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SOMA News 1 Feb 2013
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Meet Mr. Piet Hein

Since 1998 I have been writing about this great puzzle called SOMA, and mentioning its inventor Mr. Piet Hein.

You all know that one thing is reading about someone, another is to see a picture. Some say that a picture is worth a thousand words.... It is true.
But.... If this is really true, then what if we could see Mr:Piet Hein moving.


Clips from the movie.


Well I just found this short TV cut from Danish television, showing a portrait of the 85-year old Mr. Piet Hein at Egeskov slot (Oak forest castle) in Denmark.
The cut is from a TV transmission called 'Piet Hein - Hvis er du' (Piet Hein - Whose are you)
It was recorded 20 may 1991. Playingtime is 2,25 minutes.
Recorded by: Panorama Film International, c/o Just Betzer.
Featuring: Piet Hein, poet, multiartist;

I know he speaks Danish and he doesn’t say much, but still you might enjoy it.

http://www.dr.dk/bonanza/search.htm?needle=piet&type=all&limit=120&assetId=55049

Alternative link to same clip:
http://www.danskkulturarv.dk/chaos_post/00000000-0000-0000-0000-0000e1710016/

Here's a transliteration of what he says.

The "øh" [uh] and double words "at at" [to to] is exactly as spoken in the clip.
In Danish
00:16 Af alle de båse og titler øh betyder jo ingen ting øh. Den enkle sandhed er. jeg kan kun en ting, jeg kan tænke kreativt.

00:47 Ja jeg ss søger... en tendens vel til at lade det blive til noget, altså noget som jeg fordøjede og prøvede på i den og den form at at give videre til andre.
øh det er jo en stor del af ens oplevelse af tilværelsen at opleve den sammen med andre mennesker.

01:21 Jeg tror i virkeligheden heller ikke det var, med deres vilje, at - jeg blev til, øh, jeg må ha været helt, alene om den beslutning.

01:34 Jeg tror man som eh, vel næsten alt andet i tilværelsen har både fordele og ulemper af det, og måske med den "lægning" jeg havde, øh så var det meget godt, at jeg ikke, havde mange forstyrrelser af af af en stor flimrende søskendeflok.
Det var galt nok at have to forældre.!

01:58 Skolen spillede ikke nogen rolle for mig, forberedelsesskolen. I hvert tilfælde ikke nogen positiv. Jeg tror jeg var - var meget isoleret, isolerede mig meget. Og det var ikke af en trang til isolation, det var bare fordi, det var ikke frugtbart, for mig at den måde og den grad hvori de ville forme mig.
I stedet for at lade mig forme mig efter mine muligheder.



In English.
00:16 Of all the stalls and titles uh means of course nothing uh. The simple truth is. I can only one thing, I can think creatively.

00:47 Yes I ss seek... a tendency I expect to let it turn into something, that is something which I digested and tried in this or that form to to pass to others.
uh that's a big part of one's experience of life to experience it with other people.

01:21 I think, in fact, that it was not in their will, that - I was born, uh, I must have been completely alone on the decision.

01:34 I think you eh, as well almost everything else in life have both advantages and disadvantages of it, and perhaps with the "planning" I had, uh it was very good that I did not have many disturbances of a large shimmering group of siblings.
It was bad enough to have two parents.!

01:58 School played no role for me, preparationschool. In any case, not anything positive. I think I was - was very isolated, isolated myself a lot. And it was not by a desire for isolation, it was just because it was not fruitful, for me to the manner and the degree in which they would shape me.
Instead of letting me shape myself after my options.




PS: For Danish teachers:
A full presentation movie of Mr. Piet Hein may be acquired from http://www.viauc.dk/cfu
Select middle Jutland, and search for "Piet Hein store danskere"
This will bring you a danish "dvd-video" media, that may be streamed if your school has an account at CFU Film og TV.
The description reads:
Digteren, designeren og opfinderen Piet Hein er mest kendt for sine gruk og superellipsen. Piet Hein bliver et folkeligt klenodie med sine gruk, men bliver aldrig anerkendt ved fagfolkene. Programmet sætter fokus på Piet Heins familiære baggrund og sætter fokus på et liv fyldt med modsætninger, hvilket afspejler Piet Heins personlighed.
The poet, designer and inventor Piet Hein is most known for his Grooks and superellipsoid. Piet Hein is a popular treasure for his Grooks, but never recognized by professionals. The program sets a focus on Piet Hein's family background and highlights on a life filled with contradictions, reflecting Piet Hein's personality.
The Movie target is "Gymnasiale uddannelser" and "Voksenundervisning" (College and adult teaching).
PPS: Obvious:
Oh yes, I just found an obvious link. So take a look at the official Piet Hein homepage.
A small video is available at the left side of this page.
http://www.piethein.com/piet_hein-en.html English text
http://www.piethein.dk/piet_hein.html Danish text
This is a very interesting presentation of Piet.
Though, unfortunately, the picture size is somewhat small.


Written by Thorleif Bundgaard <thorleif@fam-bundgaard.dk>

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