Thursday, June 08, 2006

Directions to the vision's department

"..The word leg has no pictorial resemblance to a leg. It refers to the spoken word leg. so we may forget that a written word is an image and that written words are images in sequence, that is to say moving pictures. So any hieroglyphic sequence gives us an immediate working definition for spoken words. Spoken words are verbal units that refer to this pictorial sequence..."

Compared to a novel such as "The Naked Lunch" ,"The Electronic Revolution", William S. Burroughs's virtual samizdat text published in 1970, pointed, for some musicians , the way to a new methodology. «It was almost a handbook of how to use tape recorders in a crowd,» For today's video-post, Sam Renseiw gazed at crowded escalator, musing about the Electronic Revolution, while directional instructions in French and English pass by. Experience the cut-up ride by clicking here or take a straight flight of stairs above. (patafilm #191, 01'05'', 4.8 MB, quicktime/mov - Flash version here) For PC user: download quicktime)


Blogger ps said...

Freak escalator accident
May 27, 2003 (
On 13 May, an escalator at City Hall MRT station suddenly reversed, flinging some 20 people on it backwards including a woman who was pregnant.

More escalator accidents at

which can lead to...

Necrology (1969/70) 16mm, b&w,
"In NECROLOGY, a 12-minute film, in one continuous shot he films the faces of a 5:00 PM crowd descending via the Pan Am building escalators….I was told later that the film was made with a stationary camera trained on a down escalator, and then the film was run backwards.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 9:15:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks philip,
well, as always, nothing can beat reality !
great to have a conversation on the multiple nature of stairs, as i just noticed the latest post on brut smog seems to be about sound stairs.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 2:11:00 pm  

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