Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Anémic Cinéma

" The 'rotoreliefs'' visual oscillation only results from spinning the disks. There is a double contrast here: between static image and the motion image, as well as between the two interpretations of the illusion of positive and negative volumes. It is not possible to "see" both volumes at the same time just as it is not possible to experience the illusion while the disk is stationary. The shift from one volume to the other makes the observer aware of the way biological vision gets interpreted into "seeing."

This cinematic blossoming is yet another Sam Renseiw knife sharp inlay, bollywood style. Experience the suspence by clicking here, or enter the yellow disk above. (02'15'', 5.9 MB, mov.version here) update 01.10.15

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

On footage and leg

" I stepped to the side to make way, slipped on the ice, rolled on my ankle, and went splat, back first, onto the footpath. I was embarrassed and confused and tried to get up and stop the fuss immediately. Then I realized something was wrong. Something was wrong with my left leg. Something indeed had given. It was my leg. I had broken it. But at this stage I didn't know. One hour later they told me I had a broken leg and I was going to be in a cast for six weeks. I remember thinking, "Oh no, that doesn't fit. I haven't got time to do that. I was on my way to Paris..”

Some dark Voodoo at work on Sam Renseiw, out of Vaterpas balance. Yet the event might result in more video postings the next weeks…
Click here to get on the feet, or enter directly above. (01’3’’, 5,7 MB, mov/quicktime) // rev.01.10.15

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Helsinki secrets

“…Today the very idea of artistic re-presentation is being discussed. After the deconstructive and meta-fictional pointing out of esthetic-rhetorical patterns in each work, it is understandable that the interest is now directed toward that which conditions or lies outside esthetic representation. This is why ethical questions become relevant in a digital world that otherwise makes each and every simulacrum possible. What a splendid liberation from the world, what unsuspected possibilities of esthetic manipulation, one might say!…”A Sam Renseiw pataquote about Idiocy, Foolishness, and Spastic Jesting. What all this might have to do with Helsinki, can be viewed here or by clicking on the icon above. (00'34, 2,4 MB, mov/quicktime)

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

A round of golf

"One of your goals may be to have a lifestyle where you are a member of an exclusive golf resort. Thus symbolically you may decide that you will play a round of golf on a luxury golf course. And, while you are playing that round of golf, you fully engage all of your mind powers to create the life you want whereby you can easily see the reality of this because you are actually doing it. Then, later, you would relive this round of golf and use the communication between your conscious and subconscious minds to create the Video you actually want."

A short Sam Renseiw oblique obstruction game for yet another view of The Perfect Human, setting arbitrary and challenging new conditions to govern the filmic process.View it here or try a hole-in-one put above. (0.41 min. 2.1 MB mov/quicktime)

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On having the experience of drinking tea

"The particular implication of quantum theory that all the fuss is about is of course, as Lockwood puts it, “the simultaneous existence of distinct … experiences”. For instance, as I write this, I am having the experience of drinking tea. Quantum theory implies that vast numbers of other experiences of mine, including the experience of drinking coffee at this moment, are also taking place. The reason why I do not have an experience of having all those experiences simultaneously is that the laws of quantum mechanics restrict the operation of our brains so as to confine, as Lockwood puts it, “the gaze of consciousness to a kind of ‘tunnel vision’ directed downwards in the experiential manifold. We cannot look ‘sideways’ through the manifold, any more than we can look ‘upwards’, into the future.”

A Pure Sam Renseiw pataphrase. To experience the filmic gaze on the subject, click here or on the teapot above.(0.53 min, 3.8 MB, mov/quicktime)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Zen and the Art of Whirling

" Most of you have learned how to waltz, or are beginning to. You may have discovered that waltzing is a challenge to learn, at first, then it transforms into an easier, pleasurable experience that is fun to share with someone else, perhaps with a special someone. You may have also discovered dizziness. Although dizziness is the first "altered state" that you experience in waltzing, it is not an especially profound one. But there is another, higher, level that some people discover through whirling. And that is what this video is about. This other, higher state is indeed profound, at many levels, because it can have a beneficial influence that transcends the realm of dancing."

Sam Renseiw discovered that by adding kinesthetic motion to a quiet, contemplative state, one can become even more deeply receptive to direct experience. Like Zen, Vlogging is a wordless doctrine. Chuang Tzu wrote that the "Video cannot be conveyed by either words or silence, just images
Enter here or click on the maiden above to see the video.(1.28 min. 3 MB, mov/quicktime)

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Exclusive Paris Hilton gossip

“…In my more honest moments, I am inclined to admit that I find only two things in the world truly fascinating: metaphysics and videoblog gossip. Everything between these two limits, between the general structure and meaning of the universe on the one hand and, on the other, who exactly went to bed with whom and what they did there, is of less compelling interest. Most of the things that are important to the material wellbeing of the human race, lie in this in-between zone, and are equidistant from metaphysics and gossip....And I take these things as seriously as anyone. But I am not concerned here with the serious and the important. I am concerned with the truly interesting; I am concerned with art; in particular with the art of video fiction…”

Sam Renseiw paraphrasing Raymond Tallis with a strange account of an early performance with Néena Zafranska; Probably “Stillness” at a Hilton, maybe in Paris… Another puzzling Zoë Tati video-excerpt. Click here to see the video, or on the image above (2.35 min. 3.7 Mb, mov/quicktime)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Magic teater : entrance not for everybody

"... I tried to open the door, but the heavy old latch would not stir. The display too was over. It had suddenly ceased, sadly convinced of its uselessness. I took a few steps back, landing deep into the mud, but no more letters came. The display was over. For a long time I stood waiting in the mud, but in vain. Then, when I had given up and gone back to the alley, a few colored letters were dropped reflected on the asphalt in front of me. I read: FOR MADMEN ONLY ..."

Sam Renseiw opening some doors. Enter here or click on the icon above. (1.04 min, 4,2Mb, mov/quicktime)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

From some inside, looking out

" Spring is the beginning of the Chinese New Year, usually at the end of January for the lunisolar calendar or early February for the solar calendar. After the long, cold Winter, the sun begins to warm the earth again, triggering new plant growth. Because of this, Spring and the Spring equinox is associated with the Wood element. Because the day also begins to warm in the morning as the sun rises, Spring is associated with the East direction. So these are associated with the left side of the Tai Ji, where the yang is increasing."

Another Sam Renseiw reflection, this time from a famous interior, Go take a ride in the bathtub here, or enter the space above. (2,2Mb mov/quicktime)

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The intimacy of the closed chamber

…Can we not see in such erotic scenarios an example of the rare confluence of antithetical oneiric spaces, where the intimacy of the closed chamber and the presence of the distant, disembodied, recorded voice combine to create an oneirically overdetermined architecture? Such is a videoclip where both detached, Apollonian spectatorship and participatory Dionysian drunkenness coexist and coalesce…

A short Sam Renseiw trailer for a recent new blog by Zoe Tati, distinguished photographer and documentarist, working with a finely tuned, subtle hunch for found images and related paraphernalia. Click here or on the icon to get to the stop beat… (1,1Mb, mov/quicktime)

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

An untitled testimonial

“.... To me, the simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space. A bit of string, affords dimensional latitude that is unique among the entities; for an uncomplicated strand is a palpable object that for all practical purposes posses one dimension only. If we move a single strand out of the plane, into lacing at will, actual objects of beauty result in as is practically two-dimensions….”

An early mention of Sam Renseiw, out-of-laboratory. A documentary by Zoë Tati: an untitled testimonial, opening a possible door to multiverses. Enter this puzzling introduction here, or click on the icon (13,2 Mb. Mov. Quicktime) Part two to be released soon...

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Monday, January 02, 2006

The extraordinary machine

" I suppose infinity always dazzles us, and I have never been able to build up a good intuition about the concept. The problem is compounded here because there are actually two infinities competing with each other: there is the infinite volume of space, and there is the infinite shrinkage, or compression, represented by the padded, counter space singularity. However much you shrink an infinite space, it is still infinite. On the other hand, any finite region within infinite space, however large, can be compressed to a single area just under the sales counter…"

Another Sam Renseiw quantum leap. Go figure it out: by clicking here, or enter the above, padded multiverse.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

A state of profane meditation

“…It may sound farfetched to speak of watching a movie as a meditative discipline...but parallels do exist. There is a familiar type of meditation called one-pointedness, which focuses the meditator's attention through the repetition of a single sound or mental image. Yet another meditation practice encourages the sitter to let thoughts fall freely and disorientedly, without anchoring them to any one point…”

A short and intriguing, slow rotating synaesthetic gaze by Sam Renseiw, exploring aspects of the Bergsonian concept of time, possibly undergoing a new interpretation, an intensification and a onomatopoetic deflection… click here to view (1,1 MB, mov/quicktime)

(Note: Sam Renseiw’s video # 67, since the launch of spacetwo:patalab in august 2005)

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