Sunday, September 02, 2007

The inhabitation of fiction - last episode

click for video. Quicktime / Flash / = direct streaming for PC

" We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time. / Through the unknown, un-remembered gate / When the last of earth left to discover /Is that which was the beginning;"

At last. The final episode. Concluding the documentation of The Circle Camp, Sam Renseiw now looks forward to other voodling grounds... Yet, the feat of compiling casually voodled footage into fifteen, more or less coherent, docu-soap episodes totalling almost one hour, seems to open up new vlogging territory to explore... Enjoy this last, quiet episode, that ends in somehow the same way as it began, by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 489,02.42'',17.4MB, Quicktime/mov - direct streaming for PC at

The Circle Camp was Signa's work in progress for the coming staging of their Oracle Games in Cologne, Germany. Should you be around, Sam warmly recommends this unforgettable, seminal performance art experience. Thus, you might have the possibility of getting acquainted with the darker, voodic, dionysic and overwhelmingly awesome, evocative rituals, that where discretely omitted here on patalab's docu-soap.

To soothe the withdrawal symptoms in the meantime, here is a Bonus Lumiere video for you, featuring a inconspicuous, but nevertheless central space in the circle camp. (Lum # 33, 01'00, 5.9MB, Quicktime/mov). More other's Lumieres at Andreas H's site.

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Blogger Hekla said...

Dear sam, Signa was a great happening. I went there with Kim my boyfriend on saturday, just in time to be involved in stoning of the devil himself. Women where not aloud in the barn, but after some 20 min I heard a roar and asked the women in the door: We should go in" and so we did, inside I was met with a fantastic spectacle : 40 NAKED med dancing around the devil, singing. Wauw. Looked for my man, but unfortunately found him standing in the corner DRESSED ;-) Later a wooden house outside took fire and the firemen and police arrived. I heard that one from the group told the fireman that it was a true accident. But what is REAL?

Did not see you at the egg party, but hope to see yoy at PRESSEN (politikens hus) the 15 of sept. More info on my blog very soon.

Sunday, September 02, 2007 2:43:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

hey hekla...
what a coincidence! ... I was there on saturday too ! (actually dancing almost half-naked in the invocation dance- still had my pants on , but you probably just looked at the naked ones then :-) ..

the wooden hut burned down accidentaly, as far as I could gather... so yes, that was real ...but the performers did such a great job, that most of the audience never noticed that it actually was reality happening in the fiction. it was just incorporated flawlessly. by all involved, just playing the game...

sorry to have missed you egg party! will try to make it to pressens then. best sam

Sunday, September 02, 2007 7:59:00 pm  
Anonymous pepa said...

:-) !! great.

Monday, September 03, 2007 7:46:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks pepa!
the attempt to make a docu-soap was indeed a challenge, and a fun one too.
I guess the episodes might have seemed a bit strange when viewed from far away. that is why all the posts tried- in the usual absurd way- to link the visual content to context in the text(s).

Monday, September 03, 2007 9:43:00 am  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

I finally got around to viewing this series, as my schedule had worked against watching it in serial daily sequences I downloaded and viewed them continuously in one sitting. What a remarkable work: while the staged nature of the entire experience is obvious, in its staginess maintaining an almost Brechtian dialetic distance complicated but not contradicted by an interactive immersion in a theatrical environment – the coyness of the girl whose skirt you unhitch, the conversations about dreams and seduction, the (alas unseen) but imagined naked male dancing and the frequent audible presence of the creaking of your shoes. Like a voodling anthropologist investigating this strange closed community, its lore, its mores and its rituals, whose own contingency in and influence on that community is duly recorded and noted for future study. It also occurs to me that it follows many of the dictates of the Dogme 95 manifesto, with, I might say, far more interestingly strange onieric immediacy than von Trier and his pals have ever managed!

Sunday, September 09, 2007 12:16:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

well, thanks steven,
i am humbled by your fine comments!

the voodling work was indeed fascinating. ..mostly, i had no idea what would happen next, so the outlook is fresh, lively and somewhat tense at the same time. being there, while having a distance at the same time.

i have followed the work of Signa for some while now, and i am utterly convinced that their work is seminal and ground breaking in exploring the boundaries of contemporary performance art, where notions of theatricality v/s performativity are re-investigated together with novel audience interaction(s)

indeed,the voodling followed the dogme 95 rules, but that did only occur to me later, as i constantly toggled between a gaze of observation and of deliberate participation... the brechtian aspect that you quite rightly mention, is very much to the point.

best part of the work was the flow, afterwards while making the crude editing decisions, one voodle at a time. a sort of filmic, dramaturgical pattern then emerged,somehow out of sync with most film school rules. it might possibly open up for some emerging definitions of voodling taxonomies.

Monday, September 10, 2007 8:26:00 pm  
Anonymous Will said...

i have been watching your voodles for some time, but this "circle camp" had me levitating.

the performance art itself is fascinating, but there is something so powerful about seeing these miniature documented episodes with very little context. they just arrived in my rss reader and at first i didn't know what i was seeing. but there was the evidence that my imagination had to deal with. they changed my days.

"the feat of compiling casually voodled footage into fifteen, more or less coherent, docu-soap episodes totalling almost one hour, seems to open up new vlogging territory to explore."

i agree!
something about vlog/cinema/art is about stretching perceptual/cognitive maps with raw material captured from everyday life. it is also important (i think) that the work is distributed/received (unannounced?) in the context of everyday life as well.

to extend this practice into a connected (almost) fictional series - this is very exciting to me. i am trying to work in a similar space, as are others, but "circle camp" breaks ground in so many ways.

best !

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 6:49:00 pm  

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