This project explores spatial coordinates and datum/a. Specifically, the project translates cartesian coordinates to coordinative definitions that are more relevant to the content they describe, in an attempt to critique the ubiquity of the cartesian system. The spatial subject in question is Michael Mann’s film ‘Heat’ (an LA saga resonating with isolated and introverted characters), chosen for its tight relationship between spatial/urban fabric and character development. I.e., its spatial coordinates are highly identifiable within the plot. A cartesian datum is that of (0,0,0). A spatial datum is that of an abrupt body gesture, pivot of the head, perfectly placed hand rail, etc. The former datum/a are translated, through drawings and models, into the latter in an attempt to arrange the film into equally accurate scenes that are far more relevant to the narratives within the film. Scenes contort around other scenes based on a common datum: the geometry of an arm posture, head movement, etc. An alternative film emerges, outside of cartesian coordinates, and new scenes present themselves in the translations. This project could be seen as an elaborate exercise – not particularly polemic.