2016 | United Kingdom | Experimental

The Stability of the System

  • 18 mins
  • Director | Sasha¬†Litvintseva, Isabel Mallet
  • Writer | Sasha¬†Litvintseva, Isabel Mallet
  • Producer | Sasha¬†Litvintseva, Isabel Mallet

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The Stability of the System is an exploration into the material agency of images and of forms and their ability to call each other into being.The film begins with a mathematical point willing itself into dimensional existence, inventing/discovering space, then time. Shot on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, the film’s images are eruptions willed into existence by the creative act of the molten rock. The landscape absorbs all subjectivity, hallucinating the tragic death of Robert Smithson in its monochrome of endless black lava fields and scorching white of a cloudless sky. In the end the filmmaker dissolves into the landscape, no longer able to see - the landscape sees for her.

Written, directed, produced, and edited by : Sasha Litvintseva and Isabel Mallet 

Camera: Sasha Litvintseva

Sound: Isabel Mallet

Drums: Sanna Charles

Animation: James Paulley
Voices: Sophie Lee and Leonardo Liccini 

systems cosmos equilibrium ecology sun film geology landscape math agriculture volcano