Thursday, December 31, 2009

On forward moving in voodling

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" Having heard, or more probably read somewhere, in the days when I thought I would be well advised to educate myself, or amuse myself, or do some serious voodling, or kill time researching space(s), that when a man in a forest thinks he is going forward in a straight line, in reality he is going in a circle, I did my best to go in a circle, hoping in this way to go in a straight line. For I stopped being half-witted and became sly, whenever I took the trouble… and if I did not go in a rigorously straight line, with my system of going in a circle, at least I did not go in a circle, and that was something. "

The conclusion of this year's voodle activities raises more questions than actually presenting any reasonable answer to the actual core of my moving, obsessive-compulsive undertaking. I did, nevertheless, try to submit some plausible clarifications at some respectable institutions, here and there, at the end of the year.

Best of all was the continuous inspirations by other's works and the many, many considerate comments and dialogues underway. In random order, here are a few cross-links to important sources of inspiration during 2009: DVblog's ongoing video compilation work, and Michael's splendid, prolific & diverse production; Robert's superb video work, generous and attentive comments after joyfully scrutinising fellow vloggers works; Daniel's subdued moving amalgam of bright, minimal poetics always combining its refined visual lavishness with genuine humanistic substance and humour; Steven's razor sharp, inventive ongoing audio-visual research and near encyclopaedic knowledge; Philip's alert, canny & perceptive AV works, permanent attention, & his recent inventive "Lumiere et Son" re-makes, stretching Brittany's & Andreas' seminal project into new audio-visual territories of re-constructions. The Lumiere project and manifesto remains, to me, the most crucial investigative tool: liberation and deliberate focus, at once; Rolf and Inger's collegial Nordic voodle-mirror and didactic dedication; Loiez' delicate poesie des desir en desordres; Jimi's ongoing wave of personal, oblique video works continue to motivate me; Rupert's fine experiments in new, moving, communicative cellphone imagery and 12 seconds videobites; Gurdonark's energetic ongoing musical work, probing the generous shores and shares of web 2.0 treats; Last not least: missing Pepa's, but then enjoying Juan's new videos both featuring such fine South American focii; Many, many thanks to you all and also to the many fellow vlogers & other regular and casual visitors at Patalab. (+ not to forget:, always with superb service)

Best wishes for a happy, prosperous and fruitful new year (and new voodling decade)! Kind regards from Sam Renseiw. (patafilm # 744, 00'41'', 8MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On still moving in space(s)

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" If I could only describe this place - I who am so good at describing places! Walls, ceiling, floors, they are my speciality. Doors! Windows! What haven't I imagined in the way of windows in the course of my career! Some opened on the sea - all you could see was sea and sky. If I could put myself in a room, that would be the end of the voodly-gurdy. Even doorless, even windowless - nothing but the four surfaces (the six surfaces). I'd find a way to explore it: I'd listen to the echo. I'd get to know it, I'd get to remember it. I'd be home. I'd say what it's like, in my home, instead of any old thing. "

Still recording moves in space(s), Sam Renseiw, paraphrases Beckett (again) to fathom the depths of the possible nature of space vodoling. Patalab's 2009 activities (almost) conclude with two interior, investigative space-voodles (patafilm # 739, 02'467'', 38MB, Quicktime/mov // patafilm # 740, 02'52'', 37MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at and a fixed, enlightening planetary Bonus Lumiere Video (Lum # 243 " still moving", 00'48'', 11MB, Quicktime/mov). And: one more, happy-new post, tomorrow. ;-)

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Friday, December 18, 2009

On hope in honest error

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" Voodle is the flower. Life is the green leaf. Let every voodler strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing. You must offer real, living, beautifully coloured flowers that grow above the green leaf. How beautiful the green leaf. How beautiful life often is, but think of the stupendous possibilities of the flower thus offered - of voodle "

" Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of images, that have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory ", stated Reynolds, yet, one has to capture some of them first, and then carefully re -insert them, best obliquely, as some places are more than well documented. View a crucial part of the Glaswegian heritage, recently captured, just in time for the centennial, by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 742, 07'12'', 100,1MB (!), Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's [Double] Bonus Lumiere Video features both a day and a night vision from almost the same famed spot on Renfrew Str/Scott Str. ( Lum # 242 & 242b, 01'00'', 12 MB , Quicktime/mov)

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

On space surveys with spherical object(s)

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"...there is a subtlety and complexity to the works that in part is underpinned by the maker’s undivided preoccupation with the seemingly unremarkable. Its is the nuances of space and time and of attention lavished on things that are perhaps designed not to be looked or that seek out obscurity that elevates these everyday musings to a heightened poetic state. Patalab is as an ongoing project with seemingly no declared beginning, middle or end has echoes of Marcel Proust’s work and its continual obsessive return to the same territory, to the same places spaces and thoughts and the passage through them and back again."

Moving around new territories with the corridor ease of a venerable lounge lizard, Sam Renseiw trails the interiors of a renown research establishment, lobbying his way through the tangle, via the innermost to the viewing theatre, to proceed with a visionary divulging. View the rambling through the maze with spherical object(s) and juxtaposed sites, by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 741, 03'56'', 54MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a didactic, moving cinematic sitting. (Lum # 241,"bande a part" 01'00'', 12MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

On docu-voodling bits of temporality

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"...The more different perspectives and diversified expertise, experience and strategies that fill up the space, the more impossible it gets for one identity to claim power over the space and it’s representations of a dominant national narrative, thereby allowing a temporary transformation of a national stage into a public meeting room..."

Having missed the movie night, the arabic lesson, and the juridical counseling for asylum seekers, Sam Renseiw nevertheless managed to immerse in "The shape of things to come, Kookenhagen in Copenhagen, Vampire performance talk, Olsson's kronkiting", and Krakel kompagniet's "Motherf.....& father figures ". Click here or on the links above for a short un-didactig glimpse of the evening's happening(s) (docu-voodle, 03'36'', 52MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at More Londonian back-logged voodles next week, and one might even expect kilted stuff by late December.

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a more mercantile, pre-set show.[Lum # 240,"Xmas window 1" 00'59'', 12 MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

On perception and memory in road-voodles

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"...The empiricist will concede that every object is presented against a background which is not an object, the present lying between two horizons of absence, past and future. But, He will go on, these significations are derivative. The "figure" and the "background", the "thing" and its "surroundings, the "present" and the "past" are words which summarize the experience of a spacio-temporal perspective, which in the end comes down to the elimination either of memory or of the marginal impressions..."

On a quick road trip to Surrey, Sam Renseiw records the architectural background, musing on figure-ground matter passing by as marginal impressions, while memory does not seem eliminated, after all. Enjoy the short road-voodle by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 738,03'05'', 54,3MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions on

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video is also a road movie, albeit still and nocturnal.( Lum # 238,"night blink" 00'53'' 11.8MB, Quicktime/mov)

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