Sunday, March 23, 2008

On Play, Ritual and art massage

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

“Both are highly social. Both make more than usual use of tension and release, out-of-context behavior, surprise, the manipulation of expectancy and anticipation. Both make more than usual use of the qualities of repetition, exaggeration, imitation, and elaboration. Play is much more concerned with change and novelty, spontaneity and unpredictability that ritual is. Ritual generally tends towards stereotyped, prescribed, and even inflexible activities. Most important, ritual, like play, is concerned with metaphor in that it is saturated with symbolism, the creation of another world in which once ordinary things acquire the potency of standing for extraordinary things. In this world, ordinarily incompatible things may be combined or reconciled into unprecedented and convincing unity.”

While first playfully recording artefacts in space during a ritualised visit to a local art gallery, Sam Renseiw later montaged a crude voodle, toggling between intended and intuitive actions, pondering on the multi-layered nature of message. View the mash-up massage of captured images by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 583b, 02'47'', 15.3MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions for Pc at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video feature a recent, short and serene moment of extraordinary quotidian, located just opposite (!) the visited gallery. (Lum # 99 "early easter 2008, snow", 00'36'',3.2MB, Quicktime/mov) The Lumiere site caters other's fine videos.

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video is a complementary treat, as it is a previous walk-through the exact same spaces as in the day's voodle post, yet featuring other artists. (patafilm # 442,[21.06.2007 post] 03'10'', 14.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

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