Panel Discussion

The Personal Equation: Measurement, Moving Image, Body and Environment

With Ute Holl, Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner and Mihnea Mircan

5 November 2022
15:15 — 16:30

Location: Het Huis Main Stage

The metric revolution, which forged the standard metre and kilogram still in use today, emerged from the centre of the French Revolution. A universal system of measurement – equally applicable to anyone, regardless of social position was considered a precondition for the implementation of egalitarian principles. The original metre was calculated as one ten millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the equator. A few decades after the official metre had been cast in platinum, a different measurement emerged that calculated the length of time it took the human brain to register a stimulus to the optic nerve. The interval, measured as one tenth of a second, was called ‘the personal equation’. Early cinematic technologies emerged from the study of the personal equation: the discovery that when a sequence of ten or more images is played within a period of a second, the human brain is tricked into perceiving a single continuous motion. 

This discussion takes its starting point from Constant (2022), a film by Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner that is part of the festival exhibition at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture]. Together with film theorist Ute Holl and curator Mihnea Mircan, the two filmmakers trace the many connections that exist between cinematic technologies and technologies of measurement, and discern what is at stake for social and political agency in a world defined by ever-more refined, pervasive and obscure systems of measurement.


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See the Day timetable to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.

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