Thursday, June 28, 2007

In my quiet hood

click for video: Quicktime version / Flash version

" In entering to passion the individual shudders momentarily, as if entering an unknown element; but as he has yielded, he will be embraced and carried away like a swimmer by water. He revels in this and does not want to touch the ground until he loses his strength or ramp might drown him. "

Leaping back onto the nearest familiar shore after waterborn caused by some inconspicuous panoramic ripples, Sam Renseiw re- explores the tranquil banks of his hood, missing sunshine today. View the short afternoon walk by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 447, 01'22'' 6.4 MB, Qucktime/mov - Streaming Flash version at

Bonus Lumiere video: A transfixed look, moving. Escalator, Kowloon/HK/ 2006. Just one rule broken! Click here to view.(Lum # 05,00'50'', 4MB, Quicktime)

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Blogger Steven Ball said...

this is my favourite type of voodle these days: casual indifferent observation of the everyday close to home

Thursday, June 28, 2007 2:55:00 pm  
Blogger ps said...

You make it sound like a home movie

Thursday, June 28, 2007 7:23:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

in a way, it is.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:17:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

I disagree. Generically home movies often stick quite closely to well worn subjects and tropes such as close family members waving at the camera, pulling amusing faces, family pets, etc, etc in many ways they are about intentional documentation, like the family snapshot, apparently casual and naturalistic but actually steeped in formal convention and ripe with intentionality. This voodle, on the other hand, is located in its author's quotidian experience while capturing it with an apparently arbitrary indifference creating a kind of unconscious poetic abstraction, which rather than speaking to an experience of the sublime or the mysterious, simply (but - there's the rub - what is ever simple?) celebrates the immediacy of the everyday.

Friday, June 29, 2007 12:25:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

well put, thank you steven.

home movie,"in a way", since i had edited "the waving at the camera" part,that actually was there out :-). so this then became a voodle.

your fine re-view is quite to the point. the intentionality of seeing, my focus, was partly an unconscious reaction during a short, late afternoon stroll with my daughter on our street. the appearances of the roses in bloom, the freshness of the trees, the smell after the rain, all were quite powerful haptic experiences. i had to record this short and fleeting moment; and, afterwards try consciously to edit the footage in such a way that would come as close as possible to my actual experience.

sometimes though, fragments of inconspicuous daily reality might appear "sublime" and "mysterious", to me. as if in a "blur".( my eye sight is fine tough). i guess that is why i have often have found it necessary to edit the effects accordingly, thanks to digital filtering. it is not meant as "effect" or stylistic manner, but is part an integral part of an ongoing dialogue that i have with myself: can i convey, as closely as possible, my experiences, in such ways that re-view by others might re-translate the intimate personal gaze and place it into a more universally understandable visual language. as free of filmic conventions of any kind. a difficult endeavour.
sometimes it happens. mostly, it is just feeble attempts - nevertheless pleasurable - using the vlogging medium.

of the many definitions of voodle, "the celebration of the immediacy of the everyday" could be an appropriate one. but it certainly could have myriads of ways how this might actually look like. guess it could devellop into a long taxonomy.

Friday, June 29, 2007 9:29:00 am  
Blogger ps said...

Godness I turn my back for two ticks and a theory seminar is in progress.......but, I must disagree, a lot of home movies were/are highly voodelicious; its just that family member waving at the camera that has become the cliche..........

Friday, June 29, 2007 3:06:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

but is it art?

Friday, June 29, 2007 4:33:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

"Art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind and/or spirit; thus art is an action, an object, or a collection of actions and objects created with the intention of transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of art, since defining the boundaries of "art" is subjective, but the impetus for art is often called human creativity." ( quick def. from wikipedia)

Hmm. doono.
just trying to voodle.
(voodling: the art of capturing, then wasting video footage beautifully)

Friday, June 29, 2007 5:23:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Wikipedia can always be relied on can't it! In the 'art' question, it's the intentionality that's key, that of the artist and/or the perceiver (the latter category often being considerably larger in number) - the intention to perceive something as art and/or to present it or frame it as such and, as prof Ham pointed out a while ago, requires an audience to complete it. So you're presenting these voodles in this public forum with the intention of attracting audience attention and clearly transmitting emotions and/or ideas, ticks enough art boxes for me!

Here in London there are potentially exploding cars all over the place and streets being cordoned off and all I have is my phone for voodle action.

Friday, June 29, 2007 6:06:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Duchamp also said "but can you dance to it"

Friday, June 29, 2007 6:07:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

rupert's nokia seens to solve that dilema.

sorry to hear about that btw. just checked the news... extremely unpleasant, indeed.

regarding MD: ok, i'll voodle something to dance to it. comming up soon on patalab (# 448)

Friday, June 29, 2007 6:29:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Are you doing requests now Sam? :)

I don't know what's going on, I'm still in the college but I've heard on the radio that Fleet Street has been closed because of a 'suspect car'. So it's going to make my journey home congested possibly, but I'm also anticipating lots of nice police cordon tape to voodle!

Friday, June 29, 2007 6:41:00 pm  
Anonymous peirrot griffon said...

wait. homemovies aren't art?

Friday, June 29, 2007 9:45:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

but of course it is. :-)
(the discussion is about voodle taxonomy)

see also
Home Movie: An American Folk Art >,112
(the whole 19 minutes to download !)

Friday, June 29, 2007 10:25:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

yes Peirrot the question isn't isn't it, it's is it, isn't it?

Saturday, June 30, 2007 12:50:00 am  

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