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 January 2009

projection-space : IT'S A HOAX! (continued...)

Summer Fun at THE AGE, it would seem, as the heavy news goes to the inside pages.

Yesterday their front page newsprint headline was

For those of us who remember the 1982 Falklands War coverage, perhaps this rings an earlier tabloid bell.

Seems it's a pay-back in the local Culture War. THE AGE article includes some thoughts on whether the "fabrication" is a "hoax" (those who laugh) or a "fraud" (those who do not laugh). This image snapped from the online edition :

UPDATE : January 9, page one, 6 column wide photo, lead article :
The blogs of war: how Quadrant hoaxer was outed

Today, THE AGE leads with a six column wide, page one photo of a two year old and her paintings. And their killer headline?
My Kid could paint that : todler's abstract art on show
IS THIS a story of a child prodigy or a deliberate joke at the expense of the art world? In the curious case of Aelita Andre, it could be both of those things — or neither. (More... )