«I will show you fear in a handful of dust»
– T. S. Eliot.
«Tinham-nos prometido a chegada da nossa serpente pela tardinha e nessa altura tudo tinha de estar reduzido a pó, a nossa serpente não era capaz de resistir à mais pequena pedra. Onde há outra assim sensível? É uma serpente sem par, foi muito mimada com o nosso trabalho e agora não há ninguém que se lhe compare. Nós não percebemos, deploramos o facto de ela se continuar a chamar serpente. Podia chamar-se pelo menos Madame – se bem que como Madame ela também não teria igual. Mas isso não é problema nosso; o nosso trabalho é fazer pó.»
– Kafka, “Diários”.
“Dust” (Staub), 2007, documentary by Hartmut Bitomsky.
“Dust causes illness, dust makes up the cosmos. (…)
“Dust is the smallest object a film can deal with. Film is dust lighting up in the darkness of a movie theatre. (…) They speak of a dust grain. They speak of a film grain. It’s the smallest visual unit in which the film stock itself becomes visible.”
“Removing dust is a job and a business”.
“I once heard that 95 percent of the dust in a home, in an apartment, comes from people: skin particles, hair, dandruff. So dusting means you deal with yourself. Actually, you can’t ever win the battle.”
“Wherever we drop the work and life comes to a standstill, dust collects”.
“Dust and science both belong together, and they don’t. Dust is a kind of interface. There’s something philosophical about it. To me, dust is a kind of proto-matter. It is a phantom particle. It exists out of public eye. Yet it essentially has the ability to create matter. It’s evolution that went wrong. Evolution under the bed. On the one hand, we have a biological evolution where in the beginning there was dust as a kind of fertility charm. We are always emitting dust. It is essentially the ‘personal cloud’ around us, a kind of ‘calling card’ for everyone. The dust in our home is like an archive, a record of what has happened.”
“Dust needs people. Man, culture creates dust, the dust we know at home. But, on the other hand, dust needs our absence in order to collect and grow. It’s always going back and forth. It is like Leibniz said, like a herd where something is added and something is taken away. And the herd needs interaction between man and his environment, and between men themselves. Dust is a partner. We shouldn’t forget. It belongs to us. Man wants to keep the dust out, but it’s one of his very own mediums in a certain sense. Dust is the sediment of Creation, so to speak.”
“We have a constant cycle of gas and dust creating new stars which then give up gas and dust when they die…”