Sunday, February 24, 2008

On meta-reference(s) and voodles

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

"The man with the magnifying glass takes the world as though it were quite new to him. If he were to tell us of the discoveries he has made, he would furnish us with documents of pure phenomenology, in which discovery of the world, or entry into the world, would be more than just a worn out word, more than a world that has become tarnished through over frequent philosophical use. A philosopher often describes his “entry into the world,” his “being in the world,” using a familiar object as symbol. He will describe his ink bottle phenomenologically, and a paltry thing becomes the janitor of the wide world. The man with the magnifying glass quite simply bars the everyday world. He is a fresh eye before a new object. The botanist’s magnifying glass is youth recaptured. It gives him back the enlarging gaze of a child. With this glass in his hand, he returns to the garden."

Pondering further on the nature of the seen and on how to montage bits of reality footage, Sam Renseiw dabbled with a plectic juxtaposition of disparate images. View the layered, godardian voodle by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 573, 02'34'', 13.8MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions for PC at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features quite an opposite gaze: the simplicity of a roll in sand. (Lum # 90,"water-music's roll" 00'44'', 3.7MB, Quicktime/mov) Other's fine Lumieres at the Lumiere site.

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video replay-supplement features a more "arty" display of directions, in sign laguage. (patafilm # 345, 00'54'',[26.01.2007 post] 4.6 MB, Quicktime/mov) Click on the bold links in the text to view or for more pata-info.

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Blogger B said...

there is something so intoxicating about filming the television. lovely shot, and great lumiere! if its accessible, take me to visit the horses someday? i think theyre such nice animal friends. im a sucker for anything living but non-human ;)

Monday, February 25, 2008 7:45:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks b!
actually it is a dvd playing on the tv. ( j-l godard's "prenom carmen" with the great raoul coutard framing the camera. actors: maruska detmers and jaques bonaffes)
horses: ok, they will still be there in autunm
(it is a new-forest pony btw) :-)

Monday, February 25, 2008 6:45:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

Juxtaposition is a wonderful and elusive thing. A set of disparate images, sounds and ideas, rendered together, create an oblique gestalt that appeals to something within (which thing within may itself be undefined, but real). In our lives we live with so many "natural" juxtapositions--poverty v. wealth, insecurity v. security, tranquillity v. anxiety. We do not see these as contradictions, while we see a giraffe and a French cinema scene as somehow very different from one another.

I do not propose some grand theory for all of this, nor do I postulate that we must reject all theories and stories. I prefer instead to watch the flashing light behind the television, and to enjoy the appearance of the giraffe. After that, it is all a pony roll.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 3:37:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:28:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

the flashing light is a bicycle lamp found one day, lost on a pavement. i gave it a home on top of the optometrist's test frame that also doubles a a lamp.
the giraffe roams there too sometimes. one of the stones is a gift from benas sarkas, a great performer from lithuania.
< ahref = .mov < gliuki theatre/a>

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:36:00 am  

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