Of art
and technology
9—19 May '24
Braga, Portugal

My Want of You Partakes of Me 

Sasha Litvintseva + Beny Wagner

Galeria do Paço

Free admission

There is no obvious connection between the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri and a Chinese molecular biology lab. Nor between the contemporary science fiction author Octavia Butler and the late 19th century French physiologist Claude Bernard. Using five stories taken from across a long historical period, artists Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner weave a fragmented narrative exploring how forms of identity and self recognition emerge from different historical models of the body.

My Want of You Partakes of Me is an immersive experimental moving image work exploring how the boundaries of the body are perpetually reconfigured through different modes of knowing the world. Multiple storylines trace the poetics of incorporation as a matter of metamorphosis and decay, the philosophy of matter and imperial conquest, industrialisation and annihilation, poetry, parenting and love.

This work was developed in 2022 as part of a European Media Art Platform (EMAP) residency at IMPAKT, Utrecht (Netherlands).

Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner
Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner are artists, filmmakers and writers. They have been collaborating since 2018. Focusing on the moving image as a creative tool, their practice has been driven by questions about the thresholds between the body and its surroundings, knowledge regimes and power, modes of organising and perceiving the natural world.

Litvintseva and Wagner’s work has been presented around the world, including at the Berlinale (Berlin, Germany), Tate Modern, (London, UK), Los Angeles Filmforum (USA), Museum of the Moving Image NY (USA), and has been featured on the Criterion Channel. Their films have won awards at IndieLisboa (Portugal), Guanajuato Film Festival (Mexico) and other festivals. They are the authors of the book All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film (2021) published by Sonic Acts Press.

My Want of You Partakes of Me