Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On walking other alleys, reflecting

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

"There is no desire more natural than that of knowledge. We try all ways that can lead us to it; where reason is wanting, we therein employ experience, which is a means much more weak and cheap; but truth is so great a thing that we ought not to disdain any mediation that will guide us to it. Reason has so many forms that we know not to which to take; experience has no fewer; the consequence we would draw from the comparison of events is unsure, by reason they are always unlike. There is no quality so universal in this image of things as diversity and variety."

Voodling further with crummy, low definition footage, Sam Renseiw re-views other territories; View the first promenade architecturale of week 42's escapade, edited into a short visual essay in idleness by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 635, 03'02'', 16.1Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at Blip.tv)

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a fleeting moment of exotic encounter. (Lum # 156 " serendipitous geishas ",00'49''. 4.8 MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Bonus HD Video (-almost) features a serene moment, cornered. (pataHD # 02, 00'35'',16.7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger Steven Ball said...

Wonderful. This evokes the Japan that one hopes still exists, like the Japan of Ozu films (he would have kept his camera lower though). My only experience of Japan was a mad 12 hours mostly lost in Tokyo (lights, bars, traffic, taxis, taxis, taxis - a taxi jam in fact) and quite opposite to this idyll. Glad to see you took off your Australian boots too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:58:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thanks steven.
indeed, kyoto has it. and it is still most genuine, despite all cliches... i tried tokyo twice, but lasted only a day both times, then went happilly back to kyoto.

so: yes, more to come ozu like... unfortunately not HD, as i am having trouble de-compressing some of the files. (and finding adequate re-compression(s) settings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:10:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

re. the australian boots:
yes, i do have to get a new pair! their squeekiness is not tolerable on the soundrack anymore, but then again, it sort of evolves into some sort of audio- signature, i suppose

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:14:00 pm  
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:14:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

re.: the camera position:
actually it is held at waist level. the lady passing would be a midget by western standart(s), as she under 1,4 m.
i only realised this fully when editing. (the sliding doors are under 1.9m) so, all so called normative western perspective maters seem visually distorted, but areactually quite real.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:25:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

OK so no 'tatami shots' then. You must feel like a giant in those boots then!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:46:00 pm  
Blogger themattblack said...

I love the transition from outside to inside. It retroactively transforms the alley into an intimate familiar space instead of an foreign exotic one. I haven't been to Japan in fifteen years but this is exactly the Kyoto I remember.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:43:00 pm  
Blogger Philip Sanderson said...

" Spent some nights in old Kyoto Sleeping on the matted ground " as Mr Bowie would say if he were a lodger.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:48:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert said...

The glory of an essay in idleness. And what fabulous 'street' scenes. Filled with anticipation and wonder, (and necessary questions) as we follow the old woman, only to re-route to an interior dreamscape. Magnificent. What a place. Utterly fabulous accommodation, and great view. Thank god for crummy, low definition footage!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:16:00 pm  

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