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40' / 2K DCP / 2022


"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 / camera / edit / sound design: Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

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

3D and point cloud animation: Matteo Mastrandrea

Original music: dead hand

Additional music: Beny Wagner

Narration: Cynthia Beatt

Sound design and mix: Gabor Ripli

Color grade: Sergi Sanchez

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


Silvestre Award for Best Short Film, IndieLisboa 2022

Best Short Documentary, Guanajuato International Film Festival 2022

Jury Special Mention, EXiS Seoul 2022


Interview: BOMB Magazine

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Review: The Film Verdict

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2022 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ammodo Tiger Shorts Competition

2022 Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK

2022 CPH:DOX, New Visions Competition, Copenhagen, Denmark

2022 Courtisane, Ghent, Belgium

2022 Indie Lisboa, Silvestre Competition, Lisbon

2022 Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico

2022 EXiS Seoul, International Competition, South Korea

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

2022 Prismatic Ground, Maysles Documentary Center, New York, USA

2022 Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA

2022 Camden International Film Festival, Rockland, USA

2022 Olhar de Cinema, International Shorts Competition, Curtiba International Film Festival, Brazil

2022 MUTA International Film Festival, Lima, Peru

2022 IMPAKT festival, Utrecht, was The Netherlands

2022 Cineseries, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, USA

2022 Monsters and Measures, e-flux Screening Room, New York City, USA

2022 Asia Cultural Center Cinemateque, Seoul, South Korea

2022 Imagine Science Film Festival, New York, USA

2022 Kurzfilmfestival Köln, Germany

2022 Bangkok World Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2022 Critical Media Lab, IXDM, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland

2022 This is Not Anarchy, This is Chaos, Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

2022 Two Films by Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

2022 Set Phosphenes, Studio for Artistic Research, Düsseldorf, Germany

2023 Artists' Film Series 01/Calibration, Chemist Gallery, London

2023 Hybrid Forms and Frameworks, University of Virginia, USA

2023 The Measure of the World, Radius CCA, Delft, The Netherlands

2023 InScience Film Festival, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2023 Ginzaza Edition 2: Control, Sony Park Mini, Tokyo, Japan

2023 Constant, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2023 2 Annas Film Festival, Riga, Latvia

2023 A Demonstration / Constant, Cinema Aventure, Brussels, Belgium

2023 Technical Lands, Cube Cinema, Bristol, UK

2023 This Too, Is A Map, 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea

2023 Living Togetherness, Taiwan International Video Art Exhbition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei

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