• Readable Voice over

    Hochverehrte Gäste, liebe Kolleginnen!

    Gestatten Sie mir, mit einer kleinen persönlichen

    Bemerkung zu beginnen. (1:5)


    The principle of nature (Grundsatz vom Wesen) –

    the principle which states that every object has

    its nature and that every nature is the nature of

    an object – would collapse if nature (essence) and

    object were one and the same thing. (2:154)


    The “artistic structure” (Gebilde) has its immanent

    organic law to which the “master” must

    submit if his or her creation is to be a work of art

    rather than a mere “artifact” (Machwerk). The formal

    structures which artists mold have their own

    nature, a nature which “unfolds” before their very

    eyes. (2:157-158)


    As far as the individual thing is concerned, the

    possibility of its not being would become inconceivable,

    and the distinction between finite and

    eternal being would disappear. (2:154-155)

    The unfolding of a triangle, for example, differs

    from the way a melody unfolds itself. But these

    several modes of unfolding have something in

    common if we compare them with that entirely

    different unfolding which pertains to the form of

    real objects. (2:159)


    In a spatial structure (Raumgestalt) unfolding of

    the essence is actualised in spatial expansion.

    And in a temporal structure (Zeitgestalt) – as for

    example, in a musical tune or in an experiental

    unit – the unfolding of the essence (Wesensentfaltung)

    is actualized in a temporal sequence.

    Space and time thus pertain to these particular

    modes of being. (2:158)

    Poetic characters are “true” or “real” to the extent

    that they are kept within the confines of the possibilities

    of the essence (Wesensmöoglichkeiten).



    A “potential being” without a “something” whose

    being it is, cannot be posited. (2:185)

    Space is an “abyss”, an “absolute and quasi-universal,

    bottomless depth. It is that which in its

    emptiness is beyond all measure,” but in this very

    boundlessness it is “the basis of everything that is

    measurable of every structure that is constituted

    in external, measurable proportions.” Matter is

    essentially spatial. “Where there is matter or anything

    material, there is space. No previously given

    space is needed. (2:189)


    It is possible to conceive of a spatially effectuated

    (raumhaft ausgewirkt) body which is born up from

    within, but in such a way that it is held totally “in

    suspense” (in der Schwebe). Such a body is thorougly

    grounded in energy (Kraft). (2:190)


    (…) in the form of absolute transcendence, flight

    from self, and emptiness. (2:189)


    It cannot be weighted down internally, and thus

    become a burden unto itself; and it represents a

    “genuine material entity” (…) Its quiescence of

    space is the calm of strength, while the quiescence

    of matter is the calm of impotence. (2:190)


    Ihnen die herzlichsten Wünsche und Grüsse,

    Ihre E. St. (1:196)



  • Information

    A collaborative work between Petrine Vinje and Maren Dagny Juell. Based on the writings of Edith Stein in her book "Finite and Eternal Being: An Attempt at an Ascent to the Meaning of Being". Other text by Petrine Vinje.

    First exhibited in Petrine Vinjes exhibition SCIVIAS at Tegneforbundet, Oslo, Norway.

  • Credits


    Texts are edited by Maren Dagny Juell and

    Petrine Vinje for the videowork «Endliches und

    Ewiges Sein» Juell/ Vinje © 2017


    Voice: Susice Wisiak

    Actor: Marie Gard

    Cinematographer: Road Midtlien NFF

    Artworks and costume: Petrine Vinje

    Edit, animation and post production: Maren Dagny Juell


    Sound recorded at Notam, Oslo


    Supported  by Arts Council Norway



Short 1 min excerpt , for full view (7,28 min) please contact me.