Sannindi - An ode to the Death of Nature

Sannindi (Old Norse: the truth) - An ode to the death of Nature. 

Never have we felt this unrooted from our origins. Be it in our culture, landscape, religion or lack of it. Trudging through a chaotic plurality with the responsibility of creating our meaning. We desperately grasp for a way back to a feeling of home. But the truth seems just out of reach, concealed from us. Civilisation scrambles upon the foundations of concepts through language, separated and meshed simultaneously.  

Sannindi traverses through the mergence of historical language, music and visual art as an experimental film-poem. Representing the space between the exploration of nature and the mergence with it, outside the concept of nature. Heidegger said, “Language is the house of Being”. To explore its origins is to explore our origins. However, the sounds that separate us from the externally perceived world keep us from experiencing what is. Can we utter words of our ancestors to go beyond language?

“The poetry is an experiment where I am bridging the Indo-Nordic, temporal-cultural landscape. The language created is what I call the ‘root language’. The words have roots in both Sanskrit and Proto-Germanic. Surprisingly, they tend to sound similar to one another- creating a probable linguistic soundscape, i.e; an Icelandic person finds the poem familiar, just as well as an Indian who has had basic Sanskrit training. However, the ‘word-sounds’ lend themselves to a ritual practice, where there isn't a necessity of comprehending the meaning of the words, I.e; abstracting away from the abstraction that language tends to create. I wish to put a light on the ambiguity of floating between being the outsider to nature and the one who is nature in itself.” 

- Naina Eira

An Ode to death of Nature is a collaboration between philosopher Naina Gupta and film director Christina Amundsen.

Sannindi is a poetic portrayal of the space between the exploration of raw, vulgar nature and our delicate mergence with it. I am investigating the folding, unfolding, concealment and revelation of the experience of going beneath culture into our origins as human beings. Heidegger said, “Language is the house of Being”. To explore its origins is to explore our roots, to break the conception of time and space. Language is the sounds with meaning that separate us from the externally perceived world. Hence, I created a language using words with roots in Sanskrit and Proto-Germanic, blending and perhaps tearing the Indo-Nordic, temporal-cultural soundscape. This ode to end the concept of nature asks us to embrace the uncertainty and the ungraspable ambivalence of our human condition. Raising the questions; Can we utter words of our ancestors to go beneath culture? Where is that point of tension? Floating between being the outsider to nature and being nature in itself, free and bound simultaneously.

-Naina Eira

The poem in the film:

Sannindi: An ode to the Death of Nature

Feel, withdraw, conceal, reveal
Neatly folding time and space
Fiddling with the moist soils of my terror
Caressing the streams of your intimate love
It frees the found and grips the lost
lost again, found again, always within its grips
Time plays and it finds its space
The play finds the wit of the nimble ones
Death walks hand in hand with life

I stroke your wooden bones and you consume my moist gushes
Our inter-penetration flows through the concealed and revealed.
I emerge and beckon your tidy streams into my untimely hair
Washing away your abstract conceptions of my existence
Stray from me and stay with me
My freedom is shown through the truth of my inevitable prison
There is no truth..
Only the abyss and the acceptance of my fate tied with yours
Leave me, entangled in your meshes

- Naina Eira

Concept and Idea: Naina Eira

Director: Christina Amundsen

Cinematographer: Suraj Singh Thakur

Editor: Christina Amundsen

Poetry: Naina Eira

Music: Jonas Lorentzen & Sebastian Gainsborough

Actress: Rachel Varghese

Assistant: Mathilda Thompson Emily Davies