Sunday, December 16, 2007

On photographic art and receptions

click for video: Quicktime / Flash and other versions at

"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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Blogger nicolai perjesi said...

how nice to see this....
nice evening too.....

Nicolai Perjesi...

Monday, December 17, 2007 1:49:00 am  
Blogger B said...

oh goodness...this lumiere made me happier than anything. im sure that says something strange about me, but nevertheless, hilarious and wonderfully shocking. im way behind on your videos, but i aim to catch up soon!


Monday, December 17, 2007 6:12:00 am  
Anonymous Walter Benjamin said...

Incredibly heartening, dear friend, to see such an interpretation of my work.

The modern epoch is riddled with those who are far beyond mourning the death of aura.

But this is not old news.
Nay, it is premature.

Please visit the home of my online musings.


Monday, December 17, 2007 4:58:00 pm  
Blogger robinboeun said...

on a less serious note, you might be interested in some wearable art pieces...

Monday, December 17, 2007 5:07:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

Dear Sam:

One of the unintended aspects of the new virtual art is that sometimes the most fun explanatory text disappears into the ether. This happened to me at, when I sought to leave a comment on film, life, Copenhagen and the virtues of mash-ups in remix culture, and then hit the "post", and the comment disappeared. Perhaps it will show up again over there, but I come to this alternative venue to post something as a precaution.

I like very much that you're not only using material from NSI in your films, but that you're mashing it up and treating it less as pristine than as a building block for you to express your own realities. This, to me, is the beauty of Creative Commons works, and in particular those works that permit derivatives to be remixed and mashed-up. Rather than being trapped in the old world of somewhat predictable corporate product which limits views and possibilities, we all now create new worlds and new permeations of reality. You can show not only Copenhagen, but the Copenhagen of stray "real moments", spliced together. I can show the north Texas you don't see from the downtown convention center or the media images of a prairie three hundred kilometers to our west.

I believe I've been to the museum which you portray here, but your museum becomes a different reality than the one (did or did not) visit(ed). That's the permeation of the process of bringing the mechanical to the image, and yet letting the image be the goal. It's fun and interesting to see, and it's got a point perhaps more than just fun and interest.

best, robert

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 12:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert Croma said...

A significant piece. Beautifully rendered. Full of suggestion, of intimation, of delicate poetic interpretation.

A narrative of possibility and promise. Loved it.

Saturday, December 22, 2007 7:54:00 pm  

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