Sunday, August 23, 2015

On detournement and closure(s)



“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better…The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the Voodle…"  “Normally I did see a great deal. I did hear a great deal also. I did pay attention. Strictly speaking I was there. Always.  Strictly speaking I believe I’ve been Voodling almost anywhere.”

On the 20th of August two things occurred, almost simultaneously:
A) Blip.tv, hosting spacetwo-patalab's video unfortunately did shut down, meaning most of the spacetwo-patalab vlogposts will no longer generate any videolinks. (Will be fixed with archive.org oploads // new links in time - promissed) B) Sam Renseiw video "detournement" was prized at the Henning Larsen Foundation Film and Architecture Competition in Copenhagen. Watch it above and below is a prosaic description, for those who might find the imagery to baffling.

Filmed on location at Højerup old church in south-eastern Zealand, the video is a “one-shot”, i.e. a continuous recording in time and space from the perspective of a single handheld camera eye, without a single cut. The chronology of the footage is maintained throughout the video, meaning that the recording proceeded while walking backwards.

Starting with a calm horizontal view of the sea, the image very slowly recedes into an interior space, via some interstitial metal railing. Receding further, a nave like space appears with old fashioned, church like benches on each side; The view then slowly tilts up to the ceiling, to reveal some medieval church frescoes, and a recognizable older church space, to then proceed further backwards into a 90 degree right cornering, into a anti-chamber like space; this space is traversed until exiting a door in a larger red brick wall conglomerate. The panoramic viewing is then maintained, but focusing on ground details, until meeting a longer, low wall like structure. The camera-eye then tilts over the wall to reveal a view of an elderly, smaller timber framed house structure with thatched roofing, in a larger garden-like setting.

Throughout the length of the video one is constantly confronted with various aspects of time and space speculations: the principal setting of the location near Stevns Klint in the south–eastern part of Zeeland is considered of great geological importance as one of the best exposed Cretaceous/Tertiary boundaries in the world (66 mil. years).The original Romanesque church was build around 1250 at some distance from the cliffs, and slightly modified onwards. The church ceased functioning as a church in 1910, due to the dangers of erosion. In 1928 the sacristy and the choir disappeared into the sea as the cliffs finally collapsed. The church was subsequently safeguarded with concrete ramparts on the seaside, with an added outdoor viewing terrace in place of the choir. The church is since accessible to the public on request.

Soundscape underlay: The road away by Kres5jik  // Kres5jik.com

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2 Comments:

Anonymous dl said...

Voodle as rampart. Voodles as ramparts.

Happy for this detournement. A slow walk backwards.

And forwards.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 9:19:00 pm  
Blogger Philip Sanderson said...

Well prized!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 7:34:00 pm  

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