This experiment is part of a series titled Cinematic Experiments created by Margie Medlin with dance makers, Vicki Van Hout and Patrick Lucky Lartey, cinematographer Jane Castle, lighting designer, and media artist Fausto Brusamolino. The research took place as part of short residencies at FORM Dance Projects and the Creative Practice Research Unit at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, in January 2018. Funded by the Emerging and Experimental fund of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Les Levine, a sculptor and pioneering video artist in the 1960s and 1970s wrote that the small size of the television screen led to the development of the zoom lens: ‘because given the size of rectangle’ (Levine 1978:81) of a television compared to the cinema screen the potential of the screen space was much less. Hence the smaller screen space required the camera to zoom in closer to the subject. The zoom lens offered the viewer both detail and a sense of intimacy or proximity.
Levine, L. (1978) 'One-Gun Video Art'. in New Artists Video A Critical Anthology. ed. by Battcock, G. New York: Dutton, 76-94