Saturday, February 14, 2009

Introite nam et hic dii sunt

click for video: Quicktime / direct streaming for pc

"... A particular feature of this (docu) voodle is the unusual use of some narrative text. Yet, it neither dominates nor is it subjected to the image. Rather it is rhythmically interwoven with it in a crude way, together with the addition of a soundtrack. The original was a booklet, hand printed in only 21 copies... In a way, with this printed work we betrayed Gutenberg for McLuhan a long time ago. So there is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening..."

The booklet, an accompanying catalogue to an temporary installation work entitled "Architext" might as well be re-voodled decided Sam Renseiw, more than 16 years later (those where the days). View the crude montage with sound by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 663, 02'44'', 21.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a more recent up-lifted endeavour. ( Lum # 178 " towering asbestos "00'44'', 5Mb, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

Never underestimate the power of an interpretive booklet. The images of a "greater" exhibition are 2-dimensional renderings on the page, but they do not lack for their own power in this other, not lesser form. I do not claim that a picture of the Taj Mahal is the Taj Mahal, but that a picture of the Taj Mahal can be a great thing in its own right. I like the child's toy the Viewmaster, which permits one to see the image in 3-D, not because the 3-D is truly a simulation of life, but because the unreality it portrays is an alternative life worth viewing.

A lovely voodle. Captivating.

My wife and I spent our afternoon at the Dallas Museum of Art at an Olafur Eliasson exhibition, and I thought of Denmark, and of Iceland, so far away and yet not far in the simulations of thought and idea.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 11:38:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you. at the time, when the booklet was part of the project ( of which only parts are appearing in the actual -out-door- installation(s), it also did not function didactically in a traditional way, but featured a dada like cut-up universe.

uniting some visuals from duchamp (the door) over pictures from danish bourgois interiors from the 1920's, to some of robert fludd and anathasius kirchner's illuminations, and allusions to shinto foxes, from my frist trip to japan.

eliasson's work(s) are all indeed a treat to experience. both haptic and intellectually.
the exhibition in dallas is something that we did not have in denmark... yet.

Sunday, February 15, 2009 6:01:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

I like this new technique of juxtaposition. I had a fantasy of asking people all over the world to take images of their local public or monumental building, and then to put them together into a single city, a city as organized into sequential images, a city as random as the readers of one's weblog.

Monday, February 16, 2009 1:45:00 am  

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