"About Cinemascope" is destined to all those brought up with the cropped television version of cinemascopic films*. It is an attempt to complement their memory through the display of the suppressed parts. The work complements the T.V. version of David Leans Lawrence of Arabia.
Lawrence of Arabia (the parts suppressed in the T.V. version), 2004/2011, C-print on Aluminium, Dimensions variable
*At the peak of the war between cinema and television, cinema came up with a secret weapon: cinemascope, an extremely physical panoramic format destined to determine visual leadership once and for good. Soon after television fought back: in a mixture of cold-blooded pragmatism and downright sadism television mutilated the format of cinemascope with a technique known as “pan and scan”. Refusing to surrender to cinemascope´s 2.35 : 1 image aspect ratio by allowing huge black stripes on top and bottom of the television screen, the outer parts of the image were just chopped off in order to fill the screen in a 4 : 3 aspect ratio. the field of interest was allowed to move, should important action call for it, effectively introducing camera pans into once static shots. The visual flow of movies change sometimes drastically and almost every consciously framed shot is crippled down. The television version is a “close up” version of the original panoramic approach, quite effectively reducing background, middle and foreground to middle and foreground only. The balance between actors and setting shifts towards the actors, spatial dimensions get lost.