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All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film is a narrative assemblage of prose and image. At once personal, historical and theoretical, the book 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. When treated as a perceptual apparatus, the monster also becomes a means of probing the medium of film and its relationship to indexicality, chance, corporeality, and metamorphosis.


This book extends a multimedia project the authors began with their film A Demonstration (2020). The film’s underlying modular formal structure is here reconfigured and brought into new relations specific to the book as a medium. 


108 pages

17 x 20 cm

Offset printed color and b&w

Edition of 600

Authors: Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Designer: Cristophe Clarijs

Publisher: Sonic Acts Press

In collaboration with CIAP Kunstverein

Available to order online in Europe:

Sonic Acts

Idea Books

and in the UK:

LUX Moving Image

And in stores:


San Serriffe




Book launch hosted by CIAP and moderated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk:

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