Beny Wagner, Sasha Litvintseva
A poetic exploration of how taxonomies of monsters in early European science organised our ideas of the natural world. The film picks up on these themes by tracing the boundaries of sight and the metamorphosis of form.
“The first in Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner’s series of collaborations, ‘Conjuring the Perceptible Unknown’, A Demonstration announces their examination on the similarities between scientific inquiry and the moving image. An essayistic work interested in the human interpretation of the natural world, the film delves into our inclination towards taxonomies and modes of understating. It seeks to engage with a historical perspective alien to modern viewers. Visually and aurally complex, this is a film brimming with ideas that makes for visceral, beguiling viewing.”
— Ben Nicholson