Tuesday, October 31, 2006

On body cleansing

Body cleansing proponents claim numerous health benefits, including the cure of various common ailments such as acne, allergies, colitis and Crohn's disease. Various modalities of body cleansing can be used, employing physical treatments, dietary restrictions or dietary supplements. Some modalities also use more external harsh water treatments to further speed up the process of cleansing.

What a treat to see Le Play freshened up, exults Sam Renseiw in the Jardins du Luxembourg. Watch Le Play getting cleansed by clicking here or mouse on the French chair above. (patafilm # 283, 00'51'', 3.9 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version at Blip.tv)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Picture ban in Denon Wing

"Whatever the confidential deliberations were, the members were more than ready to do something to stop the maddening flashes going off at all times. The Board’s ban was not to be enforced immediately throughout, however. Only the heavily overvisited parts of the Museum, the Denon Wing, would be photo-free—in other words, the part leading to the giant Crowning of Napoleon, the jewels of the Crown in the Galerie d’Apollon, and, of course, La Joconde. ( Enforcement is harsh, though: there is no punishment more stringent than an expulsion from the museum.)"

Testing the possible practical limits of the ban, Sam Renseiw recorded a glimpse of flashless footage in La Salle des Ètats. Enjoy the short episode by clicking here or enter the climate controlled icon above. (patafilm # 282, 00'23'', 1.6 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version available at Blip.tv)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Boxiganga at Plex

[" As modern people, how do we think ourselves into the world ? Does our reality in itself become a performative enactment of our fictive preconceptions of how our lives should unfold ? Do we mirror ourselves in our preconceptions, and do we interact with reality through our states of imagination ?"]

Indeed metaphysics, this time from Boxiganga at Plex. Transforming some of their recent moves into pataphysical footage, Sam Renseiw unfolds yet another short visual space, finding a spot, lost in translation. View the moves by clicking here, or enter the mirror above. (patafilm # 287, 01'18'', 6.1 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version at Blip.tv)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Valstar Barbie

“During the course of Surrealist development, outside all forms of idealism, outside the opiates of religion, the marvelous comes to light within reality. It comes to light in dreams, obsessions, preoccupations, in sleep, fear, love, chance; in hallucinations, pretended disorders, follies, ghostly apparitions, escape mechanisms and evasions; in fancies, idle wanderings, poetry, the supernatural and the unusual; in empiricism, in superreality.”

"Art is not the most precious manifestation of life. Art has not the celestial and universal value that people like to attribute to it. Life is far more interesting", mused Sam Renseiw, paraphrasing Tzara, while capturing some pinko footage, complete with a delightful encounter with Claude Levêque's Valstar Barbie custodian. View the encounter on the 4th. floor, space16, at Le Mouvement des Images by clicking here, or step in the stiletto above. (patafilm # 281, 01'23'', 6.5 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version available for PC at Blip.tv)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Le vrai devient realite

[" Due to the fact that I have invented the architecture and the urbanism of air — of course, this new conception transcends the traditional meaning of the terms "architecture and urbanism" — my goal from the beginning was to reunite with the legend of Paradise Lost. "]

"Of course, Yves Chelsea Hotel Manifesto", was Sam Renseiw's intuitive response to the imposing presence of Napoleon's cloak and triangular head cover. Had Napoleon Chosen IKB for his St-Helena wallpaper, instead of arsenic flavoured green, things might have taken a different course. View translation footage to this exiting pataphysical riddle by clicking here or mouse in the blue above. (patafilm # 279, 00'48'', 3.5 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version for PC users available at Blip.tv)

Somehow, on traffic, again

"The quiet or muffled world of Tati's films is a central ingredient in his ability to call attention to everyday things. It is a rather nuanced stroke of genius that in a world of excessive noise, Tati should concentrate on the seemingly unimportant facets of such a world. He strips the human environment to its bare minimum. He exorcises conversation, as if to suggest that today there is already too much talking."

Indeed. Remenbering Playtime, Sam Renseiw caught some recent traffic footage in the middle of the Champs-Elyssees. View the swift Parisian moves by clicking here or zebra-mouse in above. (patafilm # 278, 00'33'', 2.5 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version for PC users at Blip-tv)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Momentary Credo

Somehow looking aheadahead, apparently with some important things to say... Tune in for more from Patalab02 after this short intermezzo. Click here to view the trailer, or type on the letters above. ( patafilm # 277, 00'32'', 2.5 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version at Blip.tv)

The movement of (and) images

["As early as 1939, when he was in residence at the Cornish School of Music in Seattle, John Cage investigated the application of electrical technology to music. His first (perhaps the first) electroacoustic composition was Imaginary Landscape No. 1, a six-minute radio piece for muted piano, cymbal, and two variable-speed record turntables, designed to accompany the production of Jean Cocteau's play Marriage at the Eiffel Tower. The piece was performed by Cage, his wife Xenia, and two friends in two separate studios, mixed in the control room, and beamed the short distance to the theatre. Imaginary Landscape No. 1 looks ahead to any number of Cage compositions involving radio, magnetic tape, and computer technologies."]

Anafor[A], a short mash-up, performed 3 times, more than 66 years later, is but a faint echo of Cage's landscape. Yet, he opened the way. View Sam Renseiw's short compressed footage of the performance at Holmen by clicking here or enter the electronic maze above. (patafilm # 276, 01'44'', 7.8 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version at Blip.tv)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Travelling trough aether

"In 1927 a writer in the Radio Times declared it unsurprising that poets should write about radio, ‘for the new magic, which pours the music of the concert room into the stillness of the cottage and brings the song of nightingales into the heart of Town, is of the very stuff of poetry.’ That early fascination with the power of the invisible waves that transmit thoughts around the globe persists, and continues to draw activities from artists who find that the kinship of both forms as purveyors of ‘pictures in the mind’ remains a unique one in the constantly evolving development of electronic media"

Still Anaphoric, Sam Renseiw recorded Eva W. setting-up her large collection of radios before the performing of anfor[a].View the etheric piece by clicking here, or enter the bandwith above. (patafilm # 275, 01'39'', 7.6 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version at Blip.tv)

Friday, October 13, 2006

On Anaphora and other steps

"[ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way"]

Speculating on the effect of zero anaphora as coreference with its antecedent in a short visual, Sam Renseiw mashed-up some autofant with strawberrylovelove flavour for audio. Taste it by clicking here, or shadow in above. ( patafilm # 273, 01'53'', 8.6 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version available at Blip.tv)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

On pattern and footage

"That the pattern is in fact not a city map, that it is in fact something whose implications wrench the heart, the viewer will discover. For the pattern, and the story embedded in the pattern, and the maker of the pattern, are one. Together, they are the wound of the world doing story."

Trying to figure out pattern recognition, Sam Renseiw spinns off the given moment's scenario. View the intricate piece with a soundtrack excerpt by chezdebs by clicking here, or enter the pattern mouse-clicking above. ( patafilm # 272, 01'34'', 6.3 Mb, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version at Blip.tv)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Obviously it's scripted

"From about 2000 onwards some artists have developed their own aesthetical system exploring a theatre of performers who are not professional actors but experts of some particular sphere of life - professionals of a theatre of the real world. Rimini Protokoll in particular, explores the extents, limits and possibilities of oblique theatre and its extended spaces..."

Expert in no particular sphere but the gaze, Sam Renseiw myopically captured some explorations on the topic, while embedded in worshop #3, during SpacingOUt. View the extended space and Daniel Wetzel dispense advice and comfort about defining rules in Call-cutta, by clicking here or mouse out of the bag above. (patafilm # 271, 02'00'', 9.2 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version available at Blip.tv)

Monday, October 02, 2006


["These days, when peoples and their customs are all mixing, weddings that are celebrated in accordance with centuries-old traditions can probably only be found in some mountain village, or in an Eskimo community cut off from the world by ice, or seen in films about folk traditions. Even Lithuanians, who are not enthusiastic about taking on new things, and who are proud of their customs that have lasted since pagan times, no longer have traditional weddings."]

Apparently not, mused Sam Renseiw, on a Saturday stroll through the Old Vilnius Town. But it sure looks glamourous. And sincere too. View the short, prolonged wedding glance by clicking here or mouse the pink dress above. ( patafilm # 270, 00' 47'', 3.6 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version for PC available at Blip.tv)

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Stencilists create their designs in the form of a stencil, which they use to filter spray-painted images onto their surface of choice. They make stencils out of cardboard, metal or anything else that will allow a cutout. Stenciling, which has blown up in Melbourne, Australia – now known as the stencil capital of the world – seem to spread around the world.

Wondering if creative originality is some form of global, provincial activity, trying to centre periphery into the mainstream, Sam Renseiw recorded some stencils on walls in the old town in Vilnius, World heritage, in a way. View the mash-up with Lindgren electronica by clicking here, or decipher the semiotics by mousing in above. (patafilm # 268, 01'31'', 7.4 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version for PC at Blip.tv)