Thursday, February 26, 2009

On the semantics of portrait voodling

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

The hallmark "blur"—sometimes a softening, sometimes almost a hard smear —has two effects: 1. It offers the footage a painted appearance; and 2. Paradoxically, it testifies the voodler's editing actions, both skilled and coarse, and the plastic nature of the voodle itself. In some voodles blurs and smudges are severe enough to disrupt the footage; it becomes hard to understand or believe. The subject is nullified. In these voodles, images and symbols (such as landscapes, portraits, and other footage) are rendered fragile illusions, fleeting conceptions in our constant reshaping of the world."

Re-considering dogmas on documentary clarity, Sam Renseiw smudges portrait footage with virtual brush strokes. Posted the same day as Richter's London opening, the moving footage atempts to re-frame the semantic fixtures of the portrait voodle. Click here or on the links above to view. Patafilm # 665, 03'31'', 28.5MB, Quicktime/mov - Other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a quiet sunset, in a particular window. (Lum # 180, "setting" 00'59'', 6.6 MB, Quicktime/mov).
Sadly, this week one of the worlds finest architects passed away. A previously posted Lumiere captured his fine didactics in a public space.(lum # 176, "sverre's didactics " 0'59'', 6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

Here, too, the viewer has options and control. Focus in the center of the screen, and the experience of the blur on the periphery changes.
Focus on her face, and the experience changes again.

Also, I found myself intrigued with thoughts most notable for their irrelevance--"is she more attractive in blur, or in sharpened focus?" No matter how the images are constructed, a sense of story arises in thought.

The fjord was amazing. A perfectly restful lumiere.

These great Buddha loop soundtracks will finally get me to spring the modest money for my own Buddha machine :)

I think you should get into a another film festival or seminar this Summer, as this is beginning to look like an extremely good year to travel, and it would be fun to see Europe again!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:13:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you. sure, let's enter: and welcome to denmark, should you be passing north.

Saturday, February 28, 2009 8:49:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

something's happening, Sam... indeed, and that's very very interesting! didn't 'see' you for quite some time, and I'm glad to be 'back' now. hope everything is well and that we soon see again!!!

b.k. (med klem fra moi)

Friday, March 06, 2009 11:31:00 am  

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