The narrative of nature

The understanding of music as a language goes back to the observation of birdsong.

In mythological tales, the language of birds is a sacred language to communicate with the divine. In Egyptian advanced civilisation, hieroglyphic writing was referred to as the alphabet of birds, and in Renaissance alchemy, the song of birds formed the basis for magical languages, which were also referred to as musical languages. In the art and poetry of the Asian region, nature is present as part of human existence, which is also where Attar comes from.

Man’s reflection on the phenomena of nature is ancient, but “man” has always been at the centre of his own world view. With industrialisation, nature became a romantic image of longing and at the same time a resource for exploitation.

With the climate crisis, we are once again becoming existentially aware of the importance of our natural environment. For a cultural confrontation with nature and to initiate social change, we are more dependent than ever on contemporary narratives on these topics.