Between the Lines

Between the Lines is a visual interpretation of seven selected quotes from Søren Kierkegaard’s writings. The photographic collages consist of underwater photographs of dancers and photographs of Søren Kierkegaard’s original writings. The movements of the five dancers are choreographed in collaboration with choreographer Pipaluk Supernova.

Reading Kierkegaard’s texts particularly seven quotes stroke me personally. All seven quotes describe emotional states that we all recognise: anxiety, depression, joy and despair. I used the underwater photography to visualize the emotional state represented in Kierkegaard-quotes. When I was under water I experienced being in touch with a sort of essence; the dancers inner being – their soul. The character and emotion they communicated came across so clear – strong and pure. Their bodies were floating around in a dreamy space, which i tried to highlight in the strong contrasts.

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  • underwater photography of a women swimming anonymous face

    Between the Lines 01 – Anxiety

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    Between the Lines 01 – Anxiety

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    “In this state there is peace and repose, but there is simultaneously something else that is not contention and strife, for there is indeed nothing against which to strive. What, then, is it? Nothing. But what effect does nothing have? It begets anxiety. This is the profound secret of innocence, that it is at the anxiety.” (Søren Kirkegaard quotation)

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  • a man and two women hug with closed eyes under water by ingrid bugge for danish national museum

    Between the Lines 02 – Christ

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    Between the Lines 02 – Christ

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    “Where is Christ present? Wherever his name is called upon; even if only two or three are gathered in his name, he is present there. Yes, and where someone suffers innocently for the sake of righteousness and calls upon his name, there, audition to the voice that calls upon him, is something that calls upon him even more powerfully, and therefore the communion of his sufferings and the power of his resurrection are there: how blessed to suffer mockery for a good cause! What does a person desire as the highest reward? To have his name inscribed immortally in the annals of history. But that the person who is mocked, just by suffering mockery, receives the highest reward – has his name inscribed in the Book of Life! All of us are indeed immortal, also those who do wrong, also the most ungodly of all the ungodly. But to have one's name inscribed in the Book of Life: how blessed to suffer mockery for a good cause! What blessed, blessed comfort, what blessed, blessed joy!” (Søren Kirkegaard quotation)

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    Between the Lines 03 – Depression

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    Between the Lines 03 – Depression

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    “What, then, is depression? It is hysteria of the spirit. There comes a moment in a person's life when immediacy is ripe, so to speak, and when the spirit requires a higher form, when it wants to lay hold of itself as spirit. As immediate spirit, a person is bound up with all the earthly life, and now spirit wants to gather itself together out of this dispersion, so to speak, and to transfigure itself; the personality wants to become conscious in it's eternal validity. If this does not happen, if the movement is halted, if it is repressed, then desperation sets in. One can try a great many things to consign it to oblivion; one can work , can snatch at more innocent remedies than a Nero, but the depression continues.

    There is something unexplainable in depression. A person with a sorrow or a worry knows why he sorrows or worries. If a depressed person is asked what the reason is, what it is that weights on him, he will answer: I do not know; I cannot explain it. Therein lies limitlessness of depression. This answer is altogether correct, because as soon as he knows what it is, it is eliminated, whereas sorrow in the sorrowing one is not eliminated by his knowing why he sorrows. But depression is sin, is actually a sin instar omnium (that stands for all), for it is the sin of not willing deeply and inwardly, and this is a mother of all sins.” (Søren Kirkegaard quotation)

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    Between the Lines 04 – Despair

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    photo underwater women in red dress with closed eyes resting

    Between the Lines 04 – Despair

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    “Once upon a time there was a father and a son. A son is like a mirror in which the father sees himself, and for the son in turn the father is like a mirror in which he sees himself in the time to come. Yet they seldom looked at each other in that way, for the cheerfulness of high-spirited, lively conversation was their daily round. Only a few times did it happen that the father stopped, faced the son with a sorrowful countenance, looked at him and said: Poor child, you are in a quiet despair. Nothing more was ever said about it, how it was to be understood, how true it was. And the father believed that it was he who caused the fathers sorrow – but never a word exchanged about this.” (Søren Kirkegaard quotation)

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    Between the Lines 05 – Inwardness

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    Between the Lines 05 – Inwardness

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    “This is what must be rejected – all the lying, hypocritical, conceited confusion which hidden inwardness has brought about.

    There is hardly one man in a generation who is profound enough to have, or unfortunate enough to be obliged to have a hidden inwardness. But nothing is more dangerous than to cut men loose and give up all control, and allow each man to give assurance about all that his hidden inwardness conceals. And nothing is more contrary to Christianity, Christianity which, above all, wishes everything to be made manifest. It is to a certain extent true of me that I was unfortunate enough to be obliged to go about and conceal a hidden inwardness. For that very reason, because there was some truth in me, I am the one who was given the task of throwing some light on this point.”
    (Søren Kirkegaard quotation)

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  • dark blue Under water photography of Ingrid bugge with writing behind her

    Between the Lines 06 – Joy

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    Between the Lines 06 – Joy

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    “What is joy, or what is to be joyful? It is truly to be present to oneself, but truly to be present to one self is this “today,” this to be today, truly to be today. And the truer it is that you are today, the more you are entirely present to yourself in being today, the less does tomorrow, the day of misfortune, exist for you.” (Søren Kirkegaard quotation)

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