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Following Maia’s line work, this new film is built from manipulated 35mm analogue film material, in this particular case with high resolution scans of old nitrate celluloid film from an unknown Berlin fire dating the 1940s.This piece is a study on disappearance and disintegration. These archives show a scene of a fire shot on highly flammable nitrate celluloid film. It was common for film to accidentally burn while projecting but paradoxically these archives have survived the fire they filmed and it is not the flames that have damaged the material, but the passage of time.

About the director

Born in Vila do Conde (Portugal). Based in Berlin. Pedro Maia is a Portuguese filmmaker working predominantly with 16mm and 8mm film, pushing the boundaries and aesthetic of analog cinema by manipulating the raw materials and challenging the traditional process, continually expanding the visual and technological heritage of classic film methods. His work has been presented and exhibited at renowned film festivals, Institutions and galleries, including The Barbican Center, Serralves Museum, Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum, Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, MACBA Barcelona, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mostra São Paulo, Curtas Vila do Conde, Indie Lisboa, amongst others. Maia has contributed to projects to Patti Smith, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lucrecia Dalt and has presented solo performances as well collaborations with musicians such such as Vessel, Shackleton, Visionist, Shapednoise, Jacaszek, Shxcxchcxsh, Tropic of Cancer, Craig Leon, Lee Ranaldo, Fennesz, Porto Remix Ensemble, Nisennenmondai, with presentations of these in leading festivals like Sonar, Unsound, Berlin Atonal, All Tomorrow’s Party, Mutek, Dekmantel, TaicoClub Japan, Red Bull Music Academy, as well in renowned institutions like CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Eye Film Museum, Contemporary Cultural Center of Valencia, CaixaForum Barcelona, among others.


Pedro Maia


Germany, Portugal