[NetBehaviour] Budge

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 18:57:46 CEST 2020


The video is magnificent! The greyness, slowness and massiveness of it. 
My grandfather was a naval engineer, and later a foreman in the 
Belvedere Docks on the banks of the Thames: so ships and estuaries make 
me feel really nostalgic.

'Everything impinges, and the nub of a prow impinges greatly' puts me in 
mind, slightly obscurely, of William Carlos Williams' 'So much depends 
upon a red wheelbarrow'.


On 19/04/2020 19:44, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> Budge
> http://www.alansondheim.org/budge.jpg
> https://youtu.be/3wT8X-aOg8Q  FULL VIDEO
> The description below is superceded by the full budge video now on
> YouTube. I've wanted to show this for a long time; at one point,
> when the video was created, I had no YouTube access. The inert
> appears in dull grey. I hear myself in the relative silence of
> this.
> For what it's worth, it's meant a great deal to me. It resonates
> with the arc of the world, 'world' in the largest and most
> inconceivable sense(lessness).
> Original description of the short version: This is a 11 times sped-
> up video of large ships and a Nor'easter in Nova Scotia.
> Everything's ice-bound. The ships move slowly in the open water.
> The back-hoe was slow as well. The full video is 11' in length; for
> online I sped it up to 1'1". It's a different video. I'm interested
> at the moment in blankness, inertness, the deeply obdurate of the
> real. On some of the sections I've used 10x echo at +/-.05 to
> structure the movement; with the largest ship, there's just a
> slight blurring of outline. It's that slow, that deliberate. The
> backhoe is framed by text and windows at a media center. These
> forces resonate for me with the smoothed hard granite boulders at
> Peggy's Cove and Mahone Bay, and with the fragility of the basal
> metazoan glade of the ctenophores washed up in advanced of last
> week's blizzard. Everything impinges, and the nub of a prow
> impinges greatly.
> +++
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