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The University of Southampton
Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

New book: All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film

Published: 30 June 2021
All Thoughts Fly

AMT affiliated PhD student Beny Wagner has co-authored a new book with his artistic collaborator Sasha Litvintseva.

All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film extends a multimedia project the authors began with their film A Demonstration (2020). A narrative assemblage of prose and image, the book is at once personal, historical and theoretical, and 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. Their film’s underlying modular formal structure is reconfigured and brought into new relations specific to the book as a medium. Wagner’s practice-led PhD project focuses on questions of cinema, metabolism, and artistic moving image practices.

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