Sunday, March 29, 2009

On culinary voodling with dance bits

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" In this way, if we repeat the principal states of Voodling, the figure of a dancer - moving a foot, in mid-air, pirouetting - will even when not possessing its own trajectory or offering a dynamic sensation, be much more like a dancer, and much more like dancing, than would a single figure frozen in just one of the states that build up a movement. The Voodle therefore can be invaded and pervaded by the essence of the subject. It can be obsessed by the subject to the extent that it energetically invades and obsesses the public with its own values. It will not exist as a passive object over which an unconcerned viewer can take control for its own enjoyment. It will be an active thing that imposes its own extremely free essence on the viewers, though this will not be graspable with the insipid facility common to all videos that are too faithful to ordinary reality. To further this study of reality multiplied in its volumes, and the multiplication of the lyrical plastic sensation of these, we have conceived a method of Voodling, highly original in its mechanical means, which we have already made known to some of our friends."

Somehow futuristic, extravagant and certainly very moving, the performance and the various dishes pervaded Sam Renseiw with an exquisite fine flow of haptic encounters.(with some quite radical surprises, though) View the culinary docu-voodle complete with concrete nipples-in-the-bowl by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 679, 06'08'', 52.2 MB, quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features more free roaming footage from Madeleine's, albeit captured fixed & under the table. (Lum # 188 " table footage " 01'00'', 7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On cognition and space voodling

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"4.111 Voodling is not one of the video arts. (The word 'voodle' must mean something whose place is above or below the video arts, not beside them.) 4.112 Voodling aims at the logical clarification of video imagery. Voodling is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A Voodle work consists essentially of elucidations. Voodling does not result in 'video propositions', but rather in the clarification of propositions. Without Voodling moving images are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct, even in High-Definition mode: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries, sometimes through the use of blur. 4.113 Voodling sets limits to the much disputed spheres of VJ'ing and vloging.4.121 Voodles show the logical form of reality. They display it. 4.1212 What can be shown, cannot be said."

Further dabbling with attempts to circumscribe the nature(s) of voodling, Sam Renseiw paraphrases some of Ludwig W's propositions into voodle transpositions, while assembling a species of spaces (with familiar resemblance) into a duck-rabbit like spatial voodle construct. View the figuration with fine submar scape by clicking here or on the links above - while remembering that: "My Voodles serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognises them as nonsensical" (patafilm # 673, 06'25'', 41MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video deals with the illustration of a language game, as seen at a recent exhibition. ( Lum # 187," image raking" 01'00, 7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

On glimpses of space and duration

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"... We observe outside us at a given moment a whole system of simultaneous positions; of the simultaneities which have preceded them nothing remains. To put duration in space is really to contradict oneself and place succession within simultaneity. Hence we must not say that external things endure, but rather that there is in them sonic inexpressible reason in virtue of which we cannot examine them at successive moments of our own duration without observing that they have changed. But this change does not involve succession unless the word is taken in a new meaning on this point we have noted the agreement of voodling and common sense. Thus in consciousness we find states which succeed, without being distinguished from one another; and in space simultaneities which, without succeeding, are distinguished from one another, in the sense that one has ceased to exist when the other appears. Outside us, mutual externality without succession ; within us, succession without mutual externality."

Intuitively splicing together clips of recently voodled footage, Sam Renseiw ponders on the measure(s) of time, in some spaces; If real duration can only be experienced by intuition, voodling might be one (of many) speculative modes of inquiry, opening a dynamic relation between idea and existing reality. View the concocted flow of images from inner and outer space(s) by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 672, 03'42'', 28MB, Quikctime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a more defined space, with precise movements. (Lum # 186, 00'50'' "descent" 6.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On train of thoughts and voodling

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"If we could analyze impressions and images of voodle, or what voodling contributes to an image, we should soon enter into a region of the purest sort of phenomenology a phenomenology without phenomena; or, stated less paradoxically, one that, in order to know the productive flow of images, need not wait for the phenomena of the imagination to take form and become stabilized in completed images. In other words, since voodle is not an object, a phenomenology of voodling would refer us directly to our imagining consciousness. In analyzing images of voodles we should realize within ourselves the pure being of pure imagination. It then becomes clear that works of art are the byproducts of this existentialism of the imagining being. In this direction of daydreams in voodling, the real product is consciousness of enlargement."

Daydreaming on a day-trip to Lund, Sam Renseiw nevertheless followed the train of thoughts into sketchy atempts at uplifting activities. Enjoy the passage of imagery in space with added Gurditation by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 671, 04'13'', 33MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video feature an active swedish street reverie, almost a lucid dream. ( Lum # 185 " crossings 3 " 01'00'' 6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

On voodle impressions and interpretations

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" Interpretation does not, of course, always prevail. In fact, a great deal of voodles maybe understood as motivated by a flight from interpretation. To avoid interpretation, voodle may become parody. Or it may become abstract. Or it may become ("merely") decorative. Or it may become non-voodle. The flight from interpretation seems particularly a feature of abstract video. Abstract video is the attempt to have, in the ordinary sense, no content; since there is no content, there can be no interpretation. Voodle works by the opposite means to the same result; using a content so blatant, so "what it is," it, too, ends by being uninterpretable."

What is important now is to recover our senses, muses Sam Renseiw, quoting Sontag again and paraphrasing further: "We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more. Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a voodle, much less to squeezes more content out of the work than is already there. The task is to cut back content so that one can see [the] thing at all". ...In today's voodle two distinct spaces are juxtaposed. Click here or on links above to view the merging of footage and space. (patafilm # 670, 02'42'', 22MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at Blip-tv)

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features an ultra-short moment of simple complexity. ( Lum # 184,"urban crossings " 00'23'', 3.5MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

On not-knowing and voodling

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" Voodling is a process of dealing with not-knowing, a forcing of what and how.... The not-knowing is crucial to art, is what permits art to be made. Without the scanning process engendered by not-knowing, without the possibility of having the mind move in unanticipated directions, there would be no invention.... The not-knowing is not simple, because it's hedged about with prohibitions, roads that may not be taken. The more serious the voodler, the more problems he takes into account and the more considerations limit his possible a not-knowing curiosity might be a way of seeing one's way out of a place. Sort of looking beyond, lusting with the eye... and: if we don't call it art, it's usually more interesting."

Inspired by a recent post from Solublefish, Sam Renseiw promptly and enthusiastically collaged left-over footage into a fragmented, Barthelme-like piece of cut-up work of bodies in space(s). View the content - against interpretation -just a glimpse of something, an encounter like a flash, by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 669, 04'08'', 32MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video feature a quieter ride, looking out. ( Lum # 183, " towards Osaka " 01'00'', 7 MB, Quicktime /mov)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

On place & memory in a moving image

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" I travelled for four more hours to Belo Horizonte this Sunday morning. The heat & humidity were tropical, while it was freezing cold on my balcony. I stayed indoors, having a long and warm conversation with E. She also showed me her dog, barking in the garden, from the balcony. The fleeting image of the dog kept on lingering in my mind & blended with memory snippets of E. entering the the air-conditioned room & closing the door. "

In the attempt to gather some contours of space and movement, Sam Renseiw, stretched a snippet of skyped Brazilian time and re-framed it. To view the resulting elongated morphology of body and space click here or on the links above. (patafilm # 668, 04'37'', 30,2MB, Quicktime/mov - Other versions on

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features another passage, yet, it is not an Embraer (Lum # 182, "passage " 00'31'', Quicktime/mov)

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

On altered, descriptive contemplation

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" Patalab's voodles closely follow Mr. Palomar's thematic triad: the first type of voodles are chiefly concerned with visual experiences and tend to be purely descriptive; the second deal with anthropological and cultural themes, and the experience involves, apart from visual experiences, language, signs, symbols and added soundtracks. These voodles have a tendency to develop into narratives of sort; The third delineate more speculative experiences, relating these to larger questions on the nature of cosmos, time, infinity, the relationships between ego and world, between mind and matter. From being a descriptive and narrative voodle, it can mutate into something more meditative. Sometimes a voodle becomes a blend of the above themes, and might extends the contemplative nature even further. "

Convinced about the expanding benefits of travelling while staying at home, Sam Renseiw recorded snippets of a skyped visit to an interior space in Belo Horizonte; What appears like a simple set of mashed-up image(s), is a rather complex spatial phenomena shrinking time. Click here to view the amalgam or on the links above. (patafilm # 667, 02'36'', 20,5MB, Quicktime/mov -other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a simple (sub) urban set-up, on the other side of the globe. A type one voodle, actually: purely descriptive. (lum # 181, 00'54, 7.1MB, Quicktime/mov)

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