Sunday, March 15, 2009

On voodle impressions and interpretations

click for video. Quicktime / flash / direct streaming for PC

" 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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Blogger CafĂ© P11 said...


Sunday, March 15, 2009 9:15:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

hi sam, today I stumbled over this one: 'A voodle (video doodle) is generally footage which although visually pleasing or interesting may not be considered a short film or documentary etc. These videos are often released as tests or examples because there is no other reason for their existence. Well now there is, they are voodles and deserve to be recognised!

If you would like your voodles adding to the channel please link to them in the shoutbox'.


Saturday, March 28, 2009 5:59:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, indeed. i have seen that definition, but it appeared after the voodle term had allready circulated for a while.
it sems it is vimeo's (or somebody in there) definition, as some of patalab uploads maybe seemed to strange to grasp. (it looked like test footage... my first upload there was indeed a high-definition test. >
(a lumiere in a way)

Sunday, March 29, 2009 2:46:00 pm  

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