Sunday, April 19, 2009

On local sakura & out-door tatami shots

click for video : Quicktime / .m4v for iPod/iTouch / direct streaming for PC

" 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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Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

in fact: the place was, indeed, crowded; thus the tatami/hip shot with swivel camera is ideal, albeit also adding a somehow childish perspective.
the trees in the lumiere are some 400 meters further ahead from langelinie.

Sunday, April 19, 2009 2:41:00 pm  
Blogger Robert Croma said...

Such a beautiful gem, Sam!!

Special indeed. Blossom as cloud formations against a brilliant blue sky. You let us drift in wonder and serenity through tradition and history and glorious apparel. Free voodling bliss. The low angle and childlike view belies the suggested vocal crowdings and crops to elegant beauty the passing forms. We are young again. Wide-eyed and wanting. Magnificent.

Sunday, April 19, 2009 11:07:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

breathtaking and outmost beautiful, sam!
you promised us something like this some 30 minutes ago when we split... yet this is by far more subtle then 'imagined'... indeed a generic voodle-voodle!!!

good to have seen you again and I look forward to the Oslo-footage...


ps: krysser fingrene og skal hilse fra 'moi'

Monday, April 20, 2009 7:03:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

In the Lumiere video there is a nice, almost uncanny, near-correlation between the figures moving right to left through the trees and the little disc on the QuickTime progress bar moving left to right across the bottom of the movie window.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:10:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

@steven: i tried the QTdisk / figurescorrelation out. It might well be, but i suppose that it might also have to do with the speed of the internet connection, then? anyway: a fine new way of consciously watching net videos. :-)
(re.tried it off-line: then, the disk is a small triangle, and yes, indeed it does. uncanny ...
( in the forthcomming video - one long bazinian travelling - it would be nice to see what happens)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:16:00 am  

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