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.

29 November 2008

Andreas Gursky looks at the world


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27 November 2008

24 November 2008

23 November 2008

22 November 2008

World View


e=mc2: 103 years later, Einstein's proven right
AFP : 21 Nov 2008

PARIS (AFP) — It's taken more than a century, but Einstein's celebrated formula e=mc2 has finally been corroborated, thanks to a heroic computational effort by French, German and Hungarian physicists.

... For those keen to know more: the computations involve "envisioning space and time as part of a four-dimensional crystal lattice, with discrete points spaced along columns and rows."

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21 November 2008

20 November 2008

Through a shoe, merrily


This continues the scene from the two previous posts: Later, as speaker, he would say God when he meant to say Lacan. Out of Bounds: Art, Faith & Spirituality

18 November 2008

Everything in everything


A spectrum of fluoros by Domenico de Clario and a jug of water placed beside the speaker's lectern at Out of Bounds: Art, Faith & Spirituality.

Colin McCahon, The Virgin and Child compared, 1948

17 November 2008

Colour my world


"The research scientist in photo C is studying how colours change under the influence of electricity. The telescope-like device can produce all colours of the rainbow by changing the voltage applied to a light beam."

Popular Mechanics
December 1950

Another moment from the conference Out of Bounds: Art, Faith & Spirituality held earlier this year at Monash University (Faculty of Art & Design). In the background a detail of an installation by Domenico de Clario, which included a spectrum of seven fluorescent lights .

16 November 2008

Flora Aeterna


Local and universal, before and after Boticelli's Primavera, Flora today outside the Hepburn Springs General Store. On her leg is writ, 'Fabulous Flower Festa - this Sat & Sun 10am-4pm'. The town is abundant with visitors come to look at gardens and flowers.

15 November 2008

Think about


Today, as the Global Financial Crisis continues and as many unthinkables are being openly considered, the G20 leaders (Group of 20 advanced and emerging nations) are meeting in Washington to ask, "What do we do now?".

This from Reuters_India :
G20 draft outlines concrete action plan
Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:01am IST

"The summit will have concrete results. You can take this as guaranteed," a senior official of a European G20 country said.

The official said the draft statement contains both a section dealing with the causes of the global credit crisis and an "action plan."

"The action plan will contain several headlines, under which concrete proposals are summarized," the official added. "There is a division between actions which should be taken immediately until March 31st and medium-term actions."

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14 November 2008



Karl Marx classic 'Capital' selling well in crisis
Oct 17, 2008
"FRANKFURT (AFP) — Whether it is simply a fashion cycle or a sign of the times, books by communist icon Karl Marx are selling well, German publisher Joern Schuetrumpf said Friday."

(Read this article at ...)

Bush's plea to save capitalism.
Nov 14, 2008
That's the extraordinary sign-o-the-times headline on the front page of today's (Melbourne) AGE.

(Read this article at ...)

Iraq War Ends : Troops to Return Immediately
Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge

Nation Sets its Sights on Building a Sane Economy
Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Must be something in the air today?

(Read these articles at ...)

More about this in today's post at Land of Meg

Take me to The Yes Men

13 November 2008

12 November 2008

We know what girls like : more from SOCIALISTIKA FOTOGRAPHIE

Instruktion on a model for a public projection-space capsule
to be known as O Motherland, Womb of Steel.

11 November 2008

We know what boys like : more from SOCIALISTIKA FOTOGRAPHIE

Konstruction of a model for a public projection-space ideogram
to be known as The Great Uprising.

08 November 2008



China's iron fist cracks down to subdue Tibetan rebels

Cameron Stewart, Associate editor, THE AUSTRALIAN
November 08, 2008

"IN the ancient back alleys of Tibet's capital, Lhasa, a grim military operation has played out this week, hidden from the eyes of the world... "

(Full article here ...)

07 November 2008

06 November 2008

'A day for little things, no doubt, but who would dare despise it?'


After the momentousness of yesterday's events, 'A day for little things, no doubt, but who would dare despise it?' (Zechariah 3:1-4:14)

At Bonzaview, our wild old apple tree glorious with blossom and promise.