Thursday, October 30, 2008

On outer and inner space walks (2)

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"The Master of Music, Gensho, who directed the music for festivals and ceremonies at Iwashimizu Shrine south of Kyoto, went to visit the shrine's holdings at Yoshikawa in Bitchu Province. On his return to the capital he stopped at Muro. While there he seemed about to die from a derangement of the spirit. Half the hair on his head turned as white as snow. Thinking this was something supernatural, he sought the help of a shaman. Speaking through this woman, the god of the Kibitsu Shrine said, "Although you frequently pass through this area, you never play your music for me. Therefore you are suffering in this way." Gensho quickly paid a visit to that shrine, and as he played the tunes secret to all but the emperor, his white hair returned to its normal color. One must say that he was a wonderful credit to his calling."

Flooded in footage, aware of kami and other influences, Sam Renseiw concocted a short tripthyc vodle from a visit to the Kiyomizu - dera Temple and adjacent shrines. View the fairly unedited promenade architecturale with interior inserts by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 638b, 03'12'', 15.4Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a waiting group of uniformed teenagers at the bottom of the Kiyomizu - dera Temple ( Lum # 159," group wait " 00'52'', 3.8MB, Qucktime/mov)

Today's Bonus Patafilm footage features a cryptic, overall sensuous and definitely semiotic walk on a sidewalk part of Kyoto's Kawaramachi-dori, apparently soon to be dug up. Enjoy. (patafilm # 638, 02'41'', 12.7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Anonymous Robert said...

I'm learning much from this series. I'm hoping there's more.

Richness and wonder...

Saturday, November 01, 2008 1:29:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you !
actually, me too:
musing(s) about duration, high definition v/s low-def, eye and hand, serendipity, and various ways of communication. and concepts of size, wabi-sabi and so on....

as always, the japanese have this fantastic ability to compress and shrink things. i was very impressed by the ubiquity of QR-codes everywhere, and how they where used. such fun, that for some reasons? has not yet reached the rest of the world.

Saturday, November 01, 2008 4:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert said...

Yes, I've wondered about QR codes. I find them quite fascinating and like you am surprised they've not kicked in here in any meaningful way (or maybe they have and I'm just missing it). Perhaps it's just a matter of time – as Einstein might say!

Wabi-sabi, funnily enough, was something I was discussing with someone just the other day. I really am going to have to get to Japan one day.

Saturday, November 01, 2008 10:01:00 pm  

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