David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

27 August 2016

Theatre of Archetypes Regard : EYE - O - SEE

In the previous post we mentioned a few reference points that flickered on the radar as we watched the TOKYO 2020 opener at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony.
Another allusion, less obvious than those, was to David Cronenberg's 'Scanners' (1981).

Theatre of Archetypes Regard 
During one sequence of the TOKYO 2020 presentation the performers shape their fluorescent cubes into the outline of an open eye.

still from the TOKYO 2020 video  
At the centre of that eye (above) is the green outlet of the Tokyo-Rio tunnel drilled through our Earth-O-Sphere by Super Mario. 

Anatomy of the eye, woodcut circa 1503 'Margarita Philosophica' by Gregor Reisch, Freiburg 1503

The Super One emerges through this green reveal and transforms into Prime Minister Abe who then holds aloft the all-symbolising red sphere he has brought from the other side.

unaltered screen snap from the TOKYO 2020 video  
Sitting among this Rio TAR is Darryl Revok...

flashback scene : 

Meeting of the IOC prior to choosing the host for the 2020 Olympic Games :
At this point I'd like to call for volunteers.

Anyone. It doesn't matter... 

Darryl Revok volunteers  

Just, uh... Sit right here, please.

Now, I'd, I'd like you to think of something specific. Something that will not breach the security of your organization. And that you will not object to having disclosed to this group.
Something, uh, personal, perhaps.

- All right. Yes, I have something. Do I have to close my eyes?

It doesn't matter.

- All right. Yes, I have something.

      from the David Cronenberg script for 'Scanners'

Some time later ...

Tell us what you did, please, Darryl.

- I drilled a hole in my head.


- Kind of obvious, isn't it? Right here.

Why did you do it, Darryl? Why did you drill the hole?

- Too much pressure. Had to release some pressure.

You wanted to let the pressure out? You wanted to let something out of your head?

- Maybe I'm so smart I can't contain the thoughts in my head.

You wanted to let something out of your head?What?

- People. There are people in my head. Not enough room for Darryl.

You mean voices?

- No. Whole people. Arms, legs, hands.

What's that you've put over the hole?

- It's a door. Put an eye on the door so they won't know it's a door and they can't get back in 'cause this is the eye you know?

Do you think that will fool them?

- Sure. Sure it will. I mean... I mean, sure it will, you know?

     from the David Cronenberg script for 'Scanners'
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...


24 August 2016


Did you see the teaser for TOKYO 2020 
at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony?

Best thing since Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad (1965), Gary Numan's Cars (1979), Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls (1984)...

  Theatre of the Athletes of Regard 


  Theatre of the Athletes of Regard 
Japanese TAR - PM Shinzō Abe as Super MariO

  Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
West End Girls + East End Boys

  Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...

LO+OS/HA HA             


22 August 2016

100% LOGOS

Sign of the times, the number of Olympic athletes conspicuously testifying to their God. 

Perhaps it's not such a good look if you're on the starting block, kiss a cross then break before the starter's gun and are immediately disqualified. 
Better, perhaps, if you are Neymar, the captain of the host country's beloved football team and you kick the winning goal in the Olympic Final shoot-out for Gold.
Soli Deo gloria

Hoc est Corpus Meum 

As if to underline something 
a couple of newspaper clippings from the same day 

Qui manducat carnem meam 

 Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...
 LOGOS/HA HA         

21 August 2016

Theatre of the Athletes of Regard : new events well received

We've appreciated the inclusion of some of the more contemporary sports at the Rio Olympics

It was great to see running-and-shooting brought to the fore in Modern Pentathlon. Congratulations to Chloe Espesito for winning that.

Chloe Esposito  
And in Gymnastics, mandala ideogram rotation. Congratulations to the Aussie mixed doubles team from Sorlie's Revue for taking out the Antipodean Pedal section of that one.

photo Jeff Carter  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...
 LOGOS/HA HA         


20 August 2016

Theatre of the Athletes of Regard

Le Louvre
Gold Silver Bronze 
medals not collected

 Jean-Luc Goddard "Bande à part" (Band of Outsiders) 1964

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...
LOGOS/HA HA         

18 August 2016

Sight Line (Rio)

Take a line for a run 
                           in World Record Space-Time  
- after Paul Klee

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ 
someone looks at something... 

16 August 2016

bottom-line + finishing-line = headline

bLOGOS/HA HA + Olympics = many late nights

All is matrix detail. Just now on the radio this social anarchy /chemical alchemy / punny poetry : 
The crowd's gone berserk -
Da Silva wins the Gold for Brasil.

Thiago Braz da Silva Wins GOLD for Brasil : Olympic RECORD 6.03m

Muybridge in the slo mo 

Memories in the hurdles . . .

Fifty years ago, October 1966, your correspondent in 100yd hurdles final at Olympic Park, Melbourne - photo Bernard Higgins

Malevich in the costumes 

and on and on . . .

Usain Bolt wins the 100m at 2016 Rio Olympics in 9.81 sec

TAR : they're lining up . . .

Kasimir Malevich, The Sportsmen, 1928-30 (Russian State Museum, 
St Petersburg). Photographed at Tate Modern by Guy Bell, 2015.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...
LOGOS/HA HA         

11 August 2016

Endgame at the Blue Room

On Tuesday night Australia attempted a national census.

By 7.30pm, after just two million citizen entries and four concerted Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shut their site down. 
Thirty-six hours later, it is still down. 

"Heads will roll," declares PM.

Endusers :

Two key messages :

The first is, if y0u want enduser acceptance, you need to actually go and consult with them and listen to the endusers.

And then the second thing is, you need to listen to concerns when seven Senators, a Deputy Privacy Commissioner, and a former lead statistician of the country all raise privacy concerns and you sweep them away as if they count for nothing, don't be surprised if people are pretty unhappy.

- Dr Suelette Dreyfus (Computer Security lecturer, Melb. Uni)

  The Drum, ABC.TV yesterday.

Endgamers :
Since the narrow re-election of the conservative Turnbull government last month, we've been intrigued to note the preference for an 'Endgame' set in the Prime Minister’s Press Conference Room, the Blue Room

Instead of the previously favoured dark minimal unobtrusive lecterns...

Environment minister Greg Hunt, Prime minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at a press conference in the blue room of Parliament House, Canberra this morning, Tuesday 11th August 2015. Photograph: Mike Bowers for the Guardian
...the would-be gravitees now elect to address the nation from monumental white heraldic dustbins.

1958, Frances Cuka as Nell & Richard Goolden as Nagg in the first English language production.

1996, Henry Jones and Eileen Nicholas at the Donmar Warehouse.
2006, Tony O'Brien as Nagg & Jackie Skarvellis as Nell, Pentameters Theatre,  LOGOS THEATRE UK

2008, Elaine Stritch as Nell and Alvin Epstein as Nagg, Brooklyn Academy of Music – photo by Richard Termine

2010, Randy Harrison as Nagg and Tanya Dougherty as Nell, Berkshire Theatre

2012 Endgame by Monash Uni Student Theatre (MSA)

All for TAR and TAR for all :

2016 Endgame at the Blue Room - 
ScoMo and the PM as Nagg and Nell 
Press and TV as Clov and Hamm

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...
 LOGOS/HA HA         

10 August 2016

Sitelines (Heide MoMA)

Natasha Johns-Messenger
uses your illusion at Heide

Robert Nelson
The Age (9 August 2016)

When I walk around Enfolder, there is always a man in front of me. When he gets to a corner, his twin momentarily appears in profile, but rapidly disappears. I never catch up with him. If I hasten, he also speeds up; if I tarry, he also lingers and has longer consultations with his twin at the corners.

You too, when you walk around this glassy ambulatory by Natasha Johns-Messenger, will encounter someone in front of you, a taciturn wanderer who is enigmatically duplicated at various moments and mysteriously preserves a regular distance in front of you. Actually, it is you, your image from behind who becomes your forerunner, the person whom you never see in the mirror. Your ghost from the rear leads you without a moment's contact.

 Natasha Johns-Messenger's Enfolder at Heide MoMA
 photo by Christian Capurro

This engaging work at Heide recalls Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte's painting Not to be reproduced, where a man looks in the mirror only to see the view from the back instead of the front. But the installation by Johns-Messenger is not a passive mirror upon a wall but a slick circular sculpture shaped like a Kugelhopf tin, the causeway of which clamps around your head and leads you on the vain chase for your double . . . . 
          Read the full review here
. . . . Reflection itself is a great metaphor as well as a physical reality. The mirror that Johns-Messenger holds up to space and subject-object relations is intriguing; but ultimately it's up to us to supply the last reflection of ourselves between appearance and reality.

 Natasha Johns-Messenger's Encircler at Heide MoMA
 photo by Christian Capurro                       
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...