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Constant

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.

 

Credits

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

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

Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2022

Indie Lisboa Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 2022

Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK, 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

Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico, 2022

EXiS Seoul, South Korea, 2022

Curtocircuito film festival, Spain, 2022

IMPAKT festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2022

Wexner Center for the Arts, USA, 2022

e-flux screening room, NYC, USA, 2022

Asia Cultural Center cinemateque, Seoul, South Korea, 2022

MUTA International Film Festival, Lima, Peru, 2022

Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA, 2022

Camden International Film Festival, USA, 2022

Imagine Science Film Festival, USA, 2022

Kurzfilmfestival Koln, Germany, 2022

Bangkok World Film Festival, Thailand, 2022

Awards

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film, Indie Lisboa Film Festival, 2022

Best International Short Documentary, Guanajuato Film Festival, 2022

Jury Special Mention, EXiS Seoul, 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."

Jury statement - Best International Short Documentary, Guanajuato Film Festival: "Constant offers a highly critical reflection on power, based on an unsuspected revision presented with both cinematic rigor and experimentation.”

Press

Interview in BOMB Magazine

Interview in Senses of Cinema

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

Related:

Monsters, Measures and Metabolisms

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