A Demonstration

24' / HD video / 2020

“A Demonstration” is a monster film with no monsters. Inspired by the existence of taxonomies of monsters at the heart of early modern European science, the film explores and reinterprets a way of seeing the natural world that is almost impossible to imagine from today’s vantage point. Early Modern naturalists were guided by a logic in which truths were discovered through visual analogy. The word ‘monster’ comes from the latin ‘monstrare’, meaning to show, to reveal, to demonstrate. “A Demonstration” picks up on these themes in a poetic exploration of the boundaries of sight and the metamorphosis of form.

Story / camera / edit / sound: Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Original score: Beny Wagner

Sound mix: Rob Driessen

Color grade: Guillaume Soren

Producers: Video Power and CaSk films

Press kit


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Director Beny Wagner and Sasha Litvintseva on "A Demonstration" and the short form

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Best Visual Concept Award, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival

Nominated for the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis (German Short Film Prize)



2021 La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival

2021 XXIV Rencontres Internationales Traverse, Toulouse

2021 56th International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Olomouc, Czech Republic

2021 Prismatic Ground Film Festival, New York


2021 Hybrid - Cutting Edge Canada, Hellerau/Mutek

2021 Solo Exhibition, CIAP, Genk, Belgium

2021 Environmental Film Festival Australia, Melbourne

2021 London Short Film Festival

2020/1 Work In Progress, Queer Art Projects, London 

2020 2020: A Year in Review, aemi, Ireland

2020 New Nature Shorts, Goethe-Institut Montreal and Museum of Moving Image New York

2020 New Nature Vitrines, Goethe-Institut Montreal and Feldfünf Berlin

2020 Kassel Dokfest, Germany

2020 Chicago Underground Film Festival

2020 Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Romania

2020 Imagine Science XIII Edition, New York

2020 Curtocircuito International Film Festival, Spain

2020 Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico

2020 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada

2020 New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

2020 Film Festival della Lessinia, Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy

2020 Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Garage Museum, Russia

2020 Still Voices Film Festival, Ballymahon, Ireland

2020 Intro, The Maze and The Lighthouse, Baltic Triennial 14, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania

2020 Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania

2020 Berlinale Shorts Official Competition, 70th Berlinale International Film Festival, Germany


Monster as Medium: Experiments in Perception in Early Modern Science and Film, E-flux Journal