In 1988, the Spanish Television (TVE) programme Metrópolis proposed making a documentary about Muntadas and his work. In response, the artist offered to produce a film about TVE. Over a two-year period, he explored the television archives, where he found extensive footage about Spain’s recent history. The result was TVE: primer intento (TVE: First Attempt), consisting of TV footage of the past that had since physically deteriorated. On seeing the content, Metrópolis wanted nothing more to do with the commission and the programme was never aired. This was the origin of The File Room, a project about cultural censorship.