Sasha Litvintseva: Films, Writing, Projects, Info


In collaboration with Beny Wagner / 40 min / 2022 / 2K DCP


"Constant" is a journey through the social and political histories of measurement. For most of recorded history, the human body was the measure of all things. “Constant” asks what led measurement to depart from the body and become a science unto itself. The film explores three shifts in the history of measurement standardization, from the land surveying that drove Early Modern European land privatization, to the French Revolution that drove the Metric Revolution, to the conceptual dematerialisation of measurement in the contemporary era of Big Science. Each chapter traces the relationship of measurement standardization to ideas of egalitarianism, agency, justice, and power. Cinematic and technical images that begin as products of measurement systems are stretched beyond their functions to describe the resistance of lived experience to symbolic abstractions.



Text / direction / edit / sound design: Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Produced by: Guillaume Cailleau for CaSk Films, Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

3D and point cloud animation: Matteo Mastrandrea

Camera: Sasha Litvintseva

Original music: dead hand / Additional music: Beny Wagner

Narration: Cynthia Beatt 

Supported by: Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg; Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Exhibition list 

International Film Festival Rotterdam -Ammodo Tiger Shorts Competition, The Netherlands 2022

Indie Lisboa Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 2022 - winner of Silvestre Award for Short Film

CPH:DOX, NEW:VISION competition, Denmark, 2022

Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2022

First Look, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, 2022

Prismatic Ground, Maysles Documentary Center, New York, 2022

Ohlar de Cinema, Curitiba, Brazil, 2022

Jury statement - Silvestre Award for Short Film, Indie Lisboa: "We were impressed with Sasha and Beny’s deft handling of what could be considered forebodingly complex subject matter, particularly their ability to explain and engage at the same time. Their use of formally innovative techniques made for a distinct visual experience that had a real impact on us all, and also (perhaps more importantly) on the audience in attendance. A singular meditation on measurement, state power and opaque systems of informations."


Interview in BOMB Magazine

Interview in Filmmaker Magazine

Interview in Hammer to Nail

Review in Frieze

Review in Criterion Cast

Review in Edge Media Network

Review in The Film Verdict


Monsters, Measures and Metabolisms

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