"Numbers have life; they're not just symbols on paper".
Shakuntala Devi
Numbers is a second short film made in collaboration with a Bristol based writer and poet Lucy English. The film is a part of Lucy's Phd project called " The Book of Hours. This is the second film in which Lucy wrote a poem to a fully developed visual story. We only discussed some vague associations before the poem was written.
Lucy English on the Book of Hours project
''The Book of Hours is my current PhD in digital writing project and is an attempt to create a contemporary secular digital version of a ‘Book of Hours’. I want to explore the notion that our electronic devices are not just for distraction but can also be used as tools for reflection. The ‘readership’ will be international rather than regional or national and this is emphasised by my use of international film makers, such as Marc Neys from paddingelgium and a product designer, Loki English from Berlin. Rather than the traditional reading experience of a book The Book of Hours can be experienced during moments of down time, such as waiting for a bus, or during the coffee break at work.
The content of The Book of Hours will be a loose replication of the original books of hours. In the digital Book of Hours the ‘choice’ will be generated digitally but will reflect the time the viewer accesses the site.''
+ technical note - the voice over fading and lack of it at the end of the film are intentional
poem by Lucy English
music by Grupa Otwock
concept by Maciej Piatek

  • Maciej Piątek
  • Lucy English
  • Friday Fever Promotions
  • no cast
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    video art
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 13, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    May 19, 2017
    Spanish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • BackUp Festival 2017
    May 30, 2017
    German Premiere
    Weimar Poetry Film Award / competition /
  • Juteback Poetry Film Festival 2017
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    United States
    June 23, 2017
    US Premiere
  • Videovada 2017
    United Kingdom
    June 17, 2017
    UK Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Friday Fever Promotions
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Maciej Piątek

Maciej Piatek / aka VJ Pietrushka / is a Polish born UK based artist and filmmaker. His work involves a determined and authentic pursuit of visual experimentations. His works often explore the themes of human displacement and disconnection, social inequality and politics. His work has recently received a significant amount of exposure on the international video poetry circuit. As a VJ he closely co-operates with Shepherds of Cats, a group of improvising musicians from Poland with whom he performed a series of audio-video improvised concerts in various European venues such as: Café OTO in London and In Situ Art Society in Bonn, Germany. His work has been screened & exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as: the ICA in London, Arnolfini in Bristol and the Art Gallery of SESI-SP in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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