Mark Lewis, Nathan Phillips Square, A Winter’s Night, Skating, 2009

This piece of contemporary art is a short film in which Lewis explored rear projection, a technique in which actors stand in front of a screen onto which background footage originally shot outside is projected. The film looks as if it was shot in an outdoor ice rink, however it was actually filmed inside a theater. Hitchcock’s Saboteur (1942) seems to have influenced this piece of artwork. In this film, as in Lewis’s work, rear projection was used. In Saboteur, it was used in the scene in which Pat Lane and Barry Kane are dancing in the ball room. In both of the film and the short film, this technique wasn’t necessary; however, it was used purely for aesthetic purposes. It is beneficial because it’s used to isolate the two main characters from the rest of the crowd, putting an emphasis on their relationship.

 

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