Detail from original film
A Lick and a Promise, 8'
A 16 mm film by Marisol Malatesta and Tom Richards
Macao (New Centre of the arts, culture and research), a squad based in an old slaughterhouse from early XX’s building in Milan, became the frame for the recording of the film A Lick and a Promise. Macao’s decadent, almost ghostly atmosphere also contains a great deal of grandiose monumental architecture and design, which set an ideal structure for the film. Thus, the space became a place for constant play.
The idea of the film is conceived in a discussion around the structures and nonsensical relations involved in Malatesta’s art works. Through simple forms derived from modernist abstraction and design, the artist builds figurative images that construct playful but also enigmatic characters.
In the film the ‘paintings’ become the characters.
Simple actions in the film are all shot to a tempo (click track) which then coordinates with a rhythmic and repetitive soundtrack by Richards, encompassing both Foley and score intermingled. Richards has a long held interest in the ritual music of shamanic trance, and the obvious parallels with 20th century minimal music as well as dance music and rave culture. These influences are reflected in his musical output of the film, which creates a dark ritualistic atmosphere with a hint of humor.
Although both artists work in two different media, the collaboration between the two arises from a joined interest in the baroque, the modernist traditions such as the Bauhaus, minimalism and electronic music.