Wednesday, January 16, 2008

On the flow of ascent and descent

click for video: Quicktime / .m4v for iPod / other versions at

"...We notice that the failure of the vital impulse is most infallibly interpreted by the appearance of mechanism. Reality falling asleep or breaking up is the figure under which we finally observe matter: matter then is secondary. Finally matter is a kind of descent; this descent as the interruption of an ascent; this ascent itself as growth; and thus a principle of creation is at the base of things: voodling.."

On his way to a bookshop to purchase a new copy of The Idiot, as the old one apparently got lost, Sam Renseiw took fancy to a bout of concentric, geometrical ascent on foot. View the climb, complete with matter, memory, elan vital and various audio overlays by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 560, 03'40''22.3Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features a more straight-forward, rigourous walk, seen and recorded just around the corner of the bookshop. (Lum # 77 " straight-forward walk " 00'38'', 3.8Mb, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Bonus Patalab Train Video features the poetics of compressed descent as seen from a cable car window. (patafilm # 165, 02'13'', 9.8 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger zoe tati said...

Hey Sam, I see you took inspiration from my paper on durée/Bergson ! One of the stepstones in my upcomming artistic exploration of the photographic image and electronic litterature.

Very fine vlog "city slices", vertical and diagonal !! today

zoe tati

Thursday, January 17, 2008 12:33:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

or vice-versa? > see patalab post from
august 2nd 2006, june 9th 2006 and november 21th 2007

Thursday, January 17, 2008 4:34:00 pm  
Blogger zoe tati said...

Sputnik-schmutnic ;-)
No, I wouldn't fancy myself to namedrop ahead of you !
just noted one day after, you link to "Matter and Memory" where he is speaking on the tension of la durée. But hey, that's the jam... time is false, because it is spatial and homogeneous.


Thursday, January 17, 2008 5:29:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

There's something magical about a walk up stairs.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 3:30:00 pm  
Blogger B said...

I get so excited when you post these and Andreas tells me where and what the scenery is in real life. I can't wait to experience my own lovely slice of Copenhagen. This is a wonderful preview.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 5:23:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, it's all real...
(architecture: curtesy of king christian IV's)
so all i did, was to walk up the tower, after having bought a book at the nearby bookstore...
the subtle magic of the copenhagen quotidian..
you'll see

Saturday, January 19, 2008 7:11:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert Croma said...

The poet's ascent. A beautiful unfurling towards the light.

I was in Copenhagen many many years ago, at an age when my movement about that city felt very much like this: dream, wonder and anticipation.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:45:00 pm  

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