Often considered a marginalized practice or a farcical adventure, cryptozoology is the quest for unknown, rumored, or hidden animals. Its most notorious pursuits include the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and the Abominable Snowman, though it has also revealed animals that are now part of the classified natural world.

Under the umbrella of cryptozoology (CZ) this project, including a symposium, exhibition, book, and film series explores a pursuit in which the disciplines of science and art share a mutual focal point: a desperately desired visual encounter. By virtue of its collective scientific aims, CZ is forced to engage in subjective longing and constructions as a primary tool toward discovery, comprehension, and legitimization. It is this subjectivity, this means to an end, that is often at odds with the scientific community. As a practice, CZ is based on the search for visual and material evidence, every piece of proof and every proposition is questioned and placed under extreme scrutiny. Nearly all accumulated data is saved, regardless of authenticity, so that when the puzzle is solved the data can be objectively classified or cast aside as meaningless.