Constant

40' / 2K DCP / 2022

DE, UK

"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

Awards:

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film, IndieLisboa 2022

Press:

Interview: BOMB Magazine

Interview: Filmmaker Magazine

Interview: Hammer to Nail

Review: The Film Verdict

Review: FRIEZE

Review: Edge Media Network

Review: Criterion Cast
 

Presentations:

51st International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ammodo Tiger Shorts Competition

First Look, Museum of Moving Image, New York

CPH:DOX, New Visions Competition, Copenhagen, Denmark

Courtisane, Ghent, Belgium

Indie Lisboa, Silvestre Competition, Lisbon

Prismatic Ground, Maysles Documentary Center, New York

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