Erdös-Bacon number is a system of measurement that describes the closeness of mathematicians to the entertainment industry. Choice of profession has, in the past, been a strong marker of an individual’s identity. As the job market becomes increasingly flexible what happens to this coherence?


This work was conceived during a residency with the IMS group (mathematicians and artists). Two subjects were interviewed about their past careers as both performers and mathematicians. Like a Möbius strip, the film is constructed to be looping with a twist in the centre where they subjects switch from being one thing to another.


The Erdös-Bacon number is represented through a collage of the two subjects’ biographical detail. The framing of the subjects reinforces the idea of measurement, freeing each person from being a fully identifiable whole.


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Erdös-Bacon number

Erdös-Bacon number has been included in the following exhibitions and events


2012 entered in Ninateka Polish film archive

Uncertain Ratio exhibition @ V22, Lo

2012 Uncertain Ratio exhibition @ V22, London


2012 In Out Festival, Laznia Poland


2013 Impakt Festival, The Netherlands

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2013 Staged Realities screening, Impakt Festival