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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Blogger Will Luers said...

Fantastic voodle. Glad to play a small part in the making. Not-knowing is the key. I sometimes forget that.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:13:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

Great voodle. The collage really works well here.

Barthelme's father was the architect who did the Texas Hall of State at the State Fair in Dallas.
It's one of many charming deco structures in its setting, unfragmented, complete, and anomalous.

Friday, March 13, 2009 7:06:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

well, not-knowing is one of the conditions that are so hard to remember...i should know, as i tend to emphasise it while teaching but forget it so often... thank you for the links and the discovery of pierre wayser's video work, btw.

regarding barthelme: had read some of his pieces long ago, but had forgotten his name. then some weeks ago here was a fine article in the new yorker, a review of a book about him. >
here a more recent review >

fun to read about barthelme growing up with his modernist architect father whims.
thanks for the link to the texas hall of state... a fine edifice, indeed.

regarding the voodle: inspired by both wayser and reading some more barthelme, i was able to put it together in under 20 minutes, from left-over footage on the hard-disk. it was a fine experience of letting go, and following the flow of creation.

when re- viewing it now, some days later, i realise that there is much more concern about space that i had thought just after it was finished... i guess i am concerned about space, its extends and how bodies might move through it... not-knowingly, there was some knowledge there, anyway.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 1:14:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

... voodling on contiguity, that is. not knowing is the fine sophistication of tuned intuition and affection...

this is a very beauteous and mesmerizing voodle sam!!! it is open yet at the same time very distinguished and precise: a language on its own!

ps: I just had a brief look on this other site. don't know anything about it... anyway, I'd like to write my view down - if you want me to. please don't forget to send me some background material...


Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:40:00 pm  
Blogger zoe tati said...

SPACETWO : PATALAB - august 2005
PATALAB.COM - december 2008

- wonder abut the utilization of the trademark PATALAB as domaine name, when so confusingly similar to other ( long existing and original in the buisness ) name...Where is fair play ?


Sunday, March 15, 2009 2:04:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

the establishment of and the fast aquisition of the label certainly reminds one that most architects are not creative at all but certainly master the attitude... jumping on trends long time after others have established them and cockyly claiming then as their own... for the moment with the curent global crisis, expect more shameless rip-offs of the sort.

Sunday, March 15, 2009 4:08:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

A curious thing, this
I have a lot of thoughts about it, but I doubt they differ in content or originality from anyone else's thoughts. If this is the appropriation without attribution that it appears to be, then that's unfortunate.

I'd rather think about films. I saw this film festival that looked of interest for your work. I find that by signing up for, I get notices about upcoming festivals, and this one was of Scandinavian interest:

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film
Category for feature narrative films longer than 50 minutes.
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Short Film
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Music Video
Category for music videos.
Feature Screenplay
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The Polar Film Festival highlights the best of international independent film. One third of all screening slots are reserved for features of Scandinavian/ Nordic origin. The Festival prioritizes low-budget films of independent spirit and new directing talent.

The best of Scandinavian and European cinema mixed with cutting-edge American independent and international film takes centre stage at the annual Polar Film Festival held in Turku, Finland.

Sponsored by three Scandinavian Film Councils and the EU Media Fund, the Festival plays in a major Scandinavian city every year. The Polar Film Festival is the premier independent film event in the Nordic countries.
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* If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film, although they may be mailed together.

Deadlines: Early (ending Jan 24), Regular (Jan 25 - Feb 21), Late (Feb 22 - March 21)
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1. The Polar Film Festival is open to international independent films in one of the following categories:

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2. To be eligible, a film or script entry must have been completed in 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008. All film entries must be submitted on DVD to be considered for selection and received by the entry deadline of April 10, 2009.

NTSC and PAL submissions will be accepted, as will Region 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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Best International Feature
Best Nordic Country Feature
Best International Documentary
Best Nordic Country Documentary
Best International Short Film
Best Nordic Country Short Film
Best International Short Documentary
Best Nordic Country Short Documentary
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Best Nordic Country Music Video
Best International Feature Screenplay
Best Nordic CountryScreenplay

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Monday, March 16, 2009 9:04:00 pm  

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