‘Dust motes' is all that I can think of. In the Doctor Who universe, it is referred as the swarming, carnivorous being Vashta Nerada (lit. “the shadows that melt the flesh”), said to be seen as the specks of dust visible in bright sunlight.
In Danish, it is called støvfnug (“dust flakes”). (from ehjorth)
Historically the term is “atoms” but that’s before the whole “atoms” thing became associated with what we know today as atoms. So it’s an archaic term now, but still fun to use. (from huckly)
atom, n.: “Each of the particles of dust rendered visible by light; a mote in a sunbeam. arch. and poet. in later use.”
1538 T. Elyot Dict. at cited word, Atomi, be motes of the sonne.
1588 J. Harvey Discoursiue Probl. conc. Prophesies 96 Cabalisticall coiners, and impostural wringers, making at their own pleasure..bodies of Atomes, or sun motes, something of nothing.
1911 W. D. Foulke Maya iii. iii. 56 And he clutched the ray that glittered With its countless atoms floating In the pathway of the sunbeam.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
Made by Mochida Kanta
Halfway were knees known to move and to shake once the all the lights went away.
When the music in the basement gets so loud, your blood starts to hum.
your lower back folds into the wall and it starts yelling at you:
push back harder, baby.
Naked embrace is such a beautiful thing
I love the feeling of her body as I cuddle her against me, and you know she’s a little colder than usual, so you hold her even tighter.
This is pure intimacy.