JULIETTE BONNEVIOT + CHRISTOPHER KULENDRAN THOMAS

From Dust

 

 

Hell is not something that awaits us, but is here and now in the desert.

Its dust is made of becoming-particles, hydrophilic by nature, emerging from the evaporation of water. The Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani describes how each particle of dust, originating with interstellar dust from the formation of stars and planets, carries with it a unique vision of matter, movement, collectivity, interaction, affect, differentiation, composition and infinite darkness - a crystallised data base or a plot ready to combine and react, to be narrated on and through the wetness that activates it.

Dust swarms are the primal flux of data in the Solar system or the Mother of all data-streams. Each dirt particle carries different materials from diverse territories, expressing their particularities but reconstituted in the universal medium of dust.

When dust particles are composed, they combine countless terms, languages and materials belonging to entirely different kingdoms. Dust particles originate from dark corners never before trodden, from different territories and domains of invisible hazards. Each particle carries crystallised waste matter and essences of various civilisations, hard to grasp, but easy to commingle when wet. Water is essential for blending the dust particles into one narrative with multiple undertows. If dust emerges from disparate territories and is composed of anonymous materials, then its particles can merge once they meet water.

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