Tuesday, April 29, 2008

On picket and horizontal travelling


click for video: Quicktime / .m4v for iPod / direct streaming for Pc at Blip.tv

"An estimated 100,000 Danish nurses and other health care workers haven't been to work in two weeks as they demand long due wage concessions. Nurses, midwives, laboratory technicians, physiotherapists and nursing aides walked off their jobs last week to demand a 15 percent wage hike over three years to bring them on a par with their colleagues in the private sector. Over 20,000 members of the union Trade and Labour (FOA) that organizes nursing home and kindergarten employees also went on strike.The strike is the first major social conflict in Denmark since 1998 and is broadly supported by the Danish public."

Exploring the confines of Blazicek and Ball's Horizontal Rule voodle theory, Sam Renseiw travelled along the early morning picket line, using the low-tech dolly equipment at hand. View the fine travelling by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 593, 01'34'', 8.4MB, Quicktime/mov - other streaming versions for Pc at Blip.tv)

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features the fine hand-crafted, manufacture of a voodle badge.(Lum #109 "the voodle button" 01'00, 5.6MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video re-play supplement features an instructive black-board explanation of the repercussions of the Horizontal Rule in voodle procedures. (patafilm # 94,[17.02.2006 post] 01'15'', 5.5MB, Quicktime/mov)

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Robert Croma said...

I find Ball's Horizontal Rule intriguing and certainly it stirs my imagination.

Beautiful done, Sam. Love the graceful dolly down the picket line, the unfurling imagery of protest and song, the ambient sound of the Danish day.

I imagine this also looped, a replay of affirmation and action, a repetitive poetry of necessary protest. Great stuff!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 5:52:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks robert!
yes, looped would have been nice. (will think of it next time appropriate)

and, yes, stevens ball's horizontal rule is quite challenging. he also elaboreted on the vertical combo version, that is very interesting.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:14:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks robert!
yes, looped would have been nice. (will think of it next time appropriate)

and, yes, stevens ball's horizontal rule is quite challenging. he also elaboreted on the vertical combo version, that is very interesting.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:14:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

I must point out that I can't claim sole responsibility for the invention of the Horizontal Rule, Martin Blazicek was my collaborator on the project and he was as instrumental, perhaps more so than I - I simply refined and expanded upon the concept in the blog entry. It is challenging in the sense that, in its original form, it demanded that the horizontal line in the composition of the shot be kept, as far as possible, absolutely central. This is not necessarily the case in this voodle however I am happy to see free adaptation, 'rules' should never be treated as absolutes.

I hope you didn't cross the line Sam!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 1:43:00 am  
Blogger gurdonark said...

the juxtaposition of hearing "She'll be Coming 'round the Mountain", being sung in Danish as a labor song with my own cowboy-movie/children's cartoon associations for the song is a pleasing one.

I like the birds at the end very much, and the camera tilt that caputures them. I like the exuberance and the energy, and the specificity and the universality of the strikers--the only truly universal things are the things that are clearly very local.

I know that I should draw great meanings from the imagery, but I'd rather draw little vignettes of thought.

I am glad, too, to hear the music of Diatonis. I have been a fan of his for years---his "ambient life" series is truly satisfying music.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 5:58:00 am  
Blogger iconjohn said...

As a dialysis nurse in USA, I can point out that if more men were in the field then bargaining power would be much stronger. Probably 20% male where I work and good career. But then again, comparing health care of 2 different countries is like apples and oranges.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:19:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks steven, for reminding me of martin blazicek regarding the horizontal rule.
sorry for the omission, now corrected in the posted text with a link to his fine site.

Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:32:00 am  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Thanks for the revision Sam.

Coming round the mountain is an interesting choice indeed! ("singing ay-ay-yipee-yipee-ay!) If conditions for nurses in Denmark is anything like here in the UK then they have good reason to picket. Low pay and stressful conditions in an under resources public health service, saw it all first hand myself recently. I guess that most health care in the US is private and therefore a better career option for health workers, not so great for those sectors of the population that can't afford it though.

Thursday, May 01, 2008 6:43:00 pm  

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