2020 | Spain | Experimental,Short

Cassini Falls

  • English 15 mins
  • Director | Pedro Torres
  • Writer | Pedro Torres
  • Producer | Pedro Torres

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"Cassini Falls" tells the story of the Cassini-Huygens international mission (1997-2017) in the words of NASA (about its launch, discoveries, history and final end) intertwined with other voices—from authors like F. Nietzsche, Tim Ingold, M. Merleau-Ponty, T. S. Eliot, David Toomey, Jane Bennett, José Luis Brea, G. Deleuze, L. Mitchel, Tomás Saraceno, Georges Didi-Huberman and that of the artist—generating a flow of textual information of historical, scientific, philosophical and poetic nature. Different fragments of text are combined and linked in multiple readings to account for a story that involves technological and scientific development and reflections on issues such as the image, time, the scope (or advance) of humanity. Many of Cassini's discoveries are especially attributed to the mission's longevity, initially conceived for a four-year period (2004 to 2008) and then extended twice reaching its end in September 2017, when it completely disintegrated upon entering Saturn's atmosphere. The long time out there allowed Cassini to transmit hundreds of gigabytes of information and spectacular images of Saturn, its rings and its moons, especially Titan and Enceladus, to Earth. In the video we see how some of these images, static, acquire movement in a constant flow between them. Cassini not only sent us images that we could never have seen, as it was itself a time-image of our time as humanity.

space travel history
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