Sunday, November 01, 2009

On rethinking the implicit voodle

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

“The starting point of RETHINK is the belief that art can inspire us to see the world around us in a new perspective. Art can act as a catalyst for public awareness and engagement in the climate debate. Art will change the visitors’ perception of the world by presenting a new angle on climate problems that often seem very difficult for individuals to comprehend.”

Recording footage in the proposed spirit of rethink, Sam Renseiw presents a new angle on visitors perceptions in the shadow of Bright Ugochukwu Eke delicate Acid Rain installation, while musing on the long term effect of blatant curator didactics on art. View the CO2 friendly turn-around-voodle by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 732,03'22'', 40MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features more interior footage, this time with added canine. (lum # 232, "interior footage with canine" 00'57'', 12MB, Quicktime/mov.

Today' s Patalab Metaphor Video features a 4 year old seasonal voodle (even before the coinage of the term), from the exiting times of Web 2.0's infancy.(patafilm # 86 [30.10.2005 post])

NOTE: the frst 3 months of video are freshly linked again, thus well functioning. Here is August 2005 - ages ago &mini formats enjoy ! Best, Sam.

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Blogger Gurdonark said...

Some days I believe that a solar panel sheds more light on combating climate change than does any didactic exhibit.

At the beginning of an unfortunate military conflagration in which my country embarked a few years back, a set of groups whose names implied that because they were poets against the conflict, this gave them a moral superiority in passing upon the ins and outs of the situation.

I am not interested in this post about who was right and who was wrong about the political/cultural issues. I am more interested in the idea of the person who writes poetry (makes art, makes music) as a superior moral force, to be cited as a kind of Brittanica in that way.

I think to myself of the ruthless totalitarian rulers of the past century or so, and how many of them had hobbies in the arts, and how many more had didactic purposes for the arts.

At the same time, the arts surely are a great communications medium.
But are they journalism in poetic form?

Yet, to take the other side, the poet Yeats disparaged the war poetry of Wilfrid Owens and other similar poets, on the ground that "passive suffering is not a theme for poetry".

Prisms have so many angles! I am uncertain of my ground as to how "didactic" art, film, music, and poetry should be.

Yet I am clear that we are all in need of expression, and of seeing things in new ways.

Thanks for getting me thinking.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 3:54:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

" some day I believe that a solar panel.... than does any didactic exhibit"


the quote in the post from the exibition catalogue/website: well meant, but in many ways "strange", as all was so "correct".

it was "art" all right, yet, in such a curate, overly well meant didactic way, that it became illustrative.

the voodle tried to capture whatever might have been left in that space. restoring some level of oblique perception.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 8:18:00 pm  

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