Thursday, November 01, 2007

Almost like a sentence

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

"How little we know,/and when we know it!//It was prettily said that “No man/hath an abundance of cows on the plain, nor shards/in his cupboard.” Wait! I think I know who said that! It was...//Never mind, dears, the afternoon/will fold you up, along with preoccupations/that now seem so important, until only a child/running around on a unicycle occupies center stage./Then what will you make of walls? And I fear you will have to come up with something,//be it a terraced gambit above the sea/or gossip overheard in the marketplace."

Investigating the inconspicuousness of daily-life, Sam Renseiw caught footage from a recent visit to the dentist. View the coming up of something by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 522, 01'57'', 3.6MB, Quicktime/mov - direct streaming in Flash or Mpeg4 versions at

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Blogger B said...

You know, Sam. A couple of things. One is that your dentist let you film stuff or you did it while s/he was out of the room. Either is cool. This is a fun, lovely video, as always.

The other thing is something I should probably just address in an email, but I'm already here, writing this. You post so much quality content, so often, and sometimes you get no public feedback in comments. This month I'm trying to post every day (well, I missed the first few days since I didn't start this until about Nov. 4) - but the point is that in posting so much, I find it personally rewarding and fun and remember how much I like to edit video and the moments I capture because I'm capturing them for a reason in the first place (mainly, for myself, for practice, because I just somehow love it) - and then why not share them? But then, I get no feedback except from the usual suspects like my partner who was there when I was filming anyway because so was he, and I'm not sure why this bothers me - this unspoken audience. Why do I need the approval of strangers? Is this related to the age gap I know exists between you and I? I'll get older and not care? How do you not become viciously annoyed that your beautifully crafted art isn't being watched by many, every day? Or maybe you know it is and that's enough. I also don't think mine is beautifully crafted art, for the record. And sometimes I know who watches my work, my life, even when they don't comment. And I'm not sure why that feels empty.

The internets are awesome and ugly this way. Thanks for indulging me in my rant. This was my original thesis topic that I left behind, without answers, in pursuit of questions of privacy. But I guess I still have many of my own questions.

I hope you are well.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007 4:14:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

hey b!
thanks for your fine comments!

re: the dentist: i did ask for permission, and he agreed.
the blur is sometimes added to give the stetting (or the people in it) a more generic, private touch, in the vastness of cyberspace. something else then appears, that is both generic and sometimes very particular. but still very much real.

re: watching: i actually do watch the videos on my link list on a quite regular basis,(going directly to the source, i do not use feeds) and certainly enjoy your fine videos. ( missed the latest ones by a few days - appologies.

blogs and vlogs are indeed diaries. i am mostly happy to have found a place for my complusive footage, in its own absurd way.
some of them are posted also on PAM, and the audience there is different, as the videos there, are considered "art" videos; another context, another outlook.

the same compilation via seems to generate other viewers, different comments and probably gazes again, there.

i am just so happy that it is possible to place the video sniplets somewhere. the comments are then a very welcome fringe benefit.

the real reward is the actual shift from a pile of mini-dv cassettes in a drawer collecting dust, or GBites on my hardisk , to an exposure in a vaster space. virtual as it may be, it is quite real indeed, and fulfilling.

best sam

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 5:44:00 pm  
Blogger B said...

hey sam

i think i forget that art is sometimes its own reward (as is a clean desk free of excess dv tapes). or maybe im only just learning that, the therapeutic value of it all.

im as guilty as anyone of not leaving comments. i didnt mean for my thoughts of frustration to be directed at you specifically - in fact, the opposite in the blaming sense. its just that you make videos that i love so much, and i guess on our collective behalf, it frustrates me when i dont see people freaking out over yours in the comments. but as i said, thats often a poor substitution for whats actually happening with your unknown audience. we shouldnt ever have to think about concepts like audience - as writers, artists, any of us. we should just be able to create.

i think youre right. the reward is keeping a diary of sorts. ive just been more selective as time has gone on about what i choose to journal publicly :)

have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 09, 2007 9:32:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks b!

no need to worry.

i like the quiet, intimate set-up..

yet, there seems to be a relative crowd: 208.750 total views on, and about 24.647 on PaM for the videos uploaded.
a fine average for me, indeed, and humbling.

i have no real idea who the majority of these viewers might be. but, i know there are out there.

i would rather worry about a potential deluge of happy "freaking-out-over" comments, then.

btw:your latest elevator lumiere is a treat!

Friday, November 09, 2007 10:21:00 pm  

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