Kurzfilmtournee 2021

A Demonstration

Germany 2020 • experimental film • German • 24 min.
Nomination in the experimental category of up to 30 minutes
Director, Screenplay: Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner
Cinematography: Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner
Sound: Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner
Editing: Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner
Production: Daan Milius, Hans van Hezik (Video Power) with Guillaume Cailleau (CaSk Films)

A monster film without monsters: Early modern science devised the taxonomies of monsters and monstrosities that inspired this film, revealing a view of nature that is almost inconceivable today. Researchers were guided by a logic according to which scientific truths were arrived at on the basis of visual analogies. The word monster itself comes from the Latin monstrare, which means to show, reveal, demonstrate. A DEMONSTRATION takes up this matter in a poetic exploration of the limits of vision and the metamorphosis of form.


Jury Statement
With A DEMONSTRATION, the two filmmakers Beny Wagner and Sasha Litvintseva have achieved something extremely fascinating: They take us right into the heart of the principles of early Western European natural sciences, into Renaissance humanism, in which fundamental knowledge was based primarily on visual analogies. Through multi-layered and audiovisually beguiling compositions, a poetic and multidimensional reflection emerges that does not explain its references and contents, but makes them almost physically tangible. Contextualisation of forms, visualised metamorphoses, playful pictorial analogies and associative montages: by means of a masterly abundance of cinematic means, a view of the world opens up in the film that would be almost impossible to convey in words.

Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner

Sasha Litvintseva
Geboren 1989 in Murmansk, Russland. Die Arbeiten der Künstlerin, Filmemacherin und Wissenschaftlerin wurden weltweit auf zahlreichen Festivals und in Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen präsentiert. Mit ASBESTOS war sie 2017 im Forum zu Gast. Sie promovierte im Bereich Medien, Kommunikation und Kulturwissenschaften am Goldsmiths, University of London und unterrichtet Filmtheorie und -praxis an der Queen Mary University of London.

Filmografie
2019 BILATERIA
2017 SALARIUM
2016 THE STABILITY OF THE SYSTEM
2016 ASBESTOS
2015 EXILE EXOTIC


Beny Wagner
Geboren 1985 in Berlin. Die Arbeiten des Künstlers, Filmemachers und Autors waren bereits auf zahlreichen internationalen Festivals, Ausstellungen und Konferenzen zu sehen, unter anderem auf dem International Film Festival Rotterdam, im Eye Filmmuseum, dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt und auf der Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Derzeit ist er Doktorand im Forschungsbereich Archaeologies of Media and Technology der Winchester School of Art, Southampton University. Er lehrt an der Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

Filmografie
2019 BILATERIA
2017 OUTSIDE
2016 EYE FARM
2016 WE’RE ALL HERE
2016 OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A GIRL’S APARTMENT
2013 INVISIBLE MEASURE