Good Morning Ivan!

You are right. When we start perceiving ourselves as “we” not “I”, the whole idea of time and location changes. Especially now, while we are dealing with the COVID-19. Funny how we call it a VIRUS - as one virus while we are dealing with gazillions of them forming an intelligent swarm. And this is also a vector - as in pathogens that directly infect humans or living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans.
Margate, 23rd of April, 2020
To follow this train of thoughts and to link it to my first message to you - I think vectors can become a glitch - and so this virus indeed is a glitch in what we perceive as“normality” as you rightly put it. And while we cannot travel to meet each other the way we have done until now, and everything seems slower and immobile - it is a result of the vector’s time and space warp.
But if we humans are not a unit but a combination of things we can travel easier or shift forms and be more resilient in this peculiar situation. This is why I am looking into my own bacteria to see how I can set it to travel to Brussels.
Which brings me to the answer to your question about my artistic enquiry into soil which will inform our sculpture in Brussels. You see, all is very much interconnected. And yes - like you I love the smell of soil after the rain called petrichor. According to Wikipedia from Greek, petra means “rock” and ichor - the fluid that flows in the veins of gods. So what we can smell is a mixture of Earthly and divine substance. How amazing is that?
Soil, just like everything else in this world, came from the star dust. Millions of years ago tiny creatures started caring for the stardust dropped on Earth from the passing by meteors. Those creatures came out of the sea to serve it and to use it for creation of all life. They worked extremely hard for a very long time. The result was truly precious: soil - which is exclusive ONLY to our planet, impossible to find anywhere else in our galaxy (as far as we know it). I only can imagine Saturnians worshipping a few grains of Earthly soil perhaps dropped by mistake by Apollo, or Keplerians keeping it in the most secure locations like we do with diamonds (which btw are plentiful around the galaxy).
Aforementioned tiny creatures are microbes.

Have they always been aware of their important role in the creation of this precious entity under our feet ?
And the way microbes do so is by catching a ride on meteors passing by our exosphere during the frequent meteor rains in summer months. Microbes can detect the tiniest vortex in the air, caused by the meteors flying by. And up they go carried by those tiniest of turbulences, like the ones observed in the ray of morning sun coming through the slit in the curtains, eventually reaching the exosphere and then jumping onto the surface of meteors flying by.
Unlike us present humans a microbe’s life, wisdom and intelligence is made of collective, no-time-bound experiences, and so we should look at them as parallel to our civilisation, very social and embracing. They are ready now to take this precious gift - soil - and take it back to the outer worlds.
Perhaps these specs of dust and particles in the solar rays which we have talked about before are in fact bacteria rising up from soil to get ready for space travel? You know, in ancient Rome people thought that all illness was coming from soil, although they didn’t know what bacteria was yet. In fact it is why there are pavements in cities, apparently. And why it took such a long time for bacteria to be able to hitch the ride - until you and me came along and made it possible through our concept. While I am trying to figure out how to travel, would you like to tell me more about your part of our artwork?
Sending love and see you soon!
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