FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (THAT’S WHERE SHE TAKES ME)
Without an eternity, without a sensitive, secret mirror of what passes through every soul, universal history is lost time, and along with it our personal history - which rather uncomfortably makes ghosts of us.
Jorge Luis Borges, A History of Eternity, 1936
The eternity – as the Argentine master of labyrinths and mirrors, Jorge Luis Borges explains to us – is the model and archetype of time. It is a game or a spent hope, the writer argues in his non-fiction A History of Eternity, while deconstructing Plato’s time as a moving image of eternity and unfolding Plotinus’s understanding of eternity as a world of universal forms. For Borges, nostalgia is a model of unanimous eternity: ‘The exile who with melting heart remembers his expectations of happiness sees them sub specie aeternitatis [under the aspect of eternity], completely forgetting that the achievement of one of them would exclude or postpone all the others. In passion, memory inclines towards the intemporal. We gather up all the delights of a given past in a single image; the diversely red sunsets I watch every evening will in memory be a single sunset. The same is true of foresight: nothing prevents the most incompatible hopes from peacefully coexisting. To put it differently: eternity is the style of desire. (The particular enjoyment that enumeration yields may plausibly reside in its insinuation of the eternal - the immediata et lucida fruitio rerum infinitarum.)’
Stephan Balkenhol, Michele Bernardi, Katinka Bock, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Anna Hulacova, Franz Kapfer, Szymon Kobylarz, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Marzia Migliora, Adrian Paci, Nicola Samorì, Xavier Veilhan