Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On the everlasting flow of things

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" The everlasting universe of things / Flows through the mind, and rolls its rapid waves, / Now dark—now glittering—now reflecting gloom—/ Now lending splendour, where from secret springs / The source of human thought its tribute brings / Of waters, with a sound but half its own.../ I seem as in a trance sublime and strange / To muse on my own separate phantasy, / My own, my human mind, which passively / Now renders and receives fast influencings, / Holding and unremitting interchange / With the clear universe of things around; ...// The secret strength of things / Which governs thought, and to the infinite dome / Of heaven is as a law, inhabits thee! / And what were thou, and earth, and stars, and sea, / If to the human mind's imaginings / Silence and solitude were vacancy?"

This post concludes the year's uploaded moving imagery; Thank you, viewers for your kind patience and elaborate, inspiring comments. Thank you, fellow Vloggers and Voodlers for your own inspiring video posts. The very best wishes for a prosperous, imaginative, creative and inspiring new year. Yours, Sam. (patafilm # 355, 04'12'', 27.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Todays Double Bonus Lumiere Video features (A) an illuminated shed and then (B) some more humane moves. (Lum # 172, 00'37'', 3.2Mb, Quicktime/mov // Lum # 173, 01'00'', 6.2MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger Steven Ball said...

Thanks Sam for your prolific voodling, generous comments and encouragement. Looking forward to more in the years of 09 and the Ox!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:30:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

"Ghosts of Things that Are...."

When I visited Kyoto, during a February business trip a couple of years ago, I thought the Golden Temple both smaller than I had day-dreamed and more picturesque.

On that day, the landscape behind made a postcard-picture in my mind, a form of a greater temple in my mind.

Isn't this the way of so many things? Things disappoint and excite, all at once. With compassion and a generous eye, one can dine on the disappointment and convert it all to a bemused excitement.

Perhaps the secret to this form of "eternal life" lies in the moment--in the experience. One of my inspirations is the musical genius Harry Partch, who said:

"STATEMENT : Words cannot proxy for the experience of knowing -- of seeing and hearing. The concept of this work inheres in the presence of the instruments on stage, the movements of musicians and chorus, the sounds they produce, the actuality of actors, of singers, of mimes, of lights; in fine, the actuality of truly integrated theater. These introductory pages consist largely of technical data. They contain no argument, no exposition. I feel that the only investigation that has genuine integrity is the seen and heard performance."

In this voodle, I am entranced by the dance steps, by the effortless imaginings I have about the dancers, by the exotic nature of the very normalcy/universality of the dance moves.

I see the woman walking around what I know to be a temple, and yet it could be a cause, or a school, or a bonfire, and it would not matter--for I am walking behind a banner, whatever flag it flies.

This is perhaps a lesson your voodle teaches, as surely as the fanciful home-made instruments of Harry Partch. It is not about the imagining of what might be--it is about the actuality of what is on the "stage" one sees. If we are all merely players, then I learn each day, our lines are not nearly as important as the backdrop, and
the kindness of a willing audience.

A happy New Year, and a joyous 2009 to come. May you invent the cloud marimbas of the inner mind, and play them with mallets made of dreams.

Thursday, January 01, 2009 5:08:00 am  
Blogger Robert Croma said...

Ah, Sam...we love you! A poem of exquisite beauty. And a supreme finale to 08's great artistic flow.

SpaceTwo really does show the way. To see, to feel, to render and interpret, to move and deepen. An honour to visit and view your fabulous art. Happiness, serenity and passionate creativity for 09. And a wave from London.

Thursday, January 01, 2009 4:44:00 pm  
Blogger Kerry said...

Wonderful and inspiring video. A great finale to 2008 and and inspiring way to start 2009.

Thursday, January 01, 2009 11:09:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

For all the glorious moves still to come! All the Best for 2009! Your friends from the North

moi and b.k.

Friday, January 02, 2009 11:54:00 am  
Blogger Jimi B. said...

Sam, l'année 09, belle, heureuse et voodeleuse !

Amitiés, Jimi

Friday, January 02, 2009 8:37:00 pm  
Blogger Philip Sanderson said...

Yes (a little belatedly) thanks and Happy New Year

Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:24:00 pm  
Blogger zoe tati said...


zoe is back on the blog

Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:23:00 pm  

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