Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Yet another arrival of a train to a station

"The cinema is an invention without a future" declared Louis Lumiere, who saw no future in the medium. He expected the novelty of watching images on a screen to wear off, when people could just as easily walk outside and open their eyes. He saw film as a technological curiosity and a trend that would not pass the test of time. For those first audiences, the very transcription of the most banal reality – the Lumiere bothers filming The Arrival of a train at La Ciotat Station – was a fantastic experience.

Sam Renseiw stayed inside the tram, filming the descent to the arrival at the station, on the way down from the Peak. A somehow banal, yet riveting short visual odyssey, capturing the inner whirls of a fixed gaze on some transient outline, synthesized. View it by clicking here, or touch the picturesque above (patafilm 165, 02'13'', 9.8 MB, mov/quicktime - Flash version here)


Anonymous kristian nilsson said...

The video post had a different text on and I began to edit a response to the discussion in the text about the role of a video.

Now, the "response" seems a bit off-topic if it responds to the current text!

Will you re-publish the "original" text on your vlog?

Maybe I'm only getting confused in the revolving world of texts and videos and have lost your text somewhere – if it was your text from the beginning or if it was only some kind of coinsidence.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:33:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

Hello Kristian,
Here is the original text, first posted at, as appendix to the uploaded video:

"Every video, it is said, should inculcate a media message and by this moral is the media merit of the work to be adjudged. We have taken it into our heads that to film a video simply for the video's sake, and to acknowledge such to have been our design, would be to confess ourselves radically wanting in the true poetic dignity and force:--but the simple fact is that would we but permit ourselves to look into our own souls we should immediately there discover that under the sun there neither exists nor can exist any work more thoroughly dignified, more supremely noble, than this very video, this video per se, this video which is a video and nothing more, this video written solely for the video's sake"

The text is an an altered quote from Edgar Allan Poe's essay from 1850 "The Poetic Principle"; link >
Intended, at first to start a fruitful discussion about vlogging... But I then decided to leave the videos speak for themselves... together with the "absurd" linkings...

The original text was only posted for a short time. Funny that is has been noticed at all. Thanks for the reply. Would appreciate eventual comments.
best regards

Thursday, May 11, 2006 9:50:00 am  
Anonymous Kristian said...


The "response" is published at
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Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:54:00 pm  

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