Sunday, August 03, 2008

On the inhabitation of staged-set spaces

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"How are we to inhabit/This space from which the fourth wall is invariably missing,/As in a stage-set or dollhouse, except by staying as we are,/In lost profile, facing the stars, with dozens of as yet/Unrealized projects, and a strict sense/Of time running out, of evening presenting/The tactfully folded-over bill?"

Sometimes a voodle may have the distinctive qualities of a Lumiere video; Yet, the subtleties of errant, limpid silence seem to prevail, ponders Sam Renseiw, returning with fresh footage from a short trip south. View the framed fixation with added soundscape by clicking here or try to turn the sound off.(patafilm#614, 01'14'',7.3Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features some more potent traffic on the way to the starting line ( Lum # 133, "cph. historic grand prix 08", 01'00'', 5.1Mb, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video re-play supplement features a two year old night-concert.( patafilm #218, 01'47''[26.07.2006 post], 8.2 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

Lumiere 133, with the little cars zipping by, reminds me of so many "events" on Saturday mornings about to begin--dam-breaks of cyclists, or rivers of marathon runners. Perhaps there is a togetherness in the shared experience of a race--it is a "framed" event, in a plotted and adventurous setting: a kind of relief from the lumiere quaity of ordinary experience.

When I walk in parks in Europe with row-planted trees without significant under-story plants, I always feel that kind of bleakness not that far removed from the arctic chill of Nakjaarna's music. I am not destined to walk the tuilleries of life, but instead the wild, unkept gardens of color stretching without pattern across a landscape. Yet not every wonderful garden is a plush garden, I find great pleasure in broad, quiet spaces

Two fine films, a lumiere that speaks, and a soundtrack recording that sweeps one up in silence.

Sunday, August 03, 2008 5:10:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

it would have been so easy to plant ones feet heavy into that space and shuffle its ground in order to voodle it slowly... trying to capture its weight, depth, airiness and shallowness...
yet you let the lumiere-voodle view us the desire a space like that evokes in us... and that is a marvelous and beautiful thing to do and it brings us very very close to that space!

ashbery's surrealism turns hyperreal - yet, architecture 'knew' that already since it's only true aim isn't the frame and the destination but the firework...


Monday, August 04, 2008 6:19:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

> gurdonark:
"quiet spaces" are such fine recordings of the superb texan wilderness. so much different than danish landscape. i must admit that my knowledge of texan nature is somewhat limited. thank you for opening my eyes to the beauty of it.

> lomeg_rom:
the platan trees in the park at the mathildenhohe in darmstadt are embeddedin in a very defined, simple architectural space. the trees are very high, some 90 years old , and arrranged on a steep, sloped ground. viewed from the terrasse, the perspective is quite stunning and somehow surprisingly distortive, when people move in the space.
(architect: joseph maria olbrich.

Monday, August 04, 2008 7:37:00 pm  
Blogger Aaron Valdez said...

Amazing. I can't figure out why some simple things, people moving through space evoke an emotional response in me. But this does it. Carry on.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008 4:22:00 am  
Blogger gurdonark said...


The kind folks at ccmixter made me their "featured artist" this month, and mixter Spinmeister did an extensive interview with me.

Both in the excerpt appearing in the mixter and, of course, in the full interview, I was able to share how fond I am of the work you do, in a[n] (unforgivably long) interview:

Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:04:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you robert!

congratulations for the "featured artist" and the interview. ( most instructive, many generous and kind insights, and certainly: not long at all). Thank you also for the kind words on my (still fumbling) visual work.

As always, your fine compositions have a distinctive serendipituous effect when i try to edit some footage.
Your recent track "thanks flo kirby", contributed intriguingly to the cutting-up/editing of the # 616 video. (posting it on august 7)
The spoken word(s) and the syncopated sound effects gave this short piece a surprising dimension, permitting a whole array of new reflection(s)... enabling to re-assess my impression(s) of Gursky's works in a new setting, re-configuring the many thoughts into some oblique, ambiguous side-traks. Thus, resulting in a voodle with a quite different "story-line", offsetting a descriptive approach and transposing it into a more pataphysical realm. Remembering Musil's work, while currently reading Denis Grozdanovitch's " "Reveurs et Nageurs".

Thursday, August 07, 2008 12:15:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert said...

Utterly beautiful.

Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:57:00 pm  

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