the fine art of 'pataphysics in daily life. condensed poetic voodles.
A video blog by sam renseiw
Friday, April 28, 2006
On Encoding and Decoding
If you go into a bookshop and ask them where to find a book on semiotics you are likely to meet with a blank look. Even worse, you might be asked to define what semiotics is - which would be a bit tricky if you were looking for a beginner's guide. It's worse still if you do know a bit about semiotics, because it can be hard to offer a simple definition which is of much use in the bookshop. If you've ever been in such a situation, you'll probably agree that it's wise not to ask. Semiotics could be anywhere. The shortest definition is that it is the study of signs.
Another short Sam Renseiw video interpretation, muddling the boundaries of referred context for addresser to addressee. View it by clicking here, or decode the message by entering in the sign above (patafilm 152, 00'45'', 3.3 MB, mov/quicktime- flash version here)
'Pataphysics, an absurdist concept coined by the French writer Alfred Jarry, is a philosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. Defined as: "The science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments", Spacetwo:Patalab will exist in this spirit and function as a small, unassuming, experimental visual laboratory. Laced with quotes and useful links, Palatab02 is a forum for subdued, yet powerful and complex, indirectly moving imagery. Enjoy! All posting are videos. Click on the image or the appropriate link in the text to enter. For a view of all videos, see the archive link. Quicktime free download is needed to view this site!