Sunday, December 30, 2007

On feeling not being in Kansas anymore

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"These gathered voodles do not revolve around any particular subject, style or reason. They are, at their simplest, moving images. At their most complex, they are ideas that may mirror my own thoughts, may install joy and wonder, may even disturb, may worry, may be me, may be the people I know, may describe the world as it is, may describe the world as it should be, may be truths, may be half-lies, but whatever else they may be, they are images with presence, moving images that stand out from the rest when I see them, record them, montage them and then share them as voodles"

Recapitulating in pataphysical footage, the past year can be subdivided into 228 voodles, of which 15 were posted as a chronological docu-soap of "The Circle Camp", and 70 Bonus Lumiere videos, totaling more than 9,5 hours of posted video. Having given up watching television a long time ago, I plan to devote my spare time in 2008 to more voodle experiments, possibly with better equipment and the start of an indie movie.
A hearty thank-you to all viewers for gaze participating in patalab-OZ, for the many supportive comments and for the sharing of their own videos which I enjoyed very much. A special thanks to all involved in the great Pixelodeon 07 festival, to B&A for the fantastic Lumiere video project, to Gurdonark's fabulous compositions and utterly generous music sharing, to Bogdanov's continuously inspiring work posted with regular, high vlog devotion, and finally, to for marvellous services.

Best wishes for a very happy and productive new year to everybody from Sam Renseiw ! (patafilm # 554, 01'34'', 9.4MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash and other versions at

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Friday, December 28, 2007

On dreaming while awake

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"As a voodler, you could say that I am dreaming while I am awake, and every day I can continue with yesterday's dream. Because it is a dream, there are so many contradictions, and I have to adjust them to make the voodles work. But in principle, the original dream does not change. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the spaces. I even remember the music, though it is mostly sampled from other's re-mixes. Very actually. Very vividly."

Having shown nothing for a while, Sam Renseiw just ran his fingertips along the edge of some gilded human-shaped figure footage-left-over, sending the music deep enough into viewers hearts so as to undergo a kind of simultaneous spatial shift. It's like giving birth to a kind of shared state, that can be viewed by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 552, 02'28'', 15.2Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features an additional corridor, a sort of condensed spatial lapse. (Lum # 70 "the freudian slip" 01'00'', 5.8MB, Quicktime/mov)

News: as Steven B. kindly mentioned, the voodles play superbly on an iPodTouch; Thus, from today on, Patalab introduces a direct WiFi download link(.m4v) for immediate iPodTouch voodle pleasure. Check it out... that is, if Santa blessed you with a new gadget.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The patalab season greetings

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“You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception. Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed...Yet,it seems that laughter needs an echo.”

Voodling away with the latest footage for the holiday season, Sam Renseiw sends his warmest season greetings to all faithful viewers and friends. View the travelling poetic melancholy of lampshades, street corner and a barfly nicotine shelter by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 551, 02'18'', 14.1MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash and other versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features an exotic performance at the traditional Hotel Pro Forma x-mas party. (Lum # 68," Danish Lakota Friendship Dance" 01'00'', 6.2MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

On photographic art and receptions

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"Magician and surgeon compare to painter and voodler. The painter maintains in his work a natural distance from reality, the voodler penetrates deeply into its web. There is a tremendous difference between the pictures they obtain. That of the painter is a total one, that of the voodler consists of multiple fragments which are assembled under a new law. Thus, for contemporary man the representation of reality by the voodle is incomparably more significant than that of the painter, since it offers, precisely because of the thoroughgoing permeation of reality with mechanical equipment, an aspect of reality which is free of all equipment. And that is what one is entitled to ask from a work of art."

Speculating on the nature of voodles in the age of digital reproduction, Sam Renseiw permeated into the web of a recent birthday reception at a famed photographic gallery, capturing multiple footage fragments. View the ensuing mash-up complete with sublime positivesound and a diegetic song by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 550, 03'07'', 19.2Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features more footage from the reception. (Lum # 68"dick and jane at the reception", 01'00'',6.2MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

On the unreality of spatialized movement

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"If movement is a series of positions and change a series of states, time is made up of distinct parts immediately adjacent to one another. No doubt we still say that they follow one another, but in that case this succession is similar to that of the images on a cinematographic film: the film could be run off ten, a hundred, even a thousand times faster without the slightest modification in what was being shown; if its speed were increased to infinity, if the unrolling (this time, away from the apparatus) became instantaneous, the pictures would still be the same."

Speculating in situ on issues of matter and memory, whilst winter-clearing the hard disk of clutters of older footage, Sam Renseiw voodled a short and sunny, late summer memory for you. View the quick passage of time in urban waterway excerpts of Copenhagen by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 549, 01'13'', 7.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video feature the novel art of racing in fixed and otherwise challenging equipment. (Lum # 67, "fixed, oblique racing" 00'42'', 4.1MB, Quicktime/mov) Lots of other's new Lumieres at the main site.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Grauballe, Tollund and other tribulations

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Some day I will go to Aarhus/To see his peat-brown head,/The mild pods of his eye-lids,/His pointed skin cap.//In the flat country near by/Where they dug him out,/His last gruel of winter seeds/Caked in his stomach,/Trove of the turfcutters'/Honeycombed workings./Now his stained face/Reposes at Aarhus.//Something of his sad freedom/As he rode the tumbril/Should come to me, driving,/Saying the names/Tollund, Grauballe, Nebelgard...

In his many voodle trials, Sam Renseiw keeps on digging, twisting bogged-down footage, in waders and peaked cap, to uncover or just to disclose that surface is but skin deep. View the cover-up attempt complete with adequate machinery and pseudophone by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 548, 02'19'', 13.4MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features a fixed in-door sport genre, night framed. (Lum # 65 "le baby-foot au resto " 01'00, 6MB, Quicktime/mov)

News: Great, thoughtful short video pieces from Leeds these days!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On thin ice voodling

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"I treasured a compliment the clown paid me on today's occasion. I liked to recall it against visitations of doubt and despondency. He came up to me after he had been overwhelmingly excellent and congratulated me on my own contribution, saying: ‘I never know whether I prefer to precede you or to follow you — you’re such a high-jumping voodler.’ It was very generous coming from a master."

Combining goofy voodling with urban ice-skating, Sam Renseiw donned his skates - the first time this winter season - to meet the local clown. View the short performance of docu-voodling-clowns-on-ice by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 547, 01'38'', 10MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features the second, almost still-life bustle at a Christmas dinner in the shopping mall, of three Lumieres depicting the customs of Danish Julenisser. (Lum # 65, " julenisser 02", 00'54'',5.3Mb, Quicktime/mov) Other's fine videos at the Lumiere site.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

On the expression of ambiguity

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"Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, watch one short voodle, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words... Yet, thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world."

Babbling away on a regular basis, Sam Renseiw manufactured an ultra-short diptych voodle, expressing some central points about the fine educational nature of architectural travels. View the simple conglomerate, of which the second part is a re-mixed excerpt from a famed architect's early travel films, by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 546, 01'33'', 9.3MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash and other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features the first part of a triptych lumiere-work depicting julenisser's customs in commercial Danish X-mas environments. (Lum # 64 "julenisser 01", 5.2MB, Quicktime/mov) Other's great lumieres at the main site.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

When space becomes the true background

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"I began taking liberties a long time ago; When I am shooting a video I never think of how or why I want to shoot something; I simply shoot it. All I can do is imagine for myself what the future will be like, in the same moment. When space becomes the true background, words, dramaturgy and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them... we will silently walk and see freely."

Somehow wondering about the present situation of on-line art videos and their various taxonomies, Sam Renseiw attended a gathering on the topic, yesterday. View the ensuing voodle, complete with a glass of brennivin, Lotte's hand and Annette F's Gobelin by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 545, 02'04'', 12.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other streaming versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features a central Copenhagen novelty: the new Patalab voodle-screen kiosk at Kgs. Nytorv. (Lum # 63 "patalab kiosk, kgs.nytorv", 01'00, 6.1MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

On now-that-it-is-time's furniture

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"To have one's own furniture shown by a third party voodler who doesn't know that the furniture in question is itself furnishing the story being shown, that's a technical refinement."

While still dabbling with both crude editing software and of-the-shelf camcorder, Sam Renseiw refines the interior-walk-through voodle genre, amidst a fine, utterly ambiguous flock of furniture apparitions - with strong living room reminiscences. View the tracing of a short promenade architecturale, complete with moodle excerpt by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 544, 01'54'', 11.9MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features voyeuristic found-footage from the same space, simultaneously present, next to the above mentioned furniture. (Lum # 62 "found footage", 01'00, 6.1Mb, Quicktime/mov)

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

On voodles, brains and drawing(s)

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"You have two brains: a left and a right. Modern brain scientists now know that your left brain is your verbal and rational brain; it thinks serially and reduces its thoughts to numbers, letters and words... Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words."

Toggling adamantly between two brains, Sam Renseiw recorded some of the struggle with stand-ins, drawing in perfect weather conditions, today. View the pure, right brain manufactured voodle by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 543, 02'57'', 17.9MB, Quicktime/mov - other streaming versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus left-over-video (wasting your time) was meticulously handcrafted by Sam, using both brains, while having a short, minor summer fit of vlog-disillusion. That was before videos could easily be snstncntnrs'erd, via a novel vlog-software that Nanoramas was so kind to share recently. (patafilm # 493/left-over, 00'49'', 5MB, quicktime/mov)

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Monday, December 03, 2007

On the sensitivity to things

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"My ambition, as voodler, my point, I would go so far as to say my fixation, my constant fixation, is primarily to concoct an artefact as original as it may be illuminating, an artefact that would, or just possibly might, act as a stimulant on notions of construction, of narration, of plotting, of action, a stimulant, in a word, on re-"reading" moving images of today."

Still imbued by a strong sense of mono no aware, Sam Renseiw collaged the recorded footage of yesterday into a mystified flow, complete with aural cosmic pow-pow and submerged signals. View the equestrian tinted voodle by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 542, 02'40'', 16.2MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video also features hypology, but this time in a fixed frame, with mirror. (Lum # 61 "hypology and mirror" 01'00, 6MB, Quicktime/mov) And, rejoice: Gurdonark has created a fabulous "moodle" to accompany the silent lumieres. For all Lumieres, go to the main site.

News!: Today's Bonus cross-post-video features Brutsmog's exquisite - and quite affordable - elaborate, bijou invention.

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

On the ontology of stable

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"More than often we pass from one place to the next, from one space to the following without pondering to measure, to chart, to realise theses lapses of space. The problem lies not in the invention of space, even less its re-invention, but in its questioning, or simpler, its reading ; For what we label as quotidian is not evidence but opacity: a sort of blindness, a form of anaesthesia, to be redeemed by acts of hearty voodling."

Still dabbling with various ways on how to re-vision the seen and to re-charter familiar spaces, Sam Renseiw paraphrases Georges Perec while posting - one more - voodle of the past two days captured footage. Try a pataphysical OuLiPian reading of two spaces and a saddling by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 541, 02'09'',12.4MB, Quicktime/mov - Other streaming versions for Pc at

Last month was NaVloPoMo'07. A real treat! Thanks to all participants for some inspiring and fresh new video-vistas. (still viewing some)... I did not dare participate, as a busy schedule could jeopardise the pledge of one video per day. Nevertheless it turned out that the quota was attainable, anyhow... Promise to join the next round! Best regards. Sam.

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