All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film is a narrative assemblage of prose and image. At once personal, historical and theoretical, the book continues the authors’ inquiry into the curious presence of taxonomies of monsters at the heart of Early Modern European science. The word ‘monster’ comes from the Latin monstrare, meaning ‘to show’, ‘to demonstrate’, ‘to reveal’. Picking up on this etymology, the authors explore monsters as prisms for modes of seeing and deciphering the natural world. When treated as a perceptual apparatus, the monster also becomes a means of probing the medium of film and its relationship to indexicality, chance, corporeality, and metamorphosis. This book extends a multimedia project the authors began with their film A Demonstration (2020).
Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner are artists, filmmakers, researchers and writers. They have been working collaboratively in moving image, text, and lectures since 2017. Focusing on moving image as a tool for the active production of new worlds, their practice has been driven by questions about the thresholds between the body and its surroundings, knowledge regimes and power, modes of organising and perceiving the natural world. Their combined and individual work has been presented globally at Berlinale, IFFR, Courtisane, Cinema Du Reel, RIDM, Ann Arbor, Eye Film Museum, HKW Berlin, ICA London, CAC Vilnius, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Berlinische Galerie, MUMOK Vienna, Impakt Festival, Berlin Atonal, Wroclaw Media Art, Venice Art and Venice Architecture biennales, etc.
This book has been published with support of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It was coproduced in collaboration with CIAP – a platform for contemporary arts based at C-mine, Genk.