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An Interview with Anja Jaenicke on Productivity, “Pen Gwyn – The white head,” “Das Spiegelbild des Seins,” and “John Dee on the shoulders of Issac Newton” (Part Four)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/08/08


Anja Jaenicke is a German Poet and Actor. She discusses: the common emotive themes; highly productive; “Pen Gwyn – The white head”; “Das Spiegelbild des Seins”; “John Dee on the shoulders of Issac Newton”; and the books at

Keywords: Anja Jaenicke, Germany, Isaac Newton, John Dee.

An Interview with Anja Jaenicke on Productivity, “Pen Gwyn – The white head,” “Das Spiegelbild des Seins,” and “John Dee on the shoulders of Issac Newton” (Part Four)[1],[2]*

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: For some of your artistic productions, based on the images you sent me, there is a sense of dreariness, angst especially in “Das Spiegelbild des Seins” the sense of not know what is going on what is going to happen while desperately wanting to know what will happen. What are some of the common emotive themes of the work for you?

Anja Jaenicke: If you are referring to the scene photos of “Das Spiegelbild des Seins” (The Mirror Image of Being”) it is very easy. The Film is based on a novel written by me and it is a crossover between mystery and classical psycho thriller, where psycho implies angst and the fact that you do not know what comes next is the suspense or the thrill.

Regarding my other works I think I am rather versatile and there are not many common themes in my creations.

2. Jacobsen: You have been highly productive. Yet you lament a culture of mediocrity in the country. You are not the first to note that to me. Why?

Jaenicke: Well if there are others who say so, maybe there is something to it?

Now during the Covid 19 Pandemic the whole misery becomes visible. But I am an optimist. Art has survived many crises since the dawn of time. It might adapt and it might change but as long as there is humanity there will be art.

3. Jacobsen: For “Pen Gwyn – The white head” It is a very self assured critter. What is the inspiration for this particular production?

Jaenicke: The Pen Gwyn has a human face inside of him. It characterizes his human nature. His name is Werner.

The inspiration for the adventures of the penguin Werner and his friend Klaus is the film maker Werner Herzog and his favorite enemy the actor Klaus Kinski.

The books are in some way a homage to them.

4. Jacobsen: In some more of the photographs sent of “Das Spiegelbild des Seins” some of the central characters are portrayed in the same dismayed position, especially the actor Joachim Bernhard known from the Academy Award nominated movie “Das Boot”..

Jaenicke: The storyline of the film “Das Spiegelbild des Seins” is about Sophia and her mother who live in a twilight reality based on religious fanaticism. Joachim Bernhard excellently plays the character of Dr. Leid, a psychiatrist who wants to understand more and by doing so he is pulled deeper and deeper into the abyss of Sophia’s schizophrenic world until the realities collapse and melt with each other to leave the audience without a compass in the midst of chaos. (See IMDb – Das Spiegelbild des Seins 2016).

5. Jacobsen: What is the meaning of the piece “John Dee on the shoulders of Issac Newton”? I am reminded of a famous phrase from Newton. For the connection with John Dee, what is it?

Jaenicke: We as a species are one. Every thought that can be thought of has been around for some time before. But it can only come to frustration and fully materialize at the right moment and under the right circumstances. Newton was so close to a theory of relativity but he couldn’t grab the last pieces. He was caught in his time and his conventions of thinking. It needed Albert Einstein hundreds of years later to fully understand the concept. John Dee was a great Mathematician and Astronomer in his own time and some of his ideas might have influenced or even illuminated Sir Isaac later. Every knowledge is based on knowledge gained by people before us.

We carry this old knowledge within us, like a demon until it is ripe to be released and understood.

6. Jacobsen: People can find some of the books at written by you. What books took more time, more focus, became a point of intrigue and emphasis?

Jaenicke: Every work is different, some come spontaneously others need more time but they all need focus and they all are loved. Luckily I am a very focused and systematic person.

Some people think art and creativity come easy but that is not quite true.

All creations need logos. Only if you walk down the path of logic until its end, where it becomes illogical you can open yourself to imagination and creativity.

It is a bit like in the poem “Page d’ecriture” by Jacques Prevert, where we find us in the middle of a math class at school “Two plus two equals four” says the teacher, “repeat!” and the child sees the wonder bird at the window and the child and the bird play with each other while the teacher shouts “Stop the nonsense!”

All the children hear the song and they play with the wonder bird until the two and the two disappear and the one and the one are no longer two, the blackboard becomes rock again, the ink becomes water and the pen becomes bird.

Maybe we all should become a bit child again.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] German Poet and Actress; CEO, HIQ-MEDIA-POOL INC.; Member, Poetic Genius Society.

[2] Individual Publication Date: August 8, 2020:; Full Issue Publication Date: September 1, 2020:

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.


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