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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