Mourning the Infinite

Mourning the Infinite is a video-installation by Anaïs Tondeur.

Did you know? The earth is dead. At least the one we knew…

This photographic and video installation unfolds as an invitation to a vigil, to the burial of an illusion, to the mourning of an earth with infinite resources. By a dive into the geological depths, the visitors are led into the bowels of one of the oldest silver mines in the world. Gliding through the depths of time, in the wet and unstable darkness of the mineral, they are given to witness a funeral rite carried out in the very body of the deceased.

This is when, from within the folds of the mortuary veil, an image emerges. It develops from the encounter between the elements in presence: between the salt of human tears and the silverous waters of the mine’s lake, between the shroud's surface and a light suddenly engulfing within the mine, transformed in this instant into a camera obscura.

Through a photographic gesture conceived as a gesture of mourning, the emergence of the image reveals, beyond any form of extractivism, the potency of what is nestled in-between things, on the very skin of the world.

This project created from the meeting of human tears and silver, a paper shroud and a mine is developed as part of a collaboration with the anthropologist Marine Legrand. It is stemming from a triptych of rituals which forms a series of offerings from human body fluids to living environments. Mourning the infinite finds its particular roots in the third gesture of the triptych: a participative endeavour offering to gather our tears in face of the barren processes at play, to weep for the living world falling apart before our eyes and yet to escape from denials. By giving form to the dreadful entanglements of our present, this geological mourning offers to “sublimate” our sorrow and fear, into forces of power to act in return.

Mourning the Infinite is 4K video of 15'', colour.

Salt print composed from human tears salt and silver gathered in one the oldest silver mines in the world
Tears-collecting phials


A collaboration with anthropologist and writer Marine Legrand

Cameraman: André Schreuders,
Editing: André Schreuders and Anaïs Tondeur
Sound composition: Floriane Pochon

A V2_ production and As film with the kind support of the Silver Mines of the Frankish Kings, Melle, France.

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