Sunday, July 18, 2010

On shining light on the little street corners



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" At the core of her work resides the intersection of place and experience. She tries to do this with as much respect as possible to foreign cultures and traditions, while staying true to the call of the artist by shining a light on the little street corners.."

Funny to re-view parts of Venice Beach, muses Sam Renseiw, voodle_howling without missing a beat, on visit in HCA's hometown, after duly noting that things are queer. View the artificial long-take, experience a deja-vu -simultaneous contextual-shift by clicking here or on the links above.(patafilm # 779, 04'14'', 49MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at Bliptv)

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5 Comments:

Anonymous gurdonark said...

The images of discount stores and 7-11s do not have for me the same symbolism they might have for one who does not live among mini-malls, golden arches, huge box stores and other Americana. Instead, I am left admire the detail and workmanship, and to think of further details (and more people) to be inserted in the piece.

I am reminded of the Theaters of the 13th Dimension by the artist Mars Tokyo. http://teenytheaters.com/

These theaters also tell a story in miniature, but a different set of stories.

Lovely to see the voodle cover such interesting ground as this artwork. My efforts at retail photography this week was to be a pinata store, but sadly the store was closed.

Monday, July 19, 2010 4:18:00 am  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

It's interesting how your voodles often slide across distinctions between documentation/interpretation/appropriation of other people's work, and in this case becoming very much a parallel world in miniature.

Monday, July 19, 2010 2:37:00 pm  
Anonymous Rupert said...

having spent a long time in north america - and a couple of months in venice beach, too (in a building with that Jim Morrison mural on it) - and now back living in london, these images have a wonderful simultaneous familiarity and strangeness. but the real joy is in how you turned your pocket camera into track, jib and helicopter shots, while allowing us to admire someone else's art along the way.

Monday, July 19, 2010 6:26:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

indeed, this little piece reverberates...

most probably because the work recorded is, in itself, a miniature of an iconic setting, triggering a great deal of simultaneous imagery, (generic and particular, i.e general and private), all the while generating other, more intriguing short-circuiting mechanisms.

I have tried to record as fast as i could, to maintain the freshness of the gaze. while quickly editing the footage some days later, i realised that even more "triggers" are included: the perception & depiction of reality, the nature of art-viewing, the shifting definition af art in itself, reverberating in some fine ways Benjamin's seminal "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" from 1935(!) > chapter XI >
http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Modules/MC10220/benjamin.html

here is a quick paraphrase, inserting "voodle" as a term:

" By close-ups of the things around us, by focusing on hidden details of familiar objects, by exploring common-place milieus under the ingenious guidance of the camera, the voodle, on the one hand, extends our comprehension of the necessities which rule our lives; on the other hand, it manages to assure us of an immense and unexpected field of action. Our taverns and our metropolitan streets, our offices and furnished rooms, our railroad stations and our factories appeared to have us locked up hopelessly. Then came the voodle and burst this prison-world asunder by the dynamite of the tenth of a second, so that now, in the midst of its far-flung ruins and debris, we calmly and adventurously go travelling. With the close- up, space expands; with slow motion, movement is extended. The enlargement of a voodle does not simply render more precise what in any case was visible, though unclear:it reveals entirely new structural formations of the subject."

yet the most intriguing for me, was the sudden resurgence of orson welles seminal long-take start from "touch of evil" , with a similar architectural setting;
>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg8MqjoFvy4

one of the many track of my "voodling" activities, is the recording of art, or to be more precise: attempts to come as close as possible to my personal experience...opening up oblique ways of documenting, attributing and appropriating both the work(s) recorded and the notion of how things and situations can and could be seen.

thank you for your kind comments and for continuous viewing. I am still wondering what exactly my voodle activities produce. I have a slight hunch that I might be on to something with the work on the whole...
more to come :-)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:29:00 am  
Blogger Robert Croma said...

Most definitely on to something, Sam! And as ever enlightened and inspired by the journey of your wondrous voodle investigations.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 6:12:00 pm  

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