Inside The Maltese Falcon 2002
Video installation, Binary series
"In 1539, the Knight Templars of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain, by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels - - - but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day - - -« (from the opening title)
The famous film Maltese Falcon based on the story by Dashiell Hammett, directed by John Huston, with Humphrey Bogard, is re-edited in such a way that a binary coded message is inscribed into it. The 0’s are turned into black frames while 1’s are left as originally filmed frames. The film acquired a flickering feel typical for the old movies.
The hidden coded message is: "Chiapas - The Southeast in Two Winds", essay by Insurgent Sub commander Marcos of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, written in August of 1992.
Duration: 97 Min