WATCH: VARIATIONS ON A SCENE - Davide Rapp
Davide Rapp (1980) is a videoartist and architect.
Here, he studies a scene from Kill, Baby, Kill (or Operazione paura, in its native Itaian) - a 1966 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava and starring Giacomo Rossi-Stuart and Erika Blanc. Saturated in gothic dreaminess, the film sees a bright doctor investigating the death of a woman in a small Carpathian village. Towards the end of the film, a surrealist sequence wreaks havoc with spatial and temporal recognition. The lead actor chases a man through an endless series of octagonal rooms lined with red curtains.
Mario Bava combines colours, composition and smart visual tricks in order to create a warped sense of time and space. The repetition of the same room is both mesmerizing and disorienting and suggests countless imaginary architectures to be experimented.
The video essay was made for NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (2018).