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.

19 March 2018

TAR presents : in see

"Unquestionably the founding work of minimalism in musical composition, Terry Riley's 
In C (1964) challenges the standards of imagination, intellect, and musical ingenuity to which "classical" music is held. Only one page of score in length, it contains neither specified instrumentation nor parts. Its fifty-three motives are compact, presented without any counterpoint or evident form. The composer gave only spare instructions and no tempo. And he assigned the work a title that's laconic in the extreme. At the same moment of its composition, Elliott Carter was working on his Concerto for Piano, a work Stravinsky was to hail as a masterpiece. Having almost completed Laborinthus II, Luciano Berio would soon start the Sinfonia. Karlheinz Stockhausen had just finished Momente. In context of these other works, and of the myriad of compositional styles and trends which preceded them, In C stands the whole idea of musical "progress" on its head. 

Forty years later, In C continues to receive regular performances every year by professionals, students, and amateurs, and has had numerous recordings since its 1968 LP premiere. Welcoming performers from a vast range of practices and traditions, from classical to rock to jazz to non-Western, these recordings range from the Chinese Film Orchestra of Shanghai -- on traditional Chinese instruments -- to the Hungarian 'European Music Project' group, joined by two electronica DJs manipulating the Pulse. In C rouses audiences while all the while projecting an inner serenity that suggests Cage's definition of music's purpose -- "to sober and quiet the mind, thus making it susceptible to divine influence." 

Setting the stage for a most intriguing journey into the world of minimalism, Robert Carl's Terry Riley's In C argues that the work holds its place in the canon because of the very challenges it presents to "classical" music. He examines In C in the context of its era, its grounding in aesthetic practices and assumptions, its process of composition, presentation, recording, and dissemination. By examining the work's significance through discussion with performers, composers, theorists, and critics, Robert Carl explores how the work's emerging performance practice has influenced our very ideas of what constitutes art music in the 21st century."

- an introduction to Terry Riley's In C (Studies in Musical Genesis, Structure, and Interpretation) by Robert Carl
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TAR presents : in see

go online to Terry Riley's "In C"

open as many copies of that page as you wish to have numbers of players in your performance

arrange your orchestra like so, for easy access

Now, click/play/vary as you wish :

Regard (rubato)

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16 March 2018

2018 Sydney Biennale

The 2018 Biennale of Sydney opens today :

SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement
curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka
from 16 March – 11 June 2018

Marco Fusinato's Constellations is at Carriageworks

"Expanding on his interest in the physicality of noise and gestural action, Marco Fusinato's Constellations incorporates a purpose-built, freestanding wall and an invitation to the audience. Visitors encounter a baseball bat attached to the structure with a long steel chain. They may pick up the bat and strike the wall once….

Following are the residual dents and marks speckled across the wall like a constellation of stars."

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14 March 2018

TAR sends...

Theatre of the Activists of Regard (Paris) 

Benjamin Sutton / Hyperallergic

On Monday morning, visitors to the Louvre were treated to an unexpected spectacle as a group of activists fell to the floor in front of Théodore Géricault’s famous painting, The Raft of the Medusa (1818–19), extending its vivid scene of disaster on the high seas into the gallery. The performance protest was created by Libérons le Louvre, and as more performers keeled over, others listed the current endeavors of one of the Louvre’s most visible corporate sponsors, energy giant Total.

“Total, Alberta, Canada,” began one chant, alluding to the French multinational’s activities in western Canada
“Tar sands...

Watch video here (1'46")

photo by Libérons le Louvre  
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13 March 2018

Department to Count the Moon

Malcolm Tucker : Yeah. 'Julius Nicholson is a hugely respected advisor. He now has a wide ranging brief and his blue-sky vision and helicopter-thinking will enable this government to go, in his own phrase, beyond delivery and beyond that'. That's the line, ok? And if he does stick his baldie head round your door and comes up with some stupid idea about policemen's helmets should be yellow or let's set up a department to count the moon, just treat him like someone with Helzheimer's disease, you know? Just say 'yes, that's lovely, that's good, we must talk about that later', ok?

- The Thick of It : Episode #2.2 (2005)

Fosterville Institute of
 Applied & Progressive 
Cultural Experience   
Department to Calculate 
Distances of Portraits 
from Surfaces of the Earth 

 Theatre of the Actors of Regard - photo David van Dam

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11 March 2018

Everything flows

On Monday, The Shape of Water won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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On Wednesday, we read in Seamus Heaney's Seeing Things :

    Everything flows. Even a solid man, 

    A pillar to himself and to his trade, 
    All yellow boots and stick and soft felt hat

    Can sprout wings at the ankle and grow fleet 

    As the god of fair days, stone posts, roads and crossroads, 
    Guardian of travelers and psychopomp.

    'Look for a man with an ashplant on the boat,' 

    My father told his sister heading out 
    For London, 'and stay near him all night 

    And you‘ll be safe.' Flow on, flow on 

    The journey of the soul with its soul guide 
    And the mysteries of dealing-men with sticks! 

 - Seamus Heaney : Seeing Things | Squarings | Crossings | xxvii

Yesterday, Buxton Contemporary opened to the public with The shape of things to come.

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10 March 2018

Knock, knock...

The school of hard knocks (see article below) was Assumption College, Kilmore.

Laurie Balmer was in my class at ACK (1965-1968). His younger brother Bernie a year or two below, perhaps in my brother's class.

A similar event to the one Bernie Balmer tells in John Sylvester's article in The Age, today, happened in my first week at Assumption. 

We were having breakfast in the junior refectory. Each of us at our designated table and position. Laurie F. was seated beside me. The Brother known as 'Tex' was in charge that morning, walking around from table to table. As he passed us, he said to Laurie, who was putting a spoonful of cereal into his mouth, "Hold your spoon properly”, and punched him in the jaw, breaking one of Laurie’s teeth. No retribution, no consequence : get on with your meals. No surprise, after four years of this boarding school environment, the 25 years of such nightmare scenes that followed.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was not charged to investigate such mere violence.

At a Bendigo Writers Festival event last year, Ray Mooney (former inmate of Pentridge prison, now a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and lecturer in creative writing) spoke about his time in Pentridge wherein he continued to have nightmares about his time as a boarder at St Patrick’s, Ballarat. When he awoke from these, he was always relieved, he said, to find that he was only in Pentridge. 

That conversation with  author and journalist Jenny Valentish can still be heard at ‘Big Ideas’ (ABC.RN) :

John Silvester
Saturday Age
10 March 2018
If Bernie wasn’t born with a keen sense of justice, he developed it while still a teenager when he became the victim of a stitch-up that has left a scar.

In year 11 at Assumption College the students complained the milk tasted off: ‘‘The cows were feeding on capeweed, which makes the milk bitter.”

Already known for his gift of the gab, Balmer's fellow students elected him to raise the subject and so he suggested to a Brother he take a sip to find out for himself.

Rather than agreeing to what seemed a perfectly reasonable request, ‘‘he punched me, putting me teeth through my lip''.

It was a major mistake. Balmer was a big lad who could hold his hands up (he would later become Australian University Heavyweight Boxing Champion) and he dropped the bully Brother.

While he was only defending himself, he was forced to leave under threat of expulsion. It still burns that some who knew the truth failed to stand up for him and perhaps that is one of the reasons he became a seven-day-a-week defence lawyer, often giving a voice to those who desperately need one.

(The wheels of justice do move slowly. The Brother in question has now run into legal troubles of his own.)


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Addendum opportunity for the wonderful Blossom Dearie
My Attorney Bernie (words by Dave Frishberg)
Live at Jazzclub Fasching, Stockholm

09 March 2018

Big Stage

Two items brought to our attention 
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Date: 15 April 2018 - 
Location: Heide III: Central Galleries
Event category:  Art
Admission:  Adult $38 / Concession $32
Members:  $30 
In partnership with VAULT magazine, this panel explores the challenges of maintaining an identity as an Australian artist while making work for a worldwide stage.
From the impact of cultural cringe on Australian art and culture, to our changing relationship with European and Asian art capitals traditions, this discussion surveys the forces shaping the Australian art scene. But it also asks: how can this new cultural moment pave the way for opportunities, evolution and growth?
Chaired by VAULT magazine editor Neha Kale, panel includes Abdul Abdullah (artist), Danny Goldberg (international collector), Mark Feary (Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary)
VAULT was established in 2012 in response to an increasingly globalised art world. The magazine has always positioned Australian artists both senior and emerging—alongside their international contemporaries and has sparked dialogues between local contexts and international aesthetics and ideas.
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White Tower on a White Stage, after Malevich  
Russian President Vladimir Putin, 1 March 2018,
delivering his lone figure in a white castle tower 
[ sky's the limit ) address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow.

Patriarch with White Koukoulion, front row  
By TV tower to the Russian People.

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08 March 2018

Self Augmentation

by Jennifer Finney Boylan


 Janja Milosevic/EyeEm, via Getty Image

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06 March 2018

The National Gallery of Victoria will no longer work with Wilson Security, though it claims recent protests and petitions did not drive the decision.

Article by Benjamin Sutton, from today's edition of Hyperallergic :

Australian Art Museum Drops Security Firm Accused of Abuse at Detention Centers  

 A protest outside the National Gallery of Victoria 
 photo by Tatjana Plitt, courtesy the Artists’ Committee

 Performance protest inside National Gallery of Victoria 
 photo by Tatjana Plitt, courtesy the Artists’ Committee

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