Wednesday, October 31, 2007

On Fly Tips and Voodle Povera

click for video: Quicktime / = direct streaming in Flash /.m4v for Pc

"The timing could not have been better, because one of the factors that led to the Italian foothold in the late '60s art scene was the death of American Minimalism and Pop art, and to some degree, of painting itself. For the first time since the Futurist movement, Italy became the center for heady, humanist experiments."

Missing a touch of minimalism, amidst a sudden appearance of a fly-tip heap right on his own front porch, Sam Renseiw remembered Brut Smog's recent visual prophecy on the topic, and felt compelled to respond with a genuine Voodle Povera. Immerse in a candid moment of junk in a walk past powerty by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 521, 02'15'', 13MB, Quicktime/mov - direct streaming in Flash or MPEG4 versions at

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Blogger ps said...

AH - Voodle Povera - very nice turn of phrase - what is great about these Fly Tips is the way the items are always unconsciously arranged - an efotless beauty indeed.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:44:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, indeed.

just while i was capturing the little footage, one more person appeared, quickly added some boards, and left in a hurry. i quess it was somebody of the neighbourhood, seeing his chance to disposes of some clutter, unofficially. adding some bad conscience, in a way.
so it sems that the heap in itself, builds up according to some randomness.

would be intersting to follow a fly tip's growths scientifically, say day by day.
(the janitor says there is a container coming in the week-end. it usualy also atracts all the neighbors from the side streets)
lets see... the whole topic is quiteinteresting from the arte povera perspective.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:04:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

more rubbish voodles ;)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:25:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

voodle povera: video genre consisting of quick, cheap footage, crudely assembled as a video doodle, hence voodle;
the voodle povera genre focuses on inconspicuous assemblages of rubbish or fly-tips in urban or land contexts, examining the alleged aesthetic potentials of the said compositions, without any moral or ethical considerations.
some video povera might include appropriate non-diegetic soundtrack overlay (s) for relief or renewed audio satisfaction.

btw: i certainly hope that the fly-tip in front of my porch is gone by the week-end ;-)

Thursday, November 01, 2007 7:52:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

a fine video example of fly-tip birth is the "sofa" video by B >

Thursday, November 01, 2007 7:56:00 am  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

"examining the alleged aesthetic potentials of the said compositions, without any moral or ethical considerations." ah, so this is modernist rubbish :)

Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:54:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

indeed: post-post-modernist or just plain rubbish?

Thursday, November 01, 2007 10:34:00 am  

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