Thursday, February 15, 2007

People like us, in art galleries


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"Sometimes, there is a confusion between reality and unreality. What is considered to be a real presence is an unreal presence for some people and vice versa. This phenomenon is more obvious in the visual arts. What is presented and represented ? "

As the distinction between reality and unreality is increasingly blurred, Sam Renseiw pursued the capture of more footage to shed light on this issue. View the recent attempt by clicking here or mouse-in the increasingly blurred space above. ( patafilm # 352, 03'42'', 16.9 MB, Quicktime/Mov - Flash version at Blip.tv)

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Blogger Steven Ball said...

I've been a fan of PLU's plunderphonic reworking of 'Downtown' for a while. Of course the classic and definitive version is Petula Clark's reading of Tony Hatch's lyrics. I love the way that rather than the orthodox portrayal of an urban dystopia as a lonely and alienating place, Hatch paints a picture of it as exciting and vibrant with light and "the music of the traffic in the city", somewhere the lovelorn and lonely can leave their troubles behind and immerse themselves in the sheer beauty of it all and, who knows, perhaps even meet that special someone. Magic! This is a thread that perhaps wasn't picked up with such relish until perhaps Marshall Hain's 'Dancing in the City' or Kraftwerk's 'Neon Lights' some years later.

PLU's version manages to maintain that relish but tempers it, imbues it with a slightly woozy hallucinatory quality, which your video beautifully echoes in its new interior setting.

When you're alone
And life is making you lonely,
You can always go downtown
When you've got worries,
All the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure
Downtown, everything's waiting for you
(Downtown)

Don't hang around
And let your problems surround you
There are movie shows downtown
Maybe you know
Some little places to go to
Where they never close downtown

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with 'em too before the night is over
Happy again

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, where all the lights are bright,
Downtown, waiting for you tonight
Downtown, you're gonna be alright now
(Downtown, downtown)

Downtown
(Downtown)

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you,
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along

So, maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, don't wait a minute more
Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Downtown (downtown) downtown (downtown)
Downtown (downtown) downtown (downtown)
(repeat and fade out)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 12:30:00 am  

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