The Measure

Monty Kaplan

2018 - 2020

"The Measure" is a project that adapts Robert Creeley's poem of the same name. Using the text as inspiration, I created a sci-fi tale of a scientist, whose obsession with understanding the nature of time and the possibility to travel through it, drives him to madness. The poem speaks of feeling caught in the time as measurement, what was interesting to explore for me was this encounter with an impossible limit, the idea of becoming imprisoned by our own ways of reasoning. The character is trapped in a maze of his own head, unable to see past this tunnel vision. The project's narrative is divided in three, the character's POV; a scientific journal, and a look into his experiments.These all add onto another, becoming increasingly erratic to create a dramatic crescendo. The poem serves as the emotional backbone for the series.

The Poem:

"I cannot

move backward

or forward.

I am caught.

in the time

as measure.

What we think of

we think of---

of no other reason

we think than

justo to think--

each for himself."

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