Friday, July 30, 2010

Of greenmen appearances in skating voodles

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" A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical).....The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities springing up in different cultures throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, or "renaissance," representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history..."

While speculating on the actual origin of greenmen, San Renseiw recorded their sudden appearances while skating, last Friday night. View the classic abridged track-footage with induced greenmen and mashed-up remix greenery soundscape from Gurdonark's fine new Northern Texas butterfly compositions by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm#781,[CFNS2010/1], 106MB, 05'24'', Quicktime/mov - other versions at Bliptv)

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Anonymous gurdonark said...

I won a game of on-line postal chess today(i.e., chess played on a computer web-server, but with time controls measured in days, like postal chess). The game last less than 20 moves, but the game was quite a close game. My opponent played a very sharp sacrifice of material, staking all upon the hope of giving up material for a quick win. I find such positions fascinating, as I enjoy the sense of accomplishment when I accept the sacrifice and yet blunt the attack.
Soon I consolidated my position, set up to win even more material, and my opponent graciously resigned.

In the terms of this kind of game, among very amateur players calculating moves imperfectly, one cannot get too fixated on notions like 'is the sacrifice "correct?".
One can only put on one's skates, wade into the pavement, and see the places to which one rolls when one's wheels are moving quickly.

I like the creative process, and the theory that holds imperfection and accident to be a great virtue, and the thrill of sacrificing material (or defending after a sacrifice), uncertain of the outcome, as a metaphor for that process.

In this way, too, I see the film as less "is this correct?" and more as "what's the next move". Perhaps the green man is not a nature symbol, but a friendly alien.

The sight of so many skaters, skating closely, reminds me of skaters, recumbent biker and joggers weaving in and out of the paved beach path in Santa Monica.
I rarely travel these dense paths, but admire their voyagers nonetheless.

Years ago,I stood on Hermosa Beach Pier, not too far from the path, on a February day, fishing for mackerel (to catch, and release), when a very small whale surfaced, exuded air from its blowhole, and submerged again. It then continued on its path---and if it lacked the grace of an in-line skater, the unique surprise of its appearance made my February day very special.
Perhaps one looks at the skaters--and sometimes sees the whale.

Great mash-up of my music--it really goes with the image.

Saturday, July 31, 2010 7:56:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you robert!
congrats for your chess victory and for the comments: as always fine insigths and thoughtful repercussions. it also reminded me that, as a city dweller, i do not venture that often into "nature" ( nature in "" since most of the space in denmark is cultivated or "cultured nature". from next month on i will have some more opportunities to venture into norvegian nature settings. i will then attempt to record some of the impressions.

Monday, August 02, 2010 7:07:00 pm  

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