Elements - Pantalla Pavelló - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Elements – Pantalla Pavelló

A video installation by Davide Rapp (2014) in the frame of ArquinFad

Sponsored by Cl3ver and with the curatorship of Ojo Cónico

ELEMENTS is a movie montage of 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 for La Biennale di Venezia 2014 “Fundamentals”: balcony, ceiling, corridor, door, elevator, escalator, façade, floor, fireplace, ramp, roof, stair, toilet, wall and window.

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.


32”, 2014

Director: Davide Rapp
Film Editor: Davide Rapp
Assistant Editor: Giorgio Zangrandi
Second Assistant Editors: Mattia Barillani, Graziano Camelia
Clip Selectors: Mattia Barilani, Marco Belloni, Graziano Camelia, Carlotta Capobianco, MinKyung Han, Davide Rapp, Giorgio Zangrandi, Andrea Zucchi.
Production coordinator: Elisa Bramati
Produced by: Davide Rapp, Lorenzo Gangarossa and Guido Antonio Guerzoni, in association with Kobalt Entertainment.


DAVIDE RAPP, Verbania, Italy, 1980. Architect, Illustrator, Videomaker and Video Artist. He obtained his Master Degree in Architecture (2005) and his Ph.D in Interior Design (2015) at Politecnico di Milano. He participated in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Fundamentals (Biennale Venezia, 2014) with ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips, conceived specifically for the introduction room of the exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’, curated by Rem Koolhaas , the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design . He has been published in Italian and international architecture magazines such as Abitare, Domus, Icon Design, San Rocco and Architectural Review. He has lectured in several Universities in Italy (Politecnico di Milano, Domus Academy – Milano, NABA – Milano, Università degli Studi di Genova, IED – Cagliari), Germany (Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule – Halle) and United Kingdom (Mansfield College – Oxford).



June 13 2016 at 21:30h

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