Sunday, September 27, 2009

On perception in moving pictures

"...Duality, I suggest, is the essence of representation. Ordinarily one can perceive both the picture as a thing and the thing pictured. There is optical information to specify the surface as such and, in the same array, information to specify a quite different layout of surfaces. There are thus two concurrent levels of surface perception and two corresponding levels of depth or space perception. One is the space in which the picture lies and the other is the space in which the objects pictured lie."

Pondering on how fast technology actually can upset some (older) conflicting theories of what a picture might be, Sam Renseiw recorded two short moving pieces on the morphology of body in space. The first one, uncut,is animated by the camera's sensitive auto focus. Click here on on the above links to activate. (patafilm # 724, 01'03, 14.6MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at version here

The second video, apparently a simple picture, reveals definitely more complicated layerings than apparent at first glance, complete with in-build visual technological glitches. Today's Bonus Lumiere Video condenses many spaces in a flatness with added sign-language (lum # 227 " almost perfect flat-screen" 01'00'', 13.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

On voodling epitome(s) in space

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“O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself.”

Entering a staged synopsis out-lay, Sam Renseiw proceeded to records some of the moving gestures taking place in the midst of roaming, randomized soundscapes. View the condensed ritual, hastily montaged, by cliking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 723, 02'12'', 28.4MB, Quicktime/mov -other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features more delineated egg footage, royal nevertheless. (Lum # 225 "modern footage ", 01'00'', 14.2MB, Quictime/mov)

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

On voodling degree zero

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" What is attempted [in some voodles] is to eliminate the intention to establish relationships and to produce instead an explosion of images…since…modern video…destroys the spontaneously functional nature of images, and leaves standing only its lexical basis... It initiates a discourse full of gaps and full of lights, filled with absences and over-nourishing signs, without foresight or stability of intention, and thereby so opposed to the didactic, social function of vision…"

Simple didactics can sometimes reveal themselves to be overwhelming, especially in administrated flatly in large quantities, muses Sam Renseiw, voodling feeverishly and sloppily about the basic intricacies of new editing software. View the effect tinted cut-up, with intricate soundtrack re-mix by clicking here or on the links above. ( patafilm # 722, 02'47'', 42MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features some apparently simple, basic moves. (Lum # 224, " classic footage" 00'56'', 9MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

On the phenomenology of re-view & voodling

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"... The former (structuralists), proceeding out of a higher logic, can envision a utopia of signs, of knowledge, and of communication, producing video forms that will be clear, just, and demystified. The latter (phenomenologists) are anxious to change nothing but instead to comprehend a process which flows along perfectly well on its own. Indeed, phenomenologists/voodlers have a longstanding distrust of pure reason, viewing rationality as a single mode of consciousness among others, a mode whose unquenchable thirst to swallow all experience must be restrained precisely because life itself tells us that experience is dearer and more trustworthy than schemes by which we seek to know and change it. [...] The careful manufacture of Voodles is, indeed, part of a broader phenomenological practice. "

Slowly coming to terms with new equipment, new formats and editing platforms, Sam Renseiw montaged bouts of concentrated interior re-viewing, part of a recent workshop, led by his alter-ego, for choreographers, dancers and scenographers. View the concentrated imagery with visual microblends of femme mariee and gai-savoir French sound-bites by clicking here or, on the links above. (patafilm # 721, 01'59'', 31MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a senere, composed morning scene (Lum # 223, 00'57'',"interior triptych" 14,6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

On the beholder's share in voodles

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" I lamented the want of a mechanical method sufficiently expeditious... to draw forth ides of an ingenious mind disposed to the art of designing. [..] To sketch.. is to transfer ideas of the mind to paper ... to voodle is to makes varied spots...producing accidental forms.. from which ideas are presented to the mind... to sketch is to delineate ideas; Voodling suggest them "

Mourning the functional departure of his beloved Contax, Sam Renseiw, struggling with the absolutely baffling amount of Gigabytes generated by the substitute's unfoldings, nevertheless (very) slowly regains his modest visionary abilities. View the first combo of old and new footage in a (not yet perfected) compressed version by clicking here, or on the links above.(patafilm # 720, 02'43'', 40 MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a quiet morning scene, recorded in the new format. ( Lum # 220, 01'00'', " bicycle & dog, dragør " Quicktime/mov)

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