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.