Friday, June 13, 2008

On similitudes and other cognitive rotations

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"The perfection belonging to one thing is found in another. This is the perfection of a knower insofar as he knows; for something is known by a knower by reason of the fact that the thing known is, in some fashion, in the possession of the knower. Hence it is said in The Soul that the soul is "in some manner, all things," since its nature is such that it can know all things. In this way, it is possible for the perfection of the entire universe to exist in one thing."

Even inconspicuous settings can often provide the background surface for somehow lunatic similitudes, mused Renseiw while standing still to capture a full turn. View the Thomistic docu-voodle with added conversations outbound to camelot by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 605, 01'34'', 8.5MB,Quicktime/mov other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a short moment of silence. (Lum #121,"workshop break" 01'00'',5.1MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video re-play supplement features a domestic setting with space soundings (patafilm # 317, [12.12.2006 post] 01'52'', 8.6 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

Fantastic!!! Hahaha... and please don't tell it's staged...! after having declared 'fallitt' on the inconspicuous - please don't tell!!!

...and just why are they all staring at the bus ... please don't tell that either...

b.k. / LOMEG_ROM
tar av hatten og bøyer meg i støvet

Friday, June 13, 2008 8:49:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

believe or not:
all voodles are recording of moments of my day to day experiences. i try my best to come as close to the "how" i sometimes "see" things, wondering about my gaze and what seems to have popped up more or less unconsciously in my mind while being there, "seeing".
it is,i believe, a way of cognition that every one of us has. as every human being is a unique, original entity, every one would experience differently the same event.

sometimes, during editing some of the footage, i wonder about the other layers, overlapping. this, then is the next "seeing": "what" exactly, and "how" did i actually see, when i re-view the captured footage. thus, sometimes i serendipitously try to add a layer of soundtrack, found during a very restricted time frame, reflecting, at the moment of editing, my mood (s), and the unfathomable intuitive, seemingly unreflective approach(es).
the result is often surprising, even to myself. a new riddle, having, at the core of it, a grounding from reality, while at the same time having become some sort of hybrid mutation... some sort of poetic, quasi documentary document.

thus: this voodle is not staged. i was participating in a workshop trying to bring people from various backgrounds and education institutions together with the remote goal of sharing ideas about how to set up a master class in creativity processes for students from different higher education.
the footage is from the presentation of our second exercise, while we where receiving instructions for how to proceed the nest half hour.

the lumiere is from the end of the workshop. having travelled with the blue bus to various locations stops, we were asked to note fragments of comments /ideas on the paper sheets pasted on the bus. the whole writing and reading was to be done in silence. a beautiful moment, captured in a lumiere.

so, basically: it is a moment of my "work-day" the 4th of june 2008. i realise that it looks more like a picnic. i am, indeed, fortunate to have been invited to the workshop, free of charge, with snacks included. :-)

Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:07:00 am  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

what i was viewing was not what i saw although i knew what i was viewing and not seeing was not all that could be seen... and what i saw while i was viewing i liked a lot.

i also liked the free of charge snacks included part. you know, it took me until last september before i for the very first time enjoyed a danish smørrbrød-dinner... and i've forgotten my dc at the hotel...

ps: moi sits beside me and is waving her hands in excitement for our future show... it's a really nice summer place and the crowd is fine too. more to come on other channels.


Saturday, June 14, 2008 8:46:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

"The traces of the
devastation of Pompeii are terrifying. They show forth the power of God: "He looketh upon the earth, and maketh it tremble; He
toucheth the mountains and they smoke."

"I should like to have wandered alone among its ruins, meditating
on the instability of human things, but such solitude was not to
be thought of".
Therese' de Lisieux, honored after her death with the title "saint".

The footage of your films so often allow one to ponder what is before one's eyes, and if the "footage" is not of Pompeii, then it is nonetheless something to think about in terms of the instability of human things.

The footwear tells the viewer a story about each participant, although the story is more supplied by the viewer than by the footwear itself, as we all dance in the slippers of cultural convention--a tennis shoe says something different from high heels, though neither shoe truly transforms its wearers, but only the view of its viewer.

I think that as we sift through to find the way forward, it's a good thing to ponder the ruins, and think about the manner of things. I am not fond of imposing my view of the manner of things upon another--but as if I were a Thomist, I think that systematic thought means something, and like an Anselmist, I think that the existence of the ordered thought at all must ontologically mean something. In pataphysics the literal meanings are no longer relevant, which, increasingly coincides with views of many theologians since WW I's desecration. I am thankful that we live in a time when we can ponder footage of footwear, and learn a bit about ourselves in the process.

Yet another fine voodle.

Saturday, June 14, 2008 11:33:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you robert for your thoughtful comment.
( the anselmist ontological argument could, indeed, also apply)

last month, a had a visit from my young nephew, living in germany. there bicycles are not as common a sight in the trafic as here, as well as the use of high heels, it seems.

after a day or so of observing things, he pondered on the many women cyclists wearing high heels and mused : "Is'nt it dangerous cycling with high heels and without a helmet?"
it probably is... but it is such a fine sight anyway, and such a freedom in many ways: the opportunity, in the small things of the quotidian, to casually expand the common notion of semiotics and basic functionality.
there is, however, an ongoing debate on making the use of helmets while bicycling obligatory... manolo blahnik would then certainly design one.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 7:00:00 am  

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