Saturday, July 04, 2009

On the patamatics of interior voodle gaze

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

" To live is to leave traces. In the interior these are emphasised. An abundance of covers and protectors, liners and cases are devised, on which the traces of objects of everyday use are imprinted. The traces of the occupant also leave their impressions on the interior....I can thus feel myself under the gaze of someone whose eyes I do not see, not even discern. From the moment this gaze exists, I am already something other, in that I feel myself becoming an object for the gaze of others. But in this position, which is a reciprocal one, others also know that I am an object who knows himself to be seen. "

Architecture is not simply a platform that accommodates the viewing subject. It is also a viewing mechanism that might produce the subject. It precedes and frames its occupants, and certainly exerts a moving theatricality in the expansive patamatics of the voodling gaze. View the cornered moves in a famed Nordic interior by clicking here or immerse first in Brut Smog's fine analytic dissection of voodling. (patafilm # 697b, 06'35'', 55.3MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a serene moment of a walkway into a lake, recorded from a quite famous hut. (Lum # 208 " alvar's pond " 00'49'', 6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger gurdonark said...

Indeed, we all do play a little bit.
I really enjoyed this one, because it felt the way all tours feel to me-interesting for their content, yes, but more interesting for the ambient detail all around the tour.

Yet even in the tour narrative, it is easy for me to understand why the first chair a fellow bought with his first fee might be his favorite chair.

No tour can go awry when accompanied by Sibelius.

Saturday, July 04, 2009 1:34:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you :-)
sibelius, indeed, just a tweeked excerpt.
more aalto investigations to come.

Saturday, July 04, 2009 2:49:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

we all play, view and listen...
yet horror strikes me when i think of guided tours because the tour narrator often demands full concentration and hence allows no other deeper experience (of an environment) to occur other then the verbal information he or she provides. this i get unfortunately confirmed over and over again when traveling with students. i ask them after a guided tour to refer to their experience and what they tell me is what they have heard - not what they 'have seen on their own'.

i do not like guided tours and try to avoid them, but when confronted with such events - and since i'm not a believer of human multitasking - i do often choose to 'look out distractedly' instead (and to buy a book about the subject when i'm back home). this outlook is in fact no distraction but the only way for me to overcome 'information for its own sake' - the only way to feed on the atmosphere inherent in the place i visit.

what this voodle so explicit shows is what in reality is so difficult to achieve; a lack of artistic view is searching the environment distractedly, in juvenile style it is looking for serendipity and insights or simple awareness. all the while the narrator is partaking in what we experience, but he plays another role now... he's not determining the whole of information we gather but his words instead become new inspiration in combination with what we see.

the voodle as a paradox - again. always subtle in its nature, always precise in its content and always surprising and beautiful when manufactured by sam renseiw...


Monday, July 06, 2009 3:28:00 pm  

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