QUEEN OF THE GOLDEN DOGS
2018 · Music Video + Live A/V · 16mm transfered to digital

Pedro Maia’s video for Vessel’s “Paplu (Love That Moves the Sun)” draws inspiration from two works of art: On the one hand, the painting “Les Feuilles Mortes” by Remedios Varo serves as a visual starting point, while Clarice Lispector’s book“The Passion According to G.H”, written as a monologous introspection by a woman experiencing an existential crisis after crushing a cockroach, provides broader conceptual clues. “Paplu” follows an abstract, archetypical woman who is exploring the concept of constant transformation, both in herself and in the reality around her that occurs as a result of the internal process. The transformations represent multiple alter egos that all look differently at the same reality and the conflict between rational thought and human emotions. In her world, there are no rules, so whatever she imagines actually comes into existence. Landscapes, emotions, actions, and sensations are all fluid and change without warning and without necessarily making sense. Through this oblique and abstract narrative, Maia’s work explores the space between joy and pain. The video translates Vessel’s compositions “Paplu (Love That Moves the Sun)” and “Queen of Golden Dogs” into a visually idiosyncratic world, exploring ideas of excess, with echoes of something that is at the same time messy, glorious, thrilling, terrifying, and bigger than us, built up to a point where it becomes almost too much to bear. Maia wanted to create a space that looks at the Queen (symbolising Vessel, or part of him) and her world from new perspectives, being human, animal, or matter.

Shot over the course of four days between the north and south of Portugal on Kodak Super 16mm film, this work intends to be a bright and colourful music video in the form of an experimental short film. Just as in Maia’s previous work, analogue film and film manipulation take an important part in the creative process, feeding both aesthetic expression and the narrative. In this digital era, in which images are constantly and abusively being fed to us, “Paplu” pushes the viewer to a point of exhaustion through an overload of imagery and fast-paced editing. Maia’s specific interest in the material and physical elements of the analogue medium, which usually lie hidden within the image, highlight beauty in qualities that might otherwise be considered errors or flaws.

“Paplu” is the first part of the visual presentation of Vessel’s new LP “Queen of Golden Dogs”, which with added footage will conclude in a live A/V show jointly performed by Maia and Vessel.

Director Pedro Maia Music Vessel “Paplu (Love That Moves The Sun)” taken from the album Queen Of Golden Dogs Cinematographer Jorge Quintela Performer Olivia McGregor Bodybuilder Cristiana Rodrigues Producer Raquel da Silva Outfit/ Stylist AGF HYDRA Camera Assistant Pedro Bastos Box Construction Pedro Dourado, Ricardo Ramos Sculptures José Rodrigues Editor/Film Manipulation Pedro Maia Film Lab Andec Berlin Film Scan Korn Manufaktur Berlin Film Stock Kodak Vision 3

Thanks to Bando à Parte, Curtas Vila do Conde, Rodrigo Delgado – Videocine, CAAA Guimarães, Teatro Ribeiro Conceição Lamego, Fundação José Rodrigues, Pedreira Monte d ́el Rey, Rota do Mármore do Anticlinal de Estremoz, Dreamgym Póvoa de Varzim, Higher Studio London. And Rodrigo Areias, Cristiana Pereira (Kodak), Reiner Meyer, Patrick Mendes, André Gil Mata, Sousa Pereira, Isabel Maia, Sandra Rodrigues, Francelino Gomes, Miguel Perdigão, Ondina Araújo, Bruno Maia, José Branco, Sérgio Fonseca, Joana Silva, Afonso Lima and Patrick Hanrahan

c2cLive at Club To Club 2018 / Photo: Andrea Macchia

 



PUNISH, HONEY
 2014/2017 · Super 8 transfered to HD · Music Video + live A/V

DROWNED IN WATER LIGHT (Official Video)

“Drowned in Water and Light” directed by Pedro Maia draws inspiration from “Punish Honey”’s universe and attempts to accentuate the feeling of distress and asphyxia of the music. Fully shot in Black & White Super 8 film with further optical and chemical manipulations of the film material, this work delves into the feeling of suffocation as well as self-deprecation. An extended version, with additional footage made by visual artist Harry Wright, is being presented on selected shows as a live A/V set.

“Drowned in Water and Light” by Vessel
take from Punish, Honey (Tri Angle, 2014)

Directed by Pedro Maia
Assisted by Rita Lino
With Lara Wehrs, Clarisse Destailleur
Film process by Andec Filmtechnik Berlin
Film scan by Korn Manufaktur Berlin
Thanks to Patrick Hanrahan & Unsound Festival

Premiere at Pitchfork – 03.02.2015

 


PUNISH, HONEY – Live A/V

Live excerpt of the live A/V set premiere at Unsound Festival – 16.10.2014

Vessel live visual work is done in collaboration with the filmmaker Pedro Maia, with an additional footage by the visual artist Harry Wright, and is inspired by the music and the visual universe of Vessel’s last album “Punish Honey” and is being presented on selected shows.

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GNRation Braga PT – 14.01.2017
Zé dos Bois Lisbon PT – 13.01.2017
Sonica Festival Ljubljana SL – 30.09.2016
Ars Electronica Linz Austria – 09.09.2016
Veranos de la Villa Madrid – 12.08.2016
Real Deal Festival Vienna – 16.06.2016
Mira Festival Berlin – 11.06.2016
Unsound Adelaide Australia – 27.02.2016
Revolver upstairs Melbourne – 26.02.2016
PAF Festival Olomouc – 05.12.2015
Unit Tokyo – 28.11.2015
Semibreve Festival Braga – 31.10.2015
Red Bull Music Academy 2015 Paris – 28.10.2015
Lunchmeat Festival Prague – 23.10.2015
Festival Marsatac Marseille – 25.09.2015
Elektricity Festival Reims – 24.09.2015
Rich Mix London – 02.07.2015
Sonar Festival Barcelona – 19.06.2015
Tri Angle 5 years New York – 15.05.2015
Doornroosje Nijmegan – 09.05.2015
Sonar Festival Copenhagen – 13.03.2015
Sonic Acts Festival Amsterdam – 26.02.2015
Caixa Forum Barcelona – 30.01.2015
Unsound Festival Krakow – 16.10.2014