“Stay in the costume and stay in the frame“: Maximilian's Darkroom turns the viewer into the protagonist of his or her self: what gets staged is the individual in the mass of the audience at the Berlin Film Festival. The head of the spectator closes the open back side of the black box, the area of his or her face being as big as the screen. Nothing fills the room except his or her own view. A magic lantern of a particular kind, which understands the early period of cinema as avant-garde. An open space of the aesthetic experience of borders. The connections from silent film to performance and to queer cinema are fluid. Since it is the bodies – those the spectators as well as those of the performers Antonija Livingstone and Antonia Baehr as Fritz and Iacob – that stage themselves, the stage and the cinema.