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.

21 July 2009

projection-space anniversary

First cinema
The Sun the light
The Moon the silver screen
The Earth the theatre
We the audience

Most early screenings are no longer recorded.

The Man in the Moon (who carries a bundle of thorn-twigs and is accompanied by a dog) is recorded since c.1310. And it is known that some Japanese see there a rice-cake-making rabbit.

Reminders also of Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) with it's silver screen, border crossing visitation. But first, this 1969 photo as 10,000 people in New York's Central Park watch the Apollo 11 moon landing and cheer as Neil Armstrong creates the first moon walk.

Further such may be imagined by visiting 2000 Moon Names at 2000 NAMES.COM. For instance :

BADR (بدر): Arabic unisex name meaning "full moon."
CHANDRA (চন্দ্র): Hindi unisex name meaning "moon." In mythology, this is the name of a lunar and fertility god.
MEZTLI: Nahuatl unisex name meaning "moon."
YUE (月): Chinese unisex name meaning "moon.

AKU: Babylonian myth name of a god of the moon, meaning "moon."
BADRU: Egyptian name meaning "born during the full moon."
CHANDRAKANT (चन्द्रकान्त): Hindi name composed of the elements chandra "moon" and kanta "beloved," hence "moon lover." In mythology, this is the name of the moonstone that was created by moonlight.
IAH: Egyptian name meaning "moon." In mythology, this is the name of a god of the moon.

ALKMENE (Ἀλκμήνη): Greek name meaning "might of the moon." In mythology, this is the name of the mortal mother of Hercules by Zeus.
AYSUN: Turkish name meaning "beautiful as the moon."
BADRIYAH (بدريّة): Feminine form of Arabic unisex Badr, meaning " full moon."
CANDRA: Indonesian name from a love story about princess Candra Kirana of Kediri. Candra was the incarnation of Dewi Ratih, goddess of love, and her name means "glowing like the moon."
CHANDRAKANTA (चन्द्रकान्ता): Feminine form of Hindi Chandrakant, meaning "loved by the moon."
HAKIDONMUYA: Native American Hopi name meaning "time of the waiting moon."

Dad had a newspaper delivered to our home each day. Thus it was we followed the human journey to the moon via The Sun.

Junior bL kept some of these for the heap.

1969.07.17_The Sun_OFF TO THE MOON_400w

1969.07.18_The Sun_WAKE UP_400w

1969.07.19_The Sun_MID FLIGHT TEST_400w

1969.07.21_The Sun_NOW THE LANDING_400w

1969.07.22_The Sun_THEIR DAY ON THE MOON_400

1969.07.23_The Sun_THE HOME RUN_400w

1969.07.25_The Sun_HI EARTH_400w