Tuesday, July 22, 2008

On the contraction of (skating) time

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

“In just the same way the thousands of successive positions of a runner are contracted into one sole symbolic attitude, which our eye perceives, which art reproduces, and which becomes for everyone the image of a man who runs.”

Vaguely speculating about Bergson's concept of intuition that never gives us absolute knowledge of the whole of a series of actions' duration, Sam Renseiw intuitively compressed footage of recent urban skating moves into a short, sliced, perceptive docu-voodle. View the moving urban matter with Hepepe dub by clicking here or on the links above. (FNS08b video,03'40'', 20Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at Blip.tv)

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a theatrical, open-air, back-stage view.(Lum#132 "back-stage view", 01'00'' 5.2Mb, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video re-play supplement features quiet moves through a domestic interior.(patafilm # 210,[02.07.2006 post] 01'08'', 5 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

These dynamic videos show how the moving picture adds a dimension that the photograph must conspire with imagination to provide.

The Heisenberg Principle held in sub-atomic physics that the act of measuring/observing changed the thing observed. This metaphor can be taken too literally, when on the level of large objects it loses its accuracy. Yet when we view moving people, the act of viewing alters the thousands of ideas we mentally incorporate into one still image of one person skating (running).

I personally am intrigued but uncertain that extensions of the metaphor (as in the semi-representational "descent of a staircase") offer a different way of seeing. A voodle, by contrast, offers a way of seeing adorned only by the artist's choice a place to point the camera, and the subsequent choice of which camera-points to show.

The result still requires the metaphoric conspiracy to "see" the images as "people skating", but the
conspiracy seems "purer" or "more real", precisely because the artfulness of the abstract has been stripped away.

Hepepe is an ideal choice for the music here. This Budapest artist makes fascinating music, which is both experimental and accessible.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:34:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert said...

Superbly done! A luminous dance of wheeled docu-voodle delight. Deep admiration of your skating and filming skills, too!

Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:52:00 pm  

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