Thursday, April 30, 2009

On fast-forward long take voodling (inbound)

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"The laws of Voodling are subject to the more general laws of habit. Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence. Breathing is habit. Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits, since the individual is a succession of individuals; the world being a projection of the individual’s consciousness, the pact must be continually renewed, the letter of safe-conduct brought up to date. The Voodling of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day."

Habits can appear to be quite extravagant while at the same time remaining just what they are: almost quotidian pathways to be trotted. Nevertheless, Sam Renseiw consciously realises the magnificence of the view(s) every time anew, with awe and humility. Sometimes an urban bicycle trip unfolds like a fairy tale. And worth to remember, as stable conditions of departure and return suddenly might mutate to more bleak settings. View the condensed randonee pedale by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 684, 06'27'', 53.7MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a more fixed deep focus on figure/ground relationships. (Lum # 199, "deep focus & figure" 01'00'', 9MB, Quicktime/mov

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

On fast-forward long take voodling (outbound)

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"Doing it in one" is a brave cinematographic choice a Voodler can make. Without shooting coverage you are leaving yourself zero options in post production. You have to get the vision in your brain to happen in three dimensional space right there on the day. And you also have to hope that that initial vision is compelling and will flow... "

Nothing brave in this long shot, actually, muses Sam Renseiw, as the path is a familiar and well proven one. No need for inner visions, except for outer attention; The recorded long take even leaves an interesting option, as time still can by manipulated in post production. View the first part of Sam's canned & condensed, almost quotidian morning race (including the scrunched diegetic soundtrack) unfolding by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 681, 05'40'' 53.2MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a view from the inside of (another) fast moving object in space. ( Lum #198 "high flying outbound " 01'00'', 7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

On the long (almost) steady-cam voodle-take

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" The aesthetic qualities of Voodling are to be sought in its power to lay bare the realities [...] Only the impassive lens, stripping its object of all those ways of seeing it, those piled up preconceptions, that spiritual dust and grime with which my eyes have covered it, is able to present it in all its virginal purity to my attention and consequently to my love. By the power of Voodling, the natural image of a world that we neither know nor can know, urbanity at last does more than imitate art: she imitates the Voodler."

Endorsing Bazin's preferences for the authenticity of the long take, Sam Renseiw proceeded to walk the line in Oslo this Monday: While the actual purpose of the visit failed to come to terms, a fine moment of reality remains recorded from that day... Dean can, after all mean so many things...James Dean crashed straight on, while Sam keeps on Voodling without a cause, not taking charge of any administration. View the almost endless perambulate with underlapped Snatch Tape mix by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 683, 04'03'', 39MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video feature contrasting indoor footage with a fine development of the counter-shot technique. (lum # 197 " the counter-shot" , 01'00'', 7 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

On local sakura & out-door tatami shots

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" One thesis is that a Voodle is like a distorting mirror, or the coloured sweet wrapper. Like the distorting mirror or sweet wrapper, it releases us from a certain narrow or conventional way of seeing the world. It creates and also does not create the reality which exists within the borders of the footage. What matters crucially, however, is the way it does this. Before I pursue that line of thought any further, I want to come at the issue of Voodling from another angle. One might think that all one has to do is point a camera in any direction and press the shutter. What does it matter what you Voodle, or how? And yet it matters immensely. The agonizing thing, which any Voodler will tell you is how hard it is to record significant footage. In that particular mood, fleeing from the mundane, you look around a space — or up and down a street — and all you see is a chaotic world of jumble and rubble. From all sides one is assailed by the accidental, the pointless brute existence of things, even in exquisite parks "

Following the local trail of cherry blossoms, Sam Renseiw stumbled straight into the crowded, annual Sakura Festival at Langelinie. Free- voodling in Ozu's tatami shot height (aka the picnic blanket view) albeit in a genuinely more restless way, Sam later concocted the footage into a lone visual hanami experience. View a bout of mono no aware by clicking here or on the links above. (patafafilm # 682, 03'00, 26.8 MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video likewise features local hanami. (Lum # 196, " langelinie sakura '09 '', 01'00'', 6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

On the revolution(s) of everyday life

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"Spontaneity is the mode of existence of creativity; not an isolated state, but the unmediated experience of subjectivity. Spontaneity concretizes the passion for creation and is the first moment of its practical realization: the precondition of Voodle, of the impulse to re-view the world in accordance with the demands of radical subjectivity. The qualitative exists wherever creative spontaneity manifests itself. It entails the direct communication of the essential. It is Voodle's chance. A crystallization of possibilities, a multiplier of knowledge and practical potential, and the proper modis operandi of space awareness. Its criteria are sui generis. The qualitative leap precipitates a chain reaction; Voodling is the organizer of creative spontaneity to the extent that it reinforces spontaneity's hold on reality. Voodling is an act which engenders new realities..."

Yet it all devellops from the apparent banality of the quotidian, muses Sam Renseiw while montaging recorded intricacies of around-mermaid-revolving moves. View the ritual assessment of an indian spring by cliking here or on the links above.(patafilm # 680, 02'39'', 27.4 MB, Quciktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features controlled revolutions, passing by (Lum # 195 " 01'00'', 6.3 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Monday, April 13, 2009

On the simple joys of not moving

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"To voodle and walk is to lack a place. It is the indefinite process of being absent and in search of an appropriation. The voodling about that the city multiplies and concentrates makes the city itself an immense social experience of lacking a place- an experience that is, to be sure, broken up into countless tiny deportations, compensated for by the relationships and intersections of these exoduses that intertwine and create an urban fabric, and placed under the sign of what ought to be, ultimately, the place but is only a name, the City."

As the conscious practice of voodling everyday life may [also] lead to simple, yet effective tactics to stay phenomenologically put, Sam Renseiw remained at home. View the cut-up footage become the ennobling of Balconia into a sunny, situationist eldorado-deportation by clicking here or on links above. (patafilm # 678, 01'36'', 14.5MB, Quicktime/mov - other versiona at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video reflects a short, abridged moment of walking in the city, continuing the enlightning tactics of voodle practice in everyday life. (Lum # 193 " dog-bridge-train" 00'56'', 6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

On travelling and camera phenomenology

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" The general absence of characters in [Patalab's] Voodles reflects but one part of the ongoing research into a visual morphology of body and space. On one hand, the main concerns centre around efforts to depict more realistic points of views in the recording of movements through space(s); On the other, there are the continuous attempts to establish feeble visual languages devoid of the "talking-heads-in-frames" as conforming to TV and Hollywood standard scenario of story telling. The actual meaning in voodling remains in the factual flow of images, conveying a possible haptic massage with the overlay and inclusion of non-diegetic soundtracks. Basically, Voodles remain a poetics of spontaneously crafted visual antidotes, camouflaged as meaningless placebo video"

Conscious of the apparent futility of the whole voodling endeavour in the midst of the flooding of moving imagery in the web, Sam Renseiw stubbornly maintains a level of consistent ongoing research with the regularity of the postings. After almost five years of activity, the endeavour nevertheless takes its toll in the midst of the present crisis. View yet another walking attempt to capture the quotidian by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 677, 03'56'', 32MB, Quickltime/mov - other versions and feeds at )

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video actually features moving characters in a fixed frame, thus enabling some sort of reading of bodies in space (Lum # 192 " the art elevator" 01'00'' 7MB, Quicktime/mov)

Spring and season greetings! Thank you for watching. Best, Sam.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

On minor complications in Voodling practice

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"This kind of research is sometimes complicated by the fact that Voodle practices themselves alternately exacerbate and disrupt our logics. Its regrets are like those of the poet, and like him, it struggles against oblivion: "And I forgot the element of chance introduced by circumstances, calm or haste, sun or cold, dawn or dusk, the taste of strawberries or abandonment, the half-understood message, the front page of newspapers, the voice on the telephone, the most anodyne conversation, the most anonymous man or woman, everything that speaks, makes noise, passes by, touches us lightly, meets us head on."

Trying eagerly to maintain a daily struggle against oblivion, Sam Renseiw edits quotidian footage attempting to integrate vital elements of chance, hapticity and serendipity into each individual crafted voodle. View today's concoction with fine Snatch Tape excerpts and a seal of fraudulence by cliking here or on the links above. (pataflm # 676, 02'57'', 22.9Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at Bliptv)

Today's two(!) Bonus Lumiere Videos feature each delicate spring shoots in a Copenhagen Park. (Lum # 190 " spring session" and Lum # 191 " spring session 2" both 01'00'' , 7MB, Quicktime/mov - click on the Lum # for view)

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

On the practice of (almost) everyday voodling

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"In order to grasp the formal structure of this practice, I have carried out two sorts of investigations. The first, more descriptive in nature, has concerned certain ways of voodling that were selected according to their value for the strategy of the analysis, and with a view to obtaining fairly differentiated variants: 'pataphysical practices, practices related to urban spaces, utilizations of everyday rituals, re-uses and functions of the memory through the "medias" that make possible (or permit) everyday practices, etc. In addition, other investigations have tried to trace the intricate forms of the operations proper to the recompositon of spaces by familial practices, on the one hand, and on the other, to the tactics of the art of voodling, which simultaneously organizes a network of relations, poetic ways of "making do" (bricolage), and a re-use of everyday structures."

Reflecting on the nature of fluid interfaces in everyday life, Sam Renseiw pondered on the question of the development of a sixth sense's in future voodling. Passing reflecting puddles, various navigation vehicles and even crossing a fluid gap, Sam captured formal structures the old fashioned way. View the unfolding promenade with parallel Exurb by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 675, 03'11'', 25.4MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features traffic on a fluid interface. (Lum # 189, "fluid interface " 01'00'', 7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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