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.

23 April 2014

1. Minister for Science ] Abbott Government ( Regarding : dis|proof of global warming

Actually, there is no Minister for Science in the Abbott Government of Australia...

Woodi Ishmael, for Mathieson Chemical Corporation, 1953


Anyway, what would most scientists know?! This from last night's 'Lateline' (ABC.TV) : 
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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: One of Tony Abbott's first acts in Government was to appoint Maurice Newman as the head of his Business Advisory Council. Mr Newman is the former Chairman of both the Stock Exchange and the ABC. He's our guest this evening and he joined me earlier in the studio for this exclusive interview. 

Maurice Newman welcome to 'Lateline'.


EMMA ALBERICI: Now, Clive Palmer thinks the $1.5 billion worth of money the Government has set aside to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is money better spent on the aged pension. What's your view?

MAURICE NEWMAN: Well, I don't quite know what he means by that. When he says it should be spent on the old age pension, does he mean we should increase the pension, that it should replace other money? I don't quite know what Mr Palmer is talking about frankly.

EMMA ALBERICI: It's no secret that you don't agree that man-made CO2 is causing global warming. Given there is now consensus among 97 per cent or so of climate scientists across the world that the view - around the view that human activity is responsible for climate change, what would it take to convince you?

MAURICE NEWMAN: We know first of all that the survey which came out with the 97 per cent number was flawed in the first place. So we don't pay any attention to that. What we do look at...

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2. Minister for Regard  ] FIAPCE (

There is a Minister for Regard at FIAPCE, who has issued the following graphic statement in response to the TAR tableau and 'formulation' above.

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22 April 2014


This an image of Break (1984), in the collection of Parliament House, Canberra, one of many painted depictions by Mandy Martin from around that time, of massive industrial forms (Yallourn Power Station; Port Kembla, Outer Harbour; E.Z. Works) amid the natural environment.

When Martin's Red Ochre Cove (1988) was chosen as the image of influence for the Main Committee Room of the Australian Parliament, Canberra, it seemed to this regarder a curious choice.

Now, as the Abbott government prepares to remove the so-called carbon tax, and today as the massive coal miner Clive Palmer declares his PUP will vote in the Senate against the Abbott Government's 'Direct Action' plan (the so-called carbon reduction alternative), that image in that place appears timely right.

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20 April 2014

Easter Sunday

After The Lepidopters : A Space Opera, we received correspondence about certain other such activities. 

Monsieur d'Opter, an optician from St. Armand-Montrond, has sent us these images of the Lycée Lepidopters in rehersal for their annual spring parade, The Summoning.

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As winter looses its chill hold and the buds of spring again begin to swell, the people of this small French town - female students, men in dresses with drums and horns, the mayor and the notary - parade through the district with their LYCÉE PAPILLON banner.

Their purpose, to summon the eye-winged from their catacombs : Return to the light, Grant us new sight, Bring to all your every delight.

Miranda :
O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in't!

Prospero :
'Tis new to thee.

The Tempest : Act 5, Scene 1
William Shakespeare

Monsieur Le P. d'Opter    
with nœud papillon    
Patron - Lycée Lepidopters    

The participants wear their traditional garb. At the throat of each un nœud papillon : for the young women, slim open-winged black; for the men, in pink, grand flouncy red; for the mayor and notary, appropriate, reserved.

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16 April 2014

Spiral Jettison ] The Turd ( after Smithson

The Fabric of Regard
  after Buddha
    after Slave Pianos
      after Punkasila
        after The Lepidopters : A Space Opera
          after Theatre of the Actors of Regard

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14 April 2014

A Night at the Lepid-Opera

With his powerful moth-like wings,
John McCaughey conducts the Astra Choir and Mothicians, including Michael Kieran Harvey,  
at Saturday's Arts House world premier of  
The Lepidopters : A Space Opera

Punkasila, emergent, with Rachel Saraswati also on the wing.

Astra at one end...           ...at the other Punkasila

between them and among them
the Sedulur Gamelan ("Gamelan Sisters") of
Slave Pianos

Above us all, Logos the Speaker, the actor Richard Piper, who...

...at work's end descends from his loft, circles the gamelan and finishes the tale ...as a moth lands upon and sounds a single piano key
Bravo! Bravo! 

P.S.  The actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood of  
2001 : A Space Odyssey were also in Melbourne these last few days ('AGE' article here) through the season of The Lepidopters : A Space Opera

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10 April 2014

The Moth-er of All Musikals

“Everything is sane. The Moths have gone away."
- Mark von Schlegell
The Lepidopters : A Space Opera
SATURDAY April 12 at 3.00PM & 7.30PM
SUNDAY April 13 at 5.00PM

North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne

Slave Pianos Rohan Drape, Neil Kelly, Antanas Kesminas, Danius Kesminas, Dave Nelson, Michael Stevenson
The Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey
Punkasila Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, Rudy ‘Atjeh’ Dharmawan, Antariksa, Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto, Prihatmoko ‘Moki’ Catur
Rachel Saraswati voice/dance
Michael Kieran Harvey piano
Aviva Endean clarinet Laila Engle flute Daniel Richardson percussion
Richard Piper narrator
Terra Bajraghosa video artist


A kulturnautic expedition defying the sovereign borders of visual arts and music, The Lepidopters responds to a commissioned text by sci-fi writer Mark von Schlegell, in which alien moths invade the Indonesian archipelago with the aim of colonising Earth through inter-species reproduction. Including projected illustrations and film by Yogyakarta artists Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto and Terra Bajraghosa, this multi-art-form concert draws on the work of Robert Smithson to investigate sonic landscapes and dystopian visions, Indonesian telepathy, ancient Javanese mysticism, and art practices both traditional and modern.

Central to the staging of The Lepidopters are the Sedulur Gamelan (“Gamelan Sisters”) – a self-governing electro-mechanical ‘slave gamelan’ housed in two large interlocking wooden structures.

A trailblazing choir, a concert pianist, a pop-star mezzo-soprano, a punk band with just- intonation ‘gyrostatic’ guitars, noise machines, video installation, an automated gamelan and analogue electronics, The Lepidopters is a renegade cross-cultural and inter-planetary event.

Tickets : Full $25/Conc $20/Student $15 (tickets selling fast!)
Bookings : artshouse.com.au
or (03) 9329 9966

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07 April 2014


New in the Distort mailorder catalog :
SSEX #4: Brand new issue of this unique Melbourne fanzine,
one of the best in Australia for sure. 
Two years in the making. Interviews with Charles Nauman,
John Murphy and Peter Tyndall. ($5)
Order here
Electric Eels  Jaguar Ride 7”
Archival release of this 1975 recording.
Idle Minds CS : Melbourne hardcore punk.
Plus restocks of the Snake and Backstabbers tape,
Life Stinks I Like The Kinks #1, Distort #41 and #42

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05 April 2014

Vale, The Announcement

We have recently received some fabulous printed announcements for exhibitions. 

From Heide Museum of Modern Art, a matt print (below) for EMILY FLOYD : FAR RAINBOW

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Regrettably, for those who appreciate and even collect such things, most commercial galleries no longer produce this material. Tightened belts plus the ease of digital distribution have combined to end the ritual print Announcement.  

Hear He, Hear Ye : 'Tis the End of Such as This.

There's an irony in this as the technology of print and paper production has, arguably, never been so high or so widely available.

For the moment, the state funded galleries and museums still 'go to print'. As well as the Heide-
Emily Floyd gift, other pin-ups currently adorning the offices of bLOGOS/HA HA are Stephen Bush Steenhuffel, from the Ian Potter Museum of Art; Brook Andrew DE ANIMA, Bendigo Art Gallery; Rod Moss Whitegate, Burrinja Gallery; and this ripper from the Art Gallery of South Australia for their exhibition Netsuke and Other Miniatures:

On the front of the AGSA folded card is a front view of a late 19th century Japanese okimono : Karako playing blindman's bluff.

That 'set' reminds us of another such Buddhist image, one we've shown here before: The Supreme Goddess as Void, with projection-space for image.    
On the back of the AGSA announcement card we regard the verso view.

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03 April 2014


 ... and upon these Rocks you will build a Museum of Regard.

Harvey Nininger
The Father of Modern Meteoritics
signed this photograph of his own meteoric regard.

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
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01 April 2014

Man and Dog : Daruma Muralists

Unidentified photograph
Man with dog with back to camera  
1919 (ca)
Real photo postcard 
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in (approx.) 
Private collection of Robert Bogdan 

This postcard is included in the book Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan "Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935" (Syracuse University Press, 2010) 


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