Exchange - a split screen coastline crossing

video installation, 73 min loop, 2018
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is a split screen coastline crossing dedicated to the thoughtful constant movement, to coincidence in urban space, to redundancy and simultaneity, to minimal narration and to all those who go to places to learn something about the unfamiliar.

#movement #coincidence #contrast #höfdi #coastcity #traffic #spazieren #construction #architecture #tourists #harbour #encounter #sunrisesunset #eastwest #waves #horizon #icecream

Title: Exchange - a split screen coastline crossing
Duration: 1:13:04 min
Language: no language
Format: two channel / split screen, FHD, colour
Year: 2018

a video installation by Marian Freistühler

Manon Burg, Célestine Coutouis, Christian Schytt Fisker, Katrín Helga Ólafsdóttir, Camillo Ritter, Florence Schreiber

Sirra Sigrún Sigurðadóttir, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Sigrún Hlín Sigurðardóttir


Halfway between the old, touristic harbour in the west and the newer container harbour in the east of Reykjavik there is an eye-catching, white building with two stories that is granted a lot of free space around it. It is called Höfði, well known because of a summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 to discuss nuclear disarmament. One of the reasons why they met in Iceland is its geographical location between the former Soviet Union and the United States. The two representatives of opposed mindsets moved towards each other to learn something about the unfamiliar.

I was passing Höfði every day on my way to the studio and was soon intrigued by the spirit of the place. It became a focal point of contrasts and oppositions to me. The ocean and the city, the water and the traffic, the tourists and the containers, office buildings and construction sites, wood and concrete/metal/glass, east and west, capitalism and communism, sunrise and sunset, the mountains and the architecture – or just: the constantly changing and the constancy.