In the chamber of wonders
As the war gets closer, Giona and Rebecca, following Rachel’s hints, discover Zendak’s wunderkammer. Giona is more and more captivated by the ghostly girl’s words, and he starts taking care of the chamber of wonders, restoring it and enriching it with new items. Lazzaro tries to warn his friend that wunderkammers often gain the upper hand over their creators, consuming them. But Giona doesn’t care about his words, and is slowly dragged into Rachel’s obscure plan.
Rebecca can’t figure out what is happening to her loved one and can only worry and watch him change day after day. With time Giona would only show interest in the collection, getting more and more distant from her. And while the village celebrates the Day of the Dead, Rebecca gets stuck in an awful ‘daynightmare’ made of obscure scientific processes, occult rituals and ominous presences hiding in the old house on the cliff.
The third volume of the series “The inexact sciences” is all about the wunderkammer, a phenomenon that has its roots deep in history and often – as in Giona’s case – results in obsession and compulsive collection. The wunderkammer becomes a true character of the story, one with a dual nature – a kind and an obscure soul – ready to cannibalize its own curator. Among stuffed animals, mummified heads, assorted skeletons and precious period documents, in these illustrations Stefano Bessoni gives the best of his eccentric and uniquely macabre style.
As we keep travelling through the Small Town of Inexact Sciences, we discover a hidden aspect of scientific investigation, its more obscure nature that often looks for shortcuts and solutions belonging to the world of occult sciences.
“The inexact sciences” series | A story composed by four volumes.
In time of war, in a town in the middle of nowhere, on the Ocean coast, once lived Giona and Rebecca. He was an illustrator and she was a restorer of old toys. One day they inherited an old crumbled house, where, many years ago, lived an anatomist devoted to strange medical practices verging on occult sciences. While they were working to refurbish their house, Giona bumped into a little ghost: Rachel, the anatomist’s daughter, who had died in tragic circumstances. The funereal child persuaded Giona to create his own wunderkammer and undertake a weird experiment. Rebecca tried to dissuade him from this dangerous plan, but this was the beginning of her “daynightmare”…
Stefano Bessoni started to conceive the “Inexact sciences” story when he was still attending the fine arts academy, and after dropping his troubled scientific studies. During that time, he had discovered Peter Greenaway’s cinema, nourished a fascination for the wunderkammer, and constantly listened to Nick Cave’s grim ballads. These influences merged with many other sources of inspiration (Jan Švankmajer, the Quay Brothers, Joel Peter Witkin…), outlining the plot of a macabre fairy tale that would accompany the author, until becoming an open page for his poetic expression. After a 30-year gestation period, this story narrated in the unique style of Stefano Bessoni is published with #logosedizioni.
The author and illustrator:
Stefano Bessoni is a director, illustrator, and stop-motion animator. He was born in 1965 in Rome, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1989 he has been making many experimental films, video and theatre installations, and documentary films. In the 1990s he worked for many TV production companies as camera operator, cinematographer, and film editor. He taught film directing at the NUCT (Roma Film Academy) in Cinecittà and at the Griffith Academy in Rome. He also teaches many workshops on illustration and stop-motion animation at schools and festivals in Italy and abroad.
He has won various awards with his most recent films, Canti della forca, which was recognized by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities as a “film of national cultural interest”, and Krokodyle, Best Fantasy Film at the 6th CINEFANTASY in San Paolo, Brazil, Best International Film at the PUERTO RICO HORROR FILM FEST 2011, Special Mention at SITGES 2011 - 44° Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya, and a Special Mention also at FANTASPOA 2011.
His books for #logosedizioni are: Alice Under Ground (also available in Italian and Spanish), Gallows Songs (also available in Italian), Homunculus, Mr Punch, Pinocchio, Stop-motion. La fabbrica delle meraviglie, Stop Motion Workshop. First Level (Also available in Italian), Stop Motion Workshop. Second Level (Also available in Italian) Wunderkammer, Oz, Rachel, Rebecca, Giona and Theo.
#GIONA #LESCIENZEINESATTE #ILLUSTRATI #logosedizioni
|Dimensions||cm 14,8 x 21,0|
|Cult||Wonderland - Rai4||19-10-2018|
|Morto che balla||Robinson (La Repubblica)||28-10-2018|
|Figure e parole: Stefano Bessoni||Espoarte||www||17-12-2018|
|Compiti per le vacanze di Natale 2018||InGenere Cinema||www||29-12-2018|