Sunday, August 23, 2009

On slow petanque voodling

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

" Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (piglet). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass or other surfaces. Sandy beaches are not suitable. Similar games are bocce and bowls. Pétanque is generally associated with southern France, particularly Provence, whence it originates. It is the most played sport in Marseille. The casual form of the game of Pétanque is played by about 17 million people in France (mostly during their summer vacations). "

The game is also played in Denmark, muses Sam Renseiw loudly, joining fellow players (including Zoe Tati) for a slow, yet passionate partie in Kongens Have. Join the exclusive club if you'r in town: Idé suffix's grand master might even make you a carrying case, if he is not busy flying at The Decorate School of Corrective Art while a.k.a'ing as Vlad Flan) Click here to view or on the links above. (patafilm # 718, 02'40'', 30 MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video further sheds light on the petanque subject in a shadowy manner. (Lum # 221, 00'53'' " the petanque discussion" 7MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Blogger Rupert said...

i *love* pétanque.
i feel inspired to start playing here. i only ever play when visiting France.
i liked the ghosts playing in the lumiere, too. that's twice today you've made me think of ghosts.

Monday, August 24, 2009 12:34:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

re.: ghosts: interesting, indeed.

as most of the voodles are (more or less) consciously avoiding having people as primary objects in the frame, it is their traces that are mostly felt.

a sort of morphology that the bodies trace in space... maybe also a a sort of residue of presence, as the past has already set in when the video is made and then shown... a la recherche du temp perdu, in a way, while it happens

this nostalgia seems to set in while capturing the images... in this particular voodle, all persons involved ( except me, obviously) are concentrating on the game. i seem to notice the shadows, the magnificence of the set up with the wine bottle, the plastic pic-up player, the LP, the bench, ect. .. not surreal, but poetically real...

a beautiful summer evening... gone now, basically replicable, but never in exactly this particular casual set up...

so, yes, the ghost of a lovely petanque summer evening "haunts" visually.

Monday, August 24, 2009 8:05:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are both utterly lovely Sam ( and much more -the voodle achieves the thrown together quality only available to those who've been doing something for a very long time and are in total command of it).
The Lumiere, though, achieves sublimity: drama, elegance, beauty and poignancy all, within the fierce confines of the form.
My favourite Lumiere to date by anyone, anywhere.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 7:14:00 pm  

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