5 July 2010

Jünger and Eggs

Excerpt from an interview with Hermann Jünger (click for source)

H.J.:" Technical and organic perfection strike me as two different things. A steel ball turned and polished to precision can often be endlessly repeated with today’s tools. Each ball will look exactly like all the others—perfection to an extremely high degree.

An egg has a shape that hasn’t changed in millennia; eggs are all alike—“to be as like as two eggs” as we say in German—and that too is a perfect shape.

But upon closer inspection we discover that, in fact, no two eggs are alike. There are differences in the surfaces, the shades of color, the sizes.

In contrast to industrially manufactured things, the egg is something organic, living. It is more than perfection; I see it as something organically perfect, complete.

This is why perfection in craft perplexes more than it convinces me. Older craftsmanship is rarely entirely perfect; it was industry that ultimately destabilized craft.

Organic irregularities were regarded more and more often as mistakes. The ambition to produce flawless things overshadowed the sense of responsibility to form. Most of today’s craft workshops work with machines that make perfection possible but no longer allow for organic perfection."

What he said about the eggs... made me think... of Jüngeresque eggs
This illustration of eggs is like a page of Jünger pendants...

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