Maas Observation

16mm black&white 11 minutes 1997
Greg Pope & Karel Doing
distribution Europe: Light Cone
distribution USA: New York Filmmakers Coop
Part of the collection of: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

In MAAS OBSERVATION Doing and Pope demonstrate their fascination in the bizarre landscape of the port of Rotterdam, a stretch of 'neo-nature' with little place for humans, where huge machines seem to move around according to a logic of their own. The film begins with images of windmills on the edge of the Maas plain in a montage sequence based on the steady rhythm of the rotating sails. The focus gradually shifts towards activities on the river further upstream. The montage tempo slows down as the mechanical motion gives way to the play of reflections in the water.

Screening history:

Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)
Tate Modern (London)
National Film Theatre (London)
Chercheurs d'ombres (Bordeaux)
Film + Arc Festival 1997 (Graz)
Muu Media Festival 1998 (Helsinki)
Bandits-Mages 1999 (Bourges)

AFEA (Avignon)
Experimental Film Week (Madrid)

Station Art Electroniques (Rennes)
Homeport 2001 (Rotterdam)
Jiffest (Jakarta)
5th Sleepwalkers Festival (Tallin)

Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief (Brussels)
Musée Malraux, (Le Havre)
Moderna Museet, (Stockholm)