ELEMENTS / A motion picture by Davide Rapp, 32', 2016
ELEMENTS is a movie montage of 500 short architecture-related clips selected among more than 200 movies, from the last 100 years of the rich and glorious history of Cinema. The combination of the clips aims to show - through the eyes of several directors and cinematographers - the fifteen elements of architecture identified by Rem Koolhaas and OMA/AMO: balcony, ceiling, corridor, door, elevator, escalator, façade, floor, fireplace, ramp, roof, stair, toilet, wall and window. ELEMENTS is a motion picture about space, a film as a set of spaces. It incorporates scenes from different movie genres, merging the clips one into the other in a continuous flow of images, sounds and actions. A movie montage is an editing technique in which shots are juxtaposed in a fast-paced fashion that compresses time and conveys a lot of information in a relatively short period. The simple act of juxtaposing separate shots of corridors, stairs or façades evokes connections that cannot be found in a single shot. The various spaces of fiction exist simultaneously in a condition of continuos dynamic. ELEMENTS is a film without any plot, story or characters. Architecture in movies appears frequently as a background of the action and it can be represented in many ways: top views, one-point perspectives, frontal planes, long takes and close-ups. The framing highlights the proportions and the geometries of the elements, while the presence - or the absence - of sounds, noises and scores unveils their prerogatives and materialities. ELEMENTS asks the viewer to focus on the fifteen elements through the fast transitions between the clips, revealing contrasts and affinities, lines and shapes, recurring patterns and motives, movements and rhythms. In this framework each scene, cut out from the original movies, gets a new meaning and unveils the close and ambivalent connections between Cinema and Architecture. ELEMENTS is a video installation conceived specifically for the intro room of the exhibition "Elements of Architecture".
Produced by / D. Rapp, L. Gangarossa, G. A. Guerzoni in Association with Kobalt Entertainment
Production coordinator / E. Bramati
Film Editor / D. Rapp
Assistant Editor / G. Zangrandi
Second Assistant Editors / M. Barilani, G. Camelia
Clip Selectors / M. Barilani, M. Belloni, G. Camelia, C. Capobianco, M. Han, D. Rapp, G. Zangrandi, A. Zucchi.