Wednesday, November 28, 2007

On flights of longing and monkey's grove

click for video: Quicktime / Flash and other versions at

In 'Air and Dreams' Gaston Bachelard provides a soaring account of the cultural oneirism of air. For Bachelard, air signifies reach, sweep, aspiration and eminence. What he calls the dream of air dreams dream itself, in its Romantic aspect as the faculty of yearning, as we say, longing, of the imagination stretching to go beyond itself. The airy imagination that Bachelard makes out is imagined predominantly in voodles - albeit dynamic, or kinaesthetic voodles, of flight and plummet. And these are always forms of peaceful longing, a longing that is in its element and at its ease."

Wondering how bouts of recorded reality actually constitute a vooodle's out-streched kinaesthetics, Sam Renseiw montaged some recent whereabouts sightings into a flight of longing. View the unfoldings by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 538, 03'07'', 19.1MB, Quicktime/mov - other streaming versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features the silent pathos of a rotating artwork. (lum # 59 "holy booty" 00'58'', 4.6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger B said...

This made me so happy, Sam. It is so beautiful.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 11:50:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you b. that is so positive!

i never know how various viewers might react to the voodles. (i am not at all sure what they might be about, while i montage bits and pieces of footage; most of the time i am wondering... the "meaning", coming with the text in the posts, gets in after the voodle is finished.

so, in the end, it might all be about projection, i guess...

here is a funny quote about "reading" imagery:

"In the MTV cartoon 'Daria' Daria and her sister Quinn are given a test that appears to be the TAT by the school psychologist on their first day at their new school. Daria and Quinn are shown a picture of two people. Quinn makes up a story about the two people having a discussion about popularity and dating. Daria states that she sees "a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains." The psychologist tells her the picture is of two people, not ponies. Daria states, "last time I took one of these tests they told me they were clouds. They said they could be whatever I wanted." The psychologist explains, "That's a different test, dear. In this test, they're people and you tell me what they're discussing." To which Daria characteristically replies, "Oh... I see. All right, then. It's a guy and a girl and they're discussing... a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains."
(from wikipedia > thematic apperception test)

Friday, November 30, 2007 5:01:00 pm  

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