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Détour

Contributed by Marcello Jacopo Biffi on Mar 4th, 2021. Artwork published in
October 2020
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    Détour 1
    Photo: Marcello Jacopo Biffi. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Détour is a 16 mm film directed by Nicola Pietromarchi and Filippo Castellano produced by Olympìque. It takes Marcello Jacopo Biffi’s Alphabets 1–8 as a starting point to lead the viewer on a journey through landscapes of letters. It’s a dreamy experience: the alphabets are blown out of proportion, each letter transforms into an abstract surface losing its conventional meaning. The eye follows the hands, which run through a maze of mysterious graphic signs: shapes blend one into the other, engendering a yin-yang like dualism. The paper sheets interact with each other generating three-dimensional architectural sculptures. The score, entirely made of pre-verbal sounds by Mara Miccichè, assists the deconstruction of the alphabet building a new elemental language. The film titles are set in Imago Bold, printed on paper and then filmed (the lowercase u has been replaced with its small caps version throughout).

    Credits
    Directors: Nicola Pietromarchi & Filippo Castellano
    Production: Olympìque
    Director of photography: Gianluca Oliva
    Sound design: Mara Miccichè
    Set design: Stella Porta
    Hands model: Lucrezia Cuccagna
    Gaffer: Paolo Pastaccini
    Assistant camera: Michele Porcari
    Editing: Filippo Castellano
    Colorist: Leonardo Masoero
    Title design: Marcello Jacopo Biffi
    Location: Marsèll Paradise
    Print: Tipografia Valdostana

    Détour is part of the exhibition A is A is A at Marsèll Paradise, a project by Marcello Jacopo Biffi. See also the posts about the exhibition design and the exhibition catalog and booklet.

    Détour 2
    Photo: Marcello Jacopo Biffi. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Détour 3
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    Détour 4
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    Détour 5
    Photo: Marcello Jacopo Biffi. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Détour 6
    Photo: Marcello Jacopo Biffi. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Typefaces

    • Alphabet 1
    • Alphabet 2
    • Alphabet 3
    • Alphabet 4
    • Alphabet 5
    • Alphabet 6
    • Alphabet 7
    • Alphabet 8
    • Imago

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