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.

08 December 2008

The Actor of Looking : regarding theorin, the act of looking & some unwritten thoughts on theoria


These images are scanned from this weekend's Review section of The Weekend Australian; from the article TIME OUT by Christopher Allen.

The paper edition presents the image as a diptych, spread and divided across the fold between pages. The online version shows only the left side of the scene, thus omitting the focus of these formal onlookers - The Actor of Looking.

bLOGOS/HA HA does not know if The Golden Guillotine had any involvement with this particular tableau and promotion. Suffice to say, it bears all the signs.