Friday, June 15, 2007

On Graffitti and voodling

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" It is a rule of life that we can, and should, learn from everyone. There are solemn and serious things we can learn from quacks and crooks, there are philosophies taught to us by fools, there are lessons in faithfulness and justice brought to us by chance and by those we chance to meet. Everything is in everything. In certain particular lucid moments of contemplation, like those of early afternoon when I observantly wander through the streets, each person brings me a novelty, each building teaches me something new, each placard has a message for me." (357)

While paraphrasing a fragment from Pessoa's Book of Disquiet, found fitting for his urban ramblings, Sam Renseiw encounters fresh street-art in the making and an inconspicuous collision just a moment later. Contemplate the voodled[x] sequence of events by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 437, 02'01'' 9.1 MB, Quicktime/mov - Streaming Flash version for PC users: click on the widget at right) [X] voodling (adj.): the manufacturing of inconspicuous video doodles

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Anonymous Jen said...

I love this notion of "voodling." Especially intrigued by the cross-traffic in the frame here, and all the wonderful bicycles (and the toddler on the back of one of them!).

Sunday, June 17, 2007 10:20:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

hi jen!
well, copenhagen traffic is full of bicycles... ( more bikes than cars actually, specially in summer) quite a normal view. (that certainly is intriguing, even in most of southern europe)

regarding "voodling": it is a term that steven ball, philip sanderson, me and some participant at a video "daydreamning" workshop in february 07 in copenhagen, sort of jockingly, aired.
Lets see if we can find some adequate definitions for it.

Sunday, June 17, 2007 10:34:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

I wrote a 'working definition' of voodling for the doomed wikipedia entry. I'll see if I can find it and will check out your voodle when I'm on a computer with a sound card (seriously! in this day and age!)

Monday, June 18, 2007 6:52:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

that sounds good. (with or without card).
Oh! to enunciate, articulate, vocalise and pronounce neologisms into the tangles of the web: what a resonance. (what happened to your Mac, steven ? or should you consider the voodle audio as of too poor quality ? never had an the pleasure of an Uher myself... :-)

Monday, June 18, 2007 7:36:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Mac is fine but I was at work on a mute PC - the sound is crucial to your video, however it's recorded - can't find the definition, will have to voodle it up from scratch!

Monday, June 18, 2007 8:16:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

" to voodle it up from scratch" requires imagination...
allons enfants du voodling....

Monday, June 18, 2007 9:06:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Yes there is a sense in which the act of voodling, like automatic writing, should be more immediate, pre-cognitive, the imagination coming into play after the fact of the voodle, perhps.

Monday, June 18, 2007 9:57:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

or it is direct imagination

Monday, June 18, 2007 9:58:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, automatic writing could certainly be taken into serious consideration.

voodling could then extend bazin's "camera stylo" surrealistically, and mash it up with McLuhans "massage" in the global village.

given the vast possibilities of cheap digital technology, the eye gets removed and replaced by the hand, shifting vertov's "kino-eve" into distinct new visual capturing modes (and quite distinct body moves) resulting in quite different out-set postures.

"filming", the classical way might be dead. in the near future cell phones i.e, will incorporate 6 megapixel + of voodling possibilities, to be manipulated even further, afterwards.

Monday, June 18, 2007 10:24:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

I think the primary characteristics of the voodle is that it uses small portable digital moving image media, which enables it to be opportunistic and immediate in its capturing. I'm a little worried now by the analogy with automatic writing, which suggests that it reveals an unconscious hidden 'meaning', this might be the case in some instances but I don't think it should be a prerequisite. We have talked before about Alexandre Astruc's 'camera stylo', which suggests the etymology of voodle deriving in part from 'doodle', an activity with a certain distractedness or non-intentionality at the point of capturing.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 9:49:00 am  
Blogger B said...

I don't know to leave anything but fangirl comments because I so love your perspective and isolation of a moment. Street art is so important to anyone's culture, and in America, it's an increasingly debilitated medium from the way it once was. That said, there are underground pockets of artists springing up again, and this video is a total symbol of that hope for me. The public dialogue that can emerge from public yet subversive art is essential as we move forward in a world that needs so much rehabilitation.

Saturday, June 30, 2007 7:33:00 pm  

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