Thursday, January 03, 2008

On re-viewing rare moments and snakes

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

"If a day goes by without my doing something related to voodles, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. To me, voodling is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them...The fact that it wasn’t really considered an art, that it was considered some sort of novel amusement or trivial craft, has trapped almost every serious vlogger."

Sometimes toiling with the actual essence of making voodles, Sam Renseiw montaged footage from a re-view of a rare moment at a recent exhibition. View the ambiguous cut-up, complete with fine "negative" soundtrack, by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 555, 01'43'',10MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere video features two known characters, framed by A. ( Lum # 72, " A's marilyn and satchmo at L " 00'59'' 6.1MB, Quicktime/mov) All other's fine lumieres at the main site.

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Blogger Steven Ball said...

Sam's commentaries are becoming less pataphysically oblique references and more directly concerned with the practice at hand. Just an observation :)

Thursday, January 03, 2008 11:36:00 pm  
Blogger Rupert said...

Quoted you in full at the Yahoo videoblogging group.
I agree and feel similar.
Nicely framed, chosen and cut moments here - and perfectly soundtracked.

Friday, January 04, 2008 11:30:00 am  
Blogger gurdonark said...

So many times the problem of seriousness posed by artistic creation is not only a gift but also a burden.

I think that it is not whether we are serious that is the issue, but what we are serious about.

The way of Tolstoi at the end of his life, regarding the arts altogether as insufficiently "serious", is one dead end.

The trivialization of observation as insufficiently "serious" is another dead end.

The authentic experience we seek to have by what we see is in itself a serious thing. If I could learn to see and to participate in what I have seen, then I would feel neither the burden nor the frivolous self-gratification of seriousness as such an issue.

To truly observe, that is very serious business.

Friday, January 04, 2008 11:49:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, indeed: it sort of becomes self-referentially pathetic, the so called reflections on the act of seeing, posted as "absurd" quotes with the videos.

yet, i feel that the "work" sort of has to follow the impulsive "diary" montaging and posting to keep it fresh, alive and open to various translations, if at all.

what may seem to be seriously though about regarding textual embedding in the posts, might just be an impulsive transcendent game, subjected to some tight, self-imposed dead-lines, OuLiPo wise... that makes the postings challenging...

it possibly is also a way to obliquely approach the blog medium, trying to find other ways to transcendate the seriousness of posting "meaning"... indeed, it sort of became straight-jacket, yet a challenging, frivolous one.

the video "voodles" are the real, and only work. the accompanying texts are just some sort of frosting, for something that might stand actually just better stand for/by itself...

still struggling with the matter... lets see what i can come up with next, in the many futile attempts trying truly to observe...subjectively.

thank you very much for the comments :-) so generous of you to participate, and to be concerned.

Saturday, January 05, 2008 2:29:00 am  
Anonymous Robert Croma said...


Art as essential sustenance. I try and be creative at least once a day, in one form or another. It's the only way to be.

And on a strange note of synchronicity, I was working on a short personal video yesterday using the exact same soundtrack. You've used it fabulously here.

Saturday, January 05, 2008 3:08:00 pm  
Blogger Rupert said...

I used to wonder about posting text notes on a separate parallel blog, and keeping the video blog All Video.

In your case - as you say - it might be frosting, and the real work might stand better for/by itself in some senses, but in other ways it works. i find my compulsion to read notes next to art in galleries irritating, but i am equally irritated when there are no notes to read. a way in. even if (especially if?) absurd and abstract. declaration of spirit and intention. to stop the casual viewer and say This Is This. Pay Attention. or something. Det ved jeg ikke. (I raided a Danish phrasebook for that)

Another thought - without the notes and discussion in the comments, I maybe wouldn't have spent time reading about Pataphysics on the web after coming back to your site this New Year, and thinking about your work in that context. Jeg er en britisk statsborger. Det var en misforståelse. Hvor tager I mig hen?

Saturday, January 05, 2008 3:34:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes. indeed: the hoovercrafts are full of eels :-)

as i, for many years now, have been dabbling with pataphysics, and wordplay/short writings in various projects, using OuLiPo startagems, i found that equally useful to use when trying to find quotes and especially editing the videos..

the absurd can often be quite appropriate, when meeting reality, that more than once can be seemingly quite anachronistic, yet fully modern, and up-to-date.

Saturday, January 05, 2008 3:55:00 pm  
Blogger B said...


To me, voodling is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them...

that's it. that's everything. i can't be more eloquent in a comment box. perhaps an email to follow.

Sunday, January 13, 2008 6:49:00 pm  

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