Sunday, January 07, 2007

The fixed ekkyklema

"Machinery helps make the experience magical for the audience. The ancient Greeks used the mechane, a simple crane, to carry an actor down from above as well as the ekkyklema, a wagon entering from the skene, to show a tableau of the dead. Medieval theatre artists/engineers used several types of machines to manipulate the actors and for special effects. Perhaps one of the most intriguing machines to move actors was the treadmill, specifically made for the production of Ben Hur."

Not quite in the Ben Hur range, but still a moving tableau mused Sam Renseiw while capturing treadmill running footage from the middle of a busy urban bicycle lane. View the cyclic nature vivante by clicking here or enter the sidewalk above. ( patafailm # 329, 02'17'', 10.8 MB, Quicktime/Mov - Streaming Flash version for PC available at


Blogger Zoe Tati said...

he he :D
existentialistic too.

Sunday, January 07, 2007 9:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great metaphor of the Space Two-project.
Eventually the project will loose steam - but not yet!

The rest of us, digital passersby, barely acknowledge a specific movie while rushing forward...
Sometimes we stop and observe with hostility, surprise or delight.

Monday, January 08, 2007 11:58:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

Yes, nothing lasts forever, indeed.
Yet, as this is a slightly "obsessive-compulsive" endeavour, carried on with great pleasure, expect some novelties in the year to come, though.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 10:57:00 am  

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