Hartmut Bitomsky

Specks of Existence: Hartmut Bitomsky’s Dust


"A thought-provoking micro-lens through which to view the world... Part philosophy, part science, Dust amounts to a kind of contemplative poetry." —Film Comment

Jack H. Skirball Series


Through a web of interviews, poetic ruminations and cinematic investigations, Hartmut Bitomsky’s Dust (2007) serves as a philosophical, factual and fanciful examination of the smallest objects that can be perceived, particles that permeate every aspect of life. Of the titular subject of this work Bitomsky notes, “Wherever we go, it has already beaten us; wherever we turn it follows us. It is our past, our present and our future . . . It gets inside us, we shed it . . . It nestles right into the despair of its own existence.” Known for his theoretical depth and originality, Bitomsky has produced a major body of documentary essay films and critical writing on cinema for 40 years, is an influential teacher and served as the Dean of CalArts’ School of Film/Video from 1993 to 2002. Dust and his earlier films have been shown at festivals throughout the world.

In person: Hartmut Bitomsky

Advanced Curators' Notes

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

Associated Images: 

MON 5/2
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff