Tuesday, July 17, 2007

On forking paths

click for video: Quicktime version / Flash version

"Meanwhile, looking from the window, they could see the world racing past them. At one moment, they were rattling through a solitude; the next, a village had grown up around them; a few breaths more, and it had vanished, as if swallowed by an earthquake. The spires of meeting-houses seemed set adrift from their foundations; the broad-based hills glided away. Everything was unfixed from its age-long rest, and moving at whirlwind speed in a direction opposite to their own."

Voodling happily along a different hood, Sam Renseiw pondered on the fact that every voodle creates its own precursors. The work might modifies our conception of the past, as it might modify the future, yet the original is always unfaithful to the translation. Although there is no video exercise which is not ultimately useless, this one can be viewed by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 455, 01'47'', 5.4MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version at blip.tv)

Today's Bonus Lumiere video records a moment of multiple transitions, fixed in multiples. Click here. (Lum # 15 duck passage,00' 50'', 3.5MB, Quicktime/mov) Lots of fine other videos to be viewed at the Lumiere home !

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Blogger B said...

Unfaithful translation comes with this territory, perhaps always. We can't change how we saw it, and we can only duplicate so much. It's hard for me to translate what I saw, so I just hope that you like what I show you instead.

re: ducks - you're very lucky to have a carnival or fair in town, perhaps permanently? Love it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:26:00 am  
Anonymous p said...

there are so many street thieves here in chile that i got very nervous wachting this video. kind of "oh god, let him come to the end of the street with his camera in hand" :)
i love it though. i love all you do, boy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:02:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you so much pepa ;-)

well, it was actually very peaceful and safe to record the footage. a quiet street with gable houses in travemuende, germany.

the strong smell of the roses mixed with the faint sea breeze, and almost no car traffic.

yet, submerged in this romantic, charming contextual setting, it all sort of suddenly reminded me of the "blue velvet" opening by lynch.
(i luckily did not find any ear, though)

in a way, the footage was successful then, in conveying that ambiguity.
simple beauty and (melo)drama: facades, cracks in between, spaces behind... the poetics of the inconspicuous. just voodling. :-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:29:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

to b:
re: ducks: yes, tivoli is open all summer in the middle of wonderful copenhagen.. ( + many travelling fairs and circuses during summer in the suburbs)

re: translation(s) and other quotes: most of the text for this post are slightly and "absurdely" modified quotes from J.L. Borges, one of my favorite writers. i like the ambiguous encyclopedic multi-overlays.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Rupert said...

it also reminded me of the opening of Blue Velvet - the roses and shutters and sky had that primary suburban brightness... and then i found the gables mesmerising with the music. strangely moving to see all these homes. the greatest trick i know for bringing myself into the present and seeing things afresh is looking up, up, up, and noticing the roofs, gables, apartments above shops, and all the first and second story detail that i blank out routinely in the city. it's shocking.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 3:09:00 pm  

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