Saturday, April 12, 2008

On the intangible of global in local

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

"It is true that visual language considered as a code mapping shapes, colours, and shading into meanings will not get us very far with re-makings and allusions. It would seem we require the notion of visual literacy to understand and enjoy some works, where by "visual literacy" we do not mean a set of rules assigning significance to visual elements, but some knowledge and experience making and viewing art."

Yet, sometimes bits of reality can certainly adjust one's focus asserts Sam Renseiw, having experienced an arty preview. Enjoy the voodle, concocted with footage fragments from outside and inside Charlottenborg on a Thursday evening by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 589, 02'24'', 12.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a lobbying moment of illuminating, artful semiotics from the same location. (lum # 105 "semiotics preview"00'42'', 3.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video re-play supplement features colours, shading and a door to perception from an-other exhibition. (patafilm # 119, 01'00'', 2.4 MB,[19.03.2006 post]Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

When I lived in California, I was intrigued that one traffic law forbids the police from laying what is called a "speed trap". The traffic policeperson may not hide behind a car or obstruction in hope of catching speeders. The goal, I believe, was to stop small municipalities from seeking to over-zealously enforce the traffic laws as a fund-raising device.

How much preconception must one bring to a work of art? Too often we hear of the "meta" these days--the idea that experiences cannot be experienced directly, but must be filtered through the irony imbued by previous aesthetics.

I think this "meta" is a speed trap--the same imprisonment in preconceptions that also afflicts certain popular media. Is one wiser because one recognizes that one's preconceptions may impair a direct response? I am not so sure.

Over a decade ago, I saw a helicopter descend with the spiky tip to a huge office building. Was the fact that I had seen Fellini's film a help or a hindrance? The sight of the lowering helicopter was no less a marvel.

I just completed a musical piece for a compilation project for
The rule of the compilation was that one must use a stringed instrument to create the sound.
I chose a "can-jo", a one-string dulcimer (it may be called a hummel in Denmark) which plays a simple diatonic scale. By the time I had delayed and reverbed and sliced and time shifted and pitch shifted the notes of the can-jo, it sounded like a very different song from a simple folk tune. Yet I hope that a listener would not wonder "how was that done with a can-jo?", but instead only be transported.

I am not staking out a strong position--I do not reject a literary context as part of some mythical key to all mythologies.
Yet a whimsical church is a wonder even if one does not know Gaudi.
Is the Parroquioa in Mexico any less a marvel because its architect was not formally tutored?
Is the visual of her any less stunning because I do not know the story behind the diamond on her chest? I love and, because in image there is immeasurable art, even without the context of language.

This video intrigued me. Thanks!

Greetings from a Sunday which for me has been filled with parables and the aftermath of a mid-week windstorm, which is to say this must be Texas.

best, robert

I wonder if our

Sunday, April 13, 2008 8:51:00 pm  
Blogger B said...

sam, am i just behind/out of touch, or have your more recent videos been quite a departure from your usual style? this was intriguing and very captivating - excellent piece. i really like the lumiere as a compliment to the patafilm too. watching them together, instead of at different times (which i usually do), made them richer for me.


Sunday, April 13, 2008 10:23:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

well, as usual, the footage is just part of my preambulations....

i am not so sure about "style"... i try to experiment, go by intuition when i edit... sometimes the results are surprising.

the video on this post is from the "preview" opening of the spring exhibition at charlottenborg ( see links in the text).
late, on the way, i notice the old police car, that stands there every day, acting as a advertisement... strange to "see" it again, as i pass it almost every day... the opening exhibition: crowed, and most of the bubbly vine the real [art]efacts where the empty glasses.

the girl with the diamond tattoo was a nice surprise. i did not know her, but got permission to film. the rest was a fine illuminating artwork. ( if i remember correctly from the "halfmachine" colective ?. see also the august 12, 2007 videopost.

the previous post was from last week. a fine spring afternoon, meeeting with zoe tati and charlie bonheur...just around the corner from the savior church...

> B: you'll see all the sights once you are in copenhagen :-)

> R: thanks for the comment!!
it is a treat everytime, and so very tought-provoking in a fine way...

the compilation "sounds" very enticing.(could not find it on the site, though?... ok got it seems that the dead-line is april 23?)

the weblabel seems to contain some fine "strange works of audio art that defy tidy categories"

great :-)

Sunday, April 13, 2008 11:11:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

Webbed Hand is a really innovative netlabel. Its principal, CP McDill, releases a series of experimental and ambient works that has secured a following by aiming solidly at a growing niche of like-minded listeners--the sort of thing that the internet can be such a revelation for--in music and in film!

For a less experimental and fantastically whimsical netlabel artist, I also commend to you also my friend Cagey House, who is either at or

Monday, April 14, 2008 1:41:00 am  

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