Sunday, July 26, 2009

On architectural investigations & anthologies

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"Voodled images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or even download.[...] In a way, while teaching us new visual codes, voodles enlarge our notion of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar and, even more important, an ethics of seeing[...] Finally, the most grandiose result of the voodling enterprise is to give us the sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads - as an anthology of moving images."

"Maybe so", muses Renseiw, paraphrasing Sontag, while visiting a well preserved, and still functioning sanatorium, " but an anthology will still remain fragmented". View the moving escalation to the top floor by clicking here, or on the links above.( patafilm # 702, 04'34'', 40.9MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features the popular theme of flora and fauna, here in an restrained, in-door version. (Lum # 213, 01'00'', " flora & fauna, indoor " 6.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

t is impossible to write of the
rhythmic possibilities that the infinite variety of shapes possessed by natural objects contain, except to point out how necessary the study of
nature is for this. Variety of shape is one of the most difficult things
to invent, and one of the commonest things in nature. However
imaginative your conception, and no matter how far you may carry your
design, working from imagination, there will come a time when studies
from nature will be necessary if your work is to have the variety that
will give life and interest. Try and draw from imagination a row of elm
trees of about the same height and distance apart, and get the variety
of nature into them; and you will see how difficult it is to invent. "On examining your work you will probably discover two or three pet forms repeated, or there may be only one. Or try and draw some cumulus clouds from imagination, several groups of them across a sky, and you will find how often again you have repeated unconsciously the same forms"
--Harold Speed

When we lived in California, we lived just down the hill frm the sanitorium in which the actor Bela Lugosi died. The sanitorium had been pulled down, and a supermarket put into its place.

When we pull down the associations of video, and focus on the shape and line of images, we see not only our own associations [hospital bed, trees from a window, shapes of edges of strcutures] but also the things themselves, the infinite variety of structures, the spaces between them.

We are not called upon so much to have this particular association or to see this particular literary reference. We can just see the camera pan, process it in mind along with the music, and await the next image.

For me, if I must instead provide a "plot", I'll say that my own plot was to wish I were standing outside, with binoculars, trying to glimpse that singing bird.

Fine video. Great subject matter.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 3:45:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you robert, for the (as always ) very inspiring comments!

> "When we lived in California, we lived just down the hill frm the sanitorium in which the actor Bela Lugosi died. The sanitorium had been pulled down, and a supermarket put into its place."

and for this description: in the two sentences there is a whole movie. (and a great one, with lugosi, ed wood, and the spaces of two buildings.

i suppose that the sanatorium probably might have a similar appearance as the one filmed in Paimio.
as for the supermarket, i sort of imagine a large box, something like an average snall wallmart.
see >

Monday, July 27, 2009 10:13:00 pm  

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