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Matter in The Wrong Place



duration: 8:10

Quantitatively, dust refers to solid particles with diameters of less than five hundred micrometers. A micrometer, also known as a micron, is a millionth of a meter, or of a 0.00009906 cm. Atmospherically transported dust from the Saharan desert provides pulses of biologically important nutrients, including iron, to ocean surface waters.

But despite its physical insignificance, dust has outsized negative connotations. It is an avatar of the unclean. It is the ensign of entropy, of buildings destroyed or neglected, matter without purpose. But dust ain’t all bad.  A dust grain can be a world. Everywhere you look, you will find dust, even in the most remote places in the universe. It tells you things about its birth and where it traveled. It records a history. In that sense, it’s really a witness, a very silent one: it penetrates but doesn’t disturb. The fascination by this matter emerged from a desire to show the hidden beauty of the unwanted.

Matter in The Wrong Place  was comissioned by Starak Foundation as a part of the project 

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