Sunday, November 30, 2008

On derive at World's End

click for video. Quicktime / .m4v for iPod/iPhone / direct streaming for PC

" I have neither the scholar's melancholy, which is emulation, nor the musician's, which is fantastical, nor the courtier's, which is proud, nor the soldier's, which is ambitious, nor the lawyer's, which is politic, nor the lady's, which is nice, nor the lover's, which is all these: but it is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry's contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. "

Editing morsels of recent footage, Sam Renseiw sudently struck with hefty melancholy, speculates on the possible futility of voodling, its frailty and non-object status in a world dominated by the tangible functional. Join a derive-like psychogeographic hike to World's End by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 646, 04'57'' 17.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a more prosaic derive, albeit in a artfull seting ( Lum # 166 "art-floor-cleaning" 00'54''; 8.47 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

lately I make images using the old computer programming language Logo, with the aucblogo freeware program.

Logo is, by design, spectacularly easy to use to have the cursor (a "turtle") draw geometric images, string-art for the mind.

I find that this is a new kind of visual solitaire for me, as I tweak the program steps to create different images.

Here as I watch this video, I am struck by the great asymmetries and alternative geometries that "real life" presents to the shape-watcher. Irregularities and regularities burst across the page, lit or unlit, wandering or imaged with a fixed and perhaps accelerated progress.

That's the joy of video--the recognizable imagery of "true life", coupled with the inherent abstraction of images into "forms", perhaps not Plato's forms, perhaps the form of a child's play dough set.

We climb the hill toward the stone house, but when we have reached it, we have before us but the sea and the sky.

Monday, December 01, 2008 3:57:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

hello robert! thanks. missed your comments btw.

as you can hear, the latest videos do not have any added soundtrack.

instead, experiments with altering the existing sound are made. also, the next 4 or five next videos will try to do that.

have not tried logo, but just read about reactable >
"sounds" very interesting.

Monday, December 01, 2008 9:13:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

I'm delighted to be more active again, after a combination of computer troubles and work demands diverted me from as much active enjoyment as usual.

I love that you experiment with sounds. It would be fun to sample the sounds and try to do something new with them.

I meant, by the way, to answer your recent e-mail,but somehow it disappared in the wonderful way that cyberspace things sometimes do, and the older e-mail I had for you did not work.

I will go check out reactable. Thanks for the cite! I love that the 'net is like this huge place for exploration; a great link at every turn.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 3:44:00 am  

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