Thursday, February 21, 2008

On the delimiting and fixing of images

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"To take pure perception first. When we make the cerebral state the beginning of an action, and in no sense the condition of a perception, we place the perceived images of things outside the image of our body, and thus replace perception within the things themselves. But then, our perception being a part of things, things participate in the nature of our perception."

Further investigating the potential of casual promenades inside old buildings and museums, Sam Renseiw recently visited two near-by museums. View the concocted, oneiric voodle sequense with staircases and pop-gun annotations by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 572, 03'03'', 16.1MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions for PC at [semanal08 project, week 8 cross-post #2]

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a somehow typical Jungian archetype set-up, complete with hurried by-passers. (Lum # 89, "framed wedding ", 00'58'',4.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video re-play supplement likewise features voodled artefacts glimpses from a fine Danish Museum with unmeasured sounds, added. (patafilm # 103 02'22''[26.02.2006 post], 11 MB. mov/quicktime) Click on the bold links in the text to view or for more info.

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Blogger gurdonark said...

Lately I enjoy watching birds at bird feeders in my back yard and just outside my office.

These birds are "house sparrows", an import from over the seas in the 19th Century, which was unfortunately released here, became widespread, and became an ecological disaster for other bird species.

Yet when I view the birds at the feeder, which are, no matter what one's perspective, innocent of any moral wrong, it would be tempting to bring to my view of them my perception that they are an "invasive" species, one of only a handful offered no protection from harm by our local bird-protection laws.

How often the "back story" obscures the true story! The birds at my feeder are delightful, pursuing the lives that birds pursue. There is no reason to see their exploits at the feeder any less worthy because (a) they do not, in one sense, belong in Texas, and (b) they are everywhere.

When I was at university in Arkansas in the USA, I went for one of those 10 week "Summer aboard" university programs, to U of London. A new friend from Pennsyania on the same tour gave me sage advice. He cautioned that Americans tend to bring to their perception of the UK a wealth of ideas gained from novels and movies. Such visitors see the USA they believed they would see, because they are applying the filters of their expectations. He urged me to just let things happen, and not to draw "national" conclusions about them. I took his advice, and had a delightful trip.

I watched the video of Michael Apted's latest installment "49 Up", about the 1964 English school children to whom the film=makers return to interview every 7 years.
In earlier films, beginning with the first, the "expectation" was that the film would permit class distinction commentary about the way that economic class defines and limits one's future. In the event, though, the kids did not grow into people quite so easy to box and wrap. By contrast, we learn far more about the boxes and traps of those who made the film.
By 49, the film-maker admirably recognizes that these living creatures are not some high-flown dialectic metaphor, but merely lives being documented--in a way, life itself.

An American has written one of those books like Americans stereotypically write--about how people in other countries find more bliss than in America. He says that Denmark is a particularly contented country. Should I bring to these films ma book-confirmed belief that they are made by a man from a deeply contented country? I do not think so--but what a color it would add if I did. I would learn nothing about the voodle or Denmark, but be able to mirror my own ideas onto the film.

When one writes a poem, it's something important that the poem not be so much about something or for some purpose--but that the images simply *be*. So it is, I suggest, with stairways and with guns, and with the experience of the film within us all.

I love story and meaning. I do not disparage them. But a film can sometimes just be. I tried to watch your film as it is, and not for any inner tales of mine about guns and staircases.

What a wonderful Rich soundtrack. So many of his things these days are darker ambience, so it's nice to hear this one.

Sunday, February 24, 2008 4:42:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you for your thoughtful comments (and of course for your music!)

indeed, these small voodles have no intentional messages. There are left open to interpretation(s). Most of the time I wonder myself, after re-viewing them, what the "meaning" might/could have been.

It became a sort of an ongoing project to find out how to assemble the recorded views of my daily whereabouts and then to condense some of these views into video pieces that might - or might not - convey some of the "awe" of seeing, and the "emotions" of that gaze.

I became aware of the difficulty of oblique visual communication(s) in a time where hollywood and global TV schemata standard (in ways of conveying meaning, stories and messages) spill over, and refrains us from "seeing" freely and express the seen in other manners than stereotyped .

The short voodles try to address this, yet in a very personal and subjective way. The voodle label is part of this quest, as my activity of posting videos does not seem to fit with existing vlogging definitions/modus operandi. The pataphysics "overlay" is one way to address the complexity of the matter and - to some extend- to find "reasonable", meaningful links, while maintaining a personal gaze on things that I happen to pass by.

I am very grateful for your comment(s), and your thoughtful, open minded way of reflecting on the seen.

Yes, i do indeed live in a contented country, and I am, personally, in many ways privileged and very contend with my life...
By recording my whereabouts, I came to realise that I do, indeed, lead a very rich life. I do not have the urge to invent, find a "concept" to convey meaning, messages or personal beliefs. I happen to like to see, and convey that, in my own "absurd" and sometimes "poetic" manner.

At the same time, there are so many other and more serious conditions in the world that do need active attention, and I certainly have my own opinions and beliefs. Yet, I would leave that to others to express via i.e Vlogging; not because I feel contended, but for the simple reason that sometimes oblique viewing might be a commentary in itself, or make one reflect.

Regarding soundtrack(s) on my voodles: your superb "before parting" remix was a great revelation and inspiration while montaging the # 573. (posting next week)

Sunday, February 24, 2008 2:18:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

ups! it is the # 574 that uses "before parting";
> on wednesday's post then :-)

Sunday, February 24, 2008 2:23:00 pm  
Blogger B said...

sam, i love your point of view in this lumiere! i think mannequins are so fascinating, i make meaning of them on a side blog i never really make mention of, just do it as a weird little side outlet, a hobby of sorts.

lately we've had the TV on too much in our house (i blame my roommate - not andreas, our other roommate) but we also watch too much too. when i come back to online videos and watch yours, i remember yet another great reason why i turn off the TV. your observational voodles are so much more interesting than most of the drivel on cable. thanks for sharing such random, beautiful moments.

Monday, February 25, 2008 7:55:00 am  

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