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Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Adrift Residency in collaboration with Los Angeles Filmforum is hosting Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner. Working collaboratively since 2017, they made films, texts and lectures that focus on the 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 organizing and perceiving the natural world. Below you may find process materials behind A Demonstration.

Film Screening streamed on LA Filmforum’s website
October 15 – 19, 2021

Bilateria | 2019, 13 min
By Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Outside | 2019, 14 min
By Beny Wagner

Every Rupture | 2020, 13 min
By Sasha Litvintseva

A Demonstration | 2020, 25 min
By Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Artist Talk
October 17 at 1pm PDT – Online
The artists will discuss the process behind A Demonstration

in residency
October 15 – 25
Artist talk
October 17 — 1pm PDT
In the two months leading up to the filming trip we were busy working on a live audio visual set in collaboration with the musician Claude Speeed for the main stage of Berlin Atonal Festival. This was a really exciting way for us to work, without any of the requirements of meaning making. Our only task was to respond to the music and make a video that was as physically engaging and dynamic as possible. This opened up ways of experimenting that we would have never considered otherwise and which, because this was happening in the run up to our own film, had enormous influence on the decisions we made on how to film, edit, etc. In the process of this project we developed a physical synergy in the working process. Sometimes one of us had their hand on the mouse, while the other made commands on the keyboard in unison. Our nervous systems became fused with the audio visual material and with each other to produce a greater unified whole.
A Demonstration's storyboard
While A Demonstration is almost entirely filmed by us, we have an ongoing relationship to working with found footage and our own thoughts around images are always in conversation with things we find. These are videos that are in some way (often very obscurely) related to the expanded research process and associations we formed around the film.
James Williamson: The Big Swallow (1901)
Segundo de Chomón - Métamorphoses (1912)
Associative Agnosia
Robotic Surgery - Peeling a Grape
Visible Human Overview
Quinn's Live Hypnobirth
Blooming Flowers Time Lapse for Relaxation
Angelo Badalamenti explains how he wrote Laura Palmer's Theme
Lady Gaga Thanks All Her Little Monsters on Facebook
3D Medieval Bologna
Book – All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film – Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner