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Past, Pass, Passing

"Past, Pass, Passing" is a sound-guided visual work created from and merging audio-visual elements from an archive of a rural Northern mountain area ( ). The project explores the relationship of landscape, soundscape, and human industry in the area, and uses artistic and expressive forms to interact with the archival material, weaving together time and geography.

Il dépend de celui qui passe
Que je sois tombe ou trésor
Que je parle ou me taise
Ceci ne tient qu'a toi.
Ami, n'entre pas sans désir.

It depends on those who pass
Whether I am a tomb or treasure
Whether I speak or am silent
The choice is yours alone.
Friend, do not enter without desire.

-Paul Valéry, written on as wall in the Palais de Chaillot, Paris

  • Maile Costa Colbert
  • Binaural/Nodar
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    20 minutes
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    January 1, 2016
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  • Viseu Rural 2.0
    January 1, 2016
Director Biography - Maile Costa Colbert

Maile Colbert is an intermedia artist, researcher, and educator with a focus on time-based media. She is currently a PhD Research Fellow in Artistic Studies with a concentration on Sound Studies, cinematic sound design, and its relationship with soundscape ecology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, through the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, and a visiting lecturer at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto. Her current practice and research project is titled, Wayback Sound Machine: Sound through time, space, and place (, and asks what we might gather from sounding the past. She is a collaborator with the art organization Binaural (, a member of CineLab, IFILNOVA's research lab for cinema and philosophy (, and is an editor and author at Sonic Field ( She has exhibited, screened, and performed globally.

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