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pataphysics in daily life — condensed poetic voodles — spacetwo videoblog

there was a mention of pataphysics in one of the mu-mesons' videos we've been watching over the holidays. reminded me of Sam Renseiw's spacetwo videoblog. nice to see he's still making them: "the fine art of 'pataphysics in daily life. condensed poetic voodles. A video blog by sam renseiw"

'Pataphysics, an absurdist concept coined by the French writer Alfred Jarry, is a philosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. Defined as: "The science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments"

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shadow out of time


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Ian's video was called time travel. this initially brought to mind the Orbital song with the Star Trek TNG "Time Squared" episode sample for the Mobius & time becoming a loop. the past few weeks have felt like this for me - I've gone back to 2000, 2001, and hopefully 2003 this week if all goes well.

then I also thought about "Moving Time" as I might be moving house soon

but the theme I went with for the final video (though I sneaked the Mobius quote in the title text..) was the H.P. Lovecraft book "Shadow out of time". we read this for an online class I'm taking, and I really enjoyed it

I thought about Plato's ideas of "remembering knowledge" across the aeons (time travel of the mind?)

one of the other class members mentioned the mental projections and mind swaps & the data-body and likened the spaces between dream/reality in the book, to the virtual spaces common these days & how we often have a data-body these days as well as a flesh-body

so I then thought about outsourcing memory using photos, videos, blogs etc and how by uploading these we become a virtual self on the internet. and how sometimes these things can become cluttered and cross-over each other and even annoying after a while (as I think watching this loop for 1:30 is.. but this is on purpose :), and they're not an exact copy of ourselves. and how sometimes these things can overshadow our real selves, or at least other's impressions of our selves. and how, when watching something on loop you sometimes focus on the foreground moving text, and other times 'me' - this seems to match my real world experiences too - shifting between online me & real-world me focuses

I represented the data-body using text words as this is the medium of the book. using Isadora I made a controller that would move the words around the screen - often blotting out the video of me playing in the background. but it's not really me - it's another virtual image -> mirror image of me, rather than the me I imagine in my mind, distorted by the join in the two glass mirrors and my face is covered most of the time by the camera - the recording of the data-body.

the video is playing on loop with my washing machine as the soundtrack.

using footage of 'me' in the video was inspired by Cheryl's videos, as this is unusal for my videos, so I looked forwards & backwards for inspiration - as in the book, Peaslee & the Yithians look forward & backwards in time for knowledge

vlomo09 day15

vlomo09 30/30 project

15/11/2009

over to you Cheryl! good luck

this video is day 15's video for Rupert Howe's 30 days - 30 people - 30 videos vlomo09 project - watch other people's videos at http://videobloggers.mirocommunity.org/category/30-days-30-people-30-videos
& #vlomo09 / #navlopomo09 videos at http://videobloggers.mirocommunity.org/category/navlopomo09

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dune day vs clear day - panels test

I took a video from the train on the Wednesday Sydney awoke to the red dust storm and then another on the next day. the videos were taken with my nokia n95 camera, so it lost most of the redness, but you can see that the sky was dustier than the clear Thursday. they're not completely in sync, because I wanted dune day to be slightly ahead of clear day, so you can watch it from left to right and see the scene & colours change as your eye reaches the second panel. I'm not sure if this effect worked as well as I planned though - perhaps I should have lined them up so they were in sync after all.

made with Isadora - the 20090929_dune-day_clear-day.izz patch is attached

I always have problems saving the Isadora video files as they always lose video quality and end up with lots of compression artifacts. I tried exporting at 5% rate, but it somehow increased the framerate and sped up the video! so this was saved at 95%.

other videos taken on the day - with my sony camera so the colours show up properly :

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trainscapes ceiling

I thought it'd be cool to get a personal projector and project videos onto the ceiling of the train for people to watch during the ride to & from work. have a website where people could suggest videos, or perhaps they tweet them or sms. they could rate them too on the site. I was thinking art or landscapes - trainscapes. but I suppose eventually it'd be overtaken by advertisers or spammers. would be nice for a while though! just look at all this ceiling space doing nothing - apart from the bright lighting in the train, this would be ok for an adhoc screen. 29/04/2009

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videobloggingweek2009 - day7 : New Plymouth Wind Wand

New Plymouth Wind Wand from kath on Vimeo

this is the New Plymouth foreshore - sunset and Len Lye's "Wind Wand" sculpture.

footage taken 06/02/2009 during a visit to New Plymouth, New Zealand for the weekend

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day 7 - sunday

http://vimeo.com/4115679
http://blip.tv/file/1984144

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videobloggingweek2009 - day6 : easter roast

easter roast from kath on Vimeo

my sister is visiting for Easter weekend and cooked a roast lamb. so there's food in the house! very tasty

trying final cut express too - the quality seems better but the file sizes are quite large. will test some more

11/04/2009
day 6 - saturday
#videobloggingweek
#videobloggingweek2009

blog post @ http://www.aliak.com/content/videobloggingweek2009-day6-easter-roast

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videobloggingweek2009 - day5 : UK on the move

UK - on the move from kath on Vimeo

last time I was in the UK - I always seem to be on the move though.. planes, trains & buses - London to Southampton

footage from 01/01/2008

#videobloggingweek
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day 5 - friday

http://vimeo.com/4116024
http://blip.tv/file/1984215

blog entry @
http://www.aliak.com/content/videobloggingweek2009-day5-uk-move

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videobloggingweek2009 - day4 : their memories

their memories from kath on Vimeo

their memories

music by brian eno & harold budd "their memories"

#videobloggingweek
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day4 - thursday
09/04/2009
parramatta, sydney

blog post @ http://www.aliak.com/content/videobloggingweek2009-day4-their-memories

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videobloggingweek2009 - day 3 : cabin crew be seated for landing

cabin crew be seated for landing from kath on Vimeo

cabin crew be seated for landing

auckland -> sydney flight

08/04/2009

#videobloggingweek wednesday
#videobloggingweek2009

http://vimeo.com/4060090
http://blip.tv/file/1970789

blog post @ http://www.aliak.com/content/videobloggingweek2009-day-3-cabin-crew-be-s...

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videobloggingweek2009 - day2 : hotel textures

hotel textures from kath on Vimeo

heritage hotel auckland - textures - these are short clips of different textures in the hotel - rooms & floors, furniture & wall dividers

07/04/2009 tuesday
auckland

#videobloggingweek
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http://vimeo.com/4060723
http://blip.tv/file/1971044

blog entry @ http://www.aliak.com/content/videobloggingweek2009-day2-hotel-textures

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videobloggingweek2009 - day1 : late night after work

late night after work from kath on Vimeo

late night after work

auckland

06/04/2009 monday

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#videobloggingweek2009

http://blip.tv/file/1971082
http://vimeo.com/4061062

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Magic Squares - video project?

could a maths story work?

at scanz there was a paper called "Complexity and Cybernetics Redux" by Nina Czegledy and it mentioned Magic Squares. these cover topics such as mysticism, philosophy, mathematics. could the game/puzzle be to solve the magic square. the game leaders send out clues which reflect the numbers& people go out and find the item that has been uploaded to represent each square. eg, so people could film clues like numbers from different places, a quantity of subjects (eg if the number was 10, then film collections of 10 things in a single clip), or even make a video about a saying/piece of writing that might represent the numbers. whatever people can think of

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gps walking & video / sound / photo recording project (ideas)

I'm heading to New Plymouth this evening for SCANZ 2009 - Symposium being held over the weekend. so I've been reading about some of the participating artists and their projects. the intro for Brett Stalbaum gave me a few ideas for a * very simple * gps video project. below is the paragraph that triggered my thoughts - especially the phrase "letting voluminous GIS data and some algorithms we wrote tell us where to go"

steps
- in your local area, or a place where you can go to easily more than once (eg probably best to do in your own country not whilst overseas unless it's somewhere you can visit again)
- walk around the space once and collect the gps data
- then use (write first) a program - perhaps web based so you could use your mobile phone??? - that randomizes the data co-ordinates and selects a position for you to go to

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