ReCNTR presents: Talk by Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner
EMAP resident artists at IMPAKT
Location: Schouwburgstraat Building, Leiden University, The Hague
EMAP resident artists at IMPAKT Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner, whose award-winning works have been presented at art events and festivals like Berlinale, CPH:DOX and transmediale, address the history of science and human attempts to understand the world in their thought-provoking and visually dynamic essay films. To what extent do we shape the world through image-making? Or is it that the world exerts its influence on the way we see? Their eclectic use of audiovisual tools –from 360-degree cameras to photogrammetry– offer further thoughts and insights into these questions, a method of thinking-through-making that ReCNTR supports and explores.
In this presentation Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner will discuss their current work in progress My Want of You Partakes of Me, which explores the complexity of incorporation as a physical, perceptual and psychological foundation of being. Drawing on western scientific frameworks, science fiction, colonial histories, poetry and myth, the film weaves together a constantly shapeshifting and open-ended tapestry of attempts to understand how organisms broadly, and human animals more specifically, are both continuous with and separate from their surroundings. The film is set as a dream sequence had by Octavia Butler’s character Anyanwu, an ancient shapeshifting healer developed in her novel Wild Seed, who is able to become different animals by consuming their flesh. In the dream Anyanwu encounters the poet Dante Alighieri, a member of a British colonial expedition, the nineteenth century physiologist Claude Bernard and a researcher at a contemporary molecular biology lab. Moving through the dream, the story travels a nonlinear path exploring how forms of identity and self recognition emerge from different models of the boundaries of the body.
More info and register on the website of ReCNTR
ReCNTR has invited two respondents for this talk:
- Erik Viskil (Leiden University), professor of Research and Discourse in Artistic Practice and academic director of ACPA (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts) at Leiden University.
- Matthew Longo (Leiden University), senior assistant professor of Political Science at Leiden University.
When and where:
24 November 2022 | 18:00 – 20:00
Room A2.01 | Schouwburgstraat Building | Leiden University
Schouwburgstraat 2, 2511 VA The Hague
Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner― Artist
Sasha Litvintseva (United Kingdom/Russia) and Beny Wagner (Germany/United States) are artists, filmmakers, researchers and writers. They are the 2022 EMAP resident artists at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture]. They have been working collaboratively in moving image, installation, text and lectures since 2018. Focusing on moving image as a tool for the active production of new worlds, their practice has been driven by questions around the thresholds between the body and its surroundings, knowledge regimes and power, and modes of organizing and perceiving the natural world. Their collaborative work has been presented globally, including at the Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, Indie Lisboa, and Guanajuato film festivals, CAC Vilnius, Los Angeles Filmforum, Museum of the Moving Image, Transmediale, Sonic Acts, Berlin Atonal and IMPAKT, as well as at the Moscow Young Art biennale, the Wroclaw Media Art biennale and the Baltic Triennial, and on the Criterion Channel. Beny Wagner is a former researcher at Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht (2015-16) and current PhD candidate at the Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research Group at Winchester School of Art. He was a lecturer at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, from 2017 to 2021. Sasha Litvintseva is a lecturer in film at Queen Mary University of London. She holds a PhD in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.