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By Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

40', Digital


"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

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