 1.
Both artists assume this exhibition as a performative process. From the first moment they met, they have been performing for each other and analyzing the content of this collaboration.
By placing together Magnus Logi Kristinsson, with his “list reading” practice, in which he constantly works around the unnoticed, the obvious and the already known, and the non-expressive way that Stefan Riebel deals with information, working with basic questions about complex subjects, I think a very interesting
work collaboration will arise.
Both of the artists are researchers working in different medias, having a conceptual starting point to attain very interesting forms, points of view and new perspectives about several subjects.
In both of their works the "Fact" and the "Language" become a poetic ornament, a sculpture, a painting, something physical and alive that brings a strange conscience about small things in live.