Saturday, January 19, 2008

On candid narrative and visual auto-fiction

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"Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility...If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."

Immersed, for the moment, in some of both Miller's and Dostoyevsky's works, Sam Renseiw concocted a short, oneiric chamber piece. View the historical docu-drama voodle set-up with close encounters of (in order of appearance): Prince Myshkin, Generals Yepantchin and Ivolgin, and, last not least,lovely Nastasya Filippovna. Click here or on the links above.(patafilm # 561, 02'22'', 20.9Mb, [semanal08week3] Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features a sort of traffic set-up, a bus-line that never, otherwise, would have passed by the spot... just film reality. (Lum # 78 " virtual bus-stop" 00'56'', 5.8MB, Quicktime/mov) Other's fine Lumieres at the superb site.

Today's Patalab Metaphor Voodle supplement features - in almost high definition - the perils that innocence and goodness face in a corrupt and paranoid world; (patafilm # 122, 02'27'', 9-9MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

To change authors, I like the scene in Tolstoi's novel Resurrection in which the noble wishes to give his land to his peasants. They cannot believe in such generosity--it must be a trick or a trap or a derangement.

Perhaps the way of virtue in a cynical world is the ability to see the world as if it is not all a trap, a trick, or a derangement,and to live accordingly.

Great costumes!

Saturday, January 19, 2008 3:42:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert Croma said...


I ended with the supplementary Patalab Metaphor Voodle, which is an extraordinary, hallucinatory small narrative. Inspirational.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 11:19:00 pm  
Blogger Jay Dedman said...

i saw your semanal entry. would have been funny if there really were cameras in the 1800's. future history is going to view our present time much differently with all our documentation of moments.

Sunday, January 20, 2008 2:37:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, indeed... time wraped.
interessting to note, that the footage is from september 07.
At the time i seemed to me that the recorded material was too folkloristic, or "touristy", and thus i just left it at that... while re-reading dostoyevsky this week, i remembered it.

in editing out the many spectators and by-passers on the footage, another dramaturgy then surfaced, turning the voodle into a short story with characters straight out of the 19th century... a halting young man, top brass officers, a fair young maiden... all set in the fine back-drop of classical copenhagen architecture from the same period.

the added soundtrack-mash up then, sort of turns time around once more, anchoring the material back into the 21th century. so, yes, should this little voodle survive on the net, it might be quite difficult to date or to classify it, then.

Sunday, January 20, 2008 4:19:00 pm  

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