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.

07 December 2009

ShiLOGOS/HA HA : regarding The Shilo Project

All roads lead to everywhere
travel agent's magnet on bLOGOS/HA HA beer fridge

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First Principles :

The sleeve of The Beatles' so called white album (1968) is not blank, it's white, and embossed with the title : THE BEATLES. White image, white text.

There's a detailed presentation about THE BEATLES. album sleeve at beatlesagain.com The album's working title was A Doll's House and a colourful sleeve was prepared to illustrate this idea. Perhaps this is why Peter Atkins has embossed his Shilo album sleeve THE BEATLES.

Ditto :

The Neil Diamond Shilo sleeve (1970) is not blank.

Whence cometh this imaginary lack view? In French, white and blank both are un blanc. Perhaps that's it? Ceci n'est pas un blanc.

Does the conceptual origin of the blank Australia project(ion) perhaps still locally sustain this abject view : blankness?

Terra Nullius; the empty interior; Picnic At Hanging Rock

Climbers Disappear On Mount Blank

From white to blank to black and back : the Slave Guitars of the Art Cult (1981) break-through album Only Blank Minds.

Just as THE BEATLES. (1968) became known as The White Album so also with Only Blank Minds. The black-on-black of its Black Square (in Slave Guitar) spinning across the black square of the sleeve has it now often referred to as this band's black album. Sometimes it is known as the blank album since, after-Cage, there were no tracks listed, no spiral scratched, no identifiable Music given. Anti-Music historians like to write it as the bla_k album, to indicate it's multivalent and/but ultimately unfixed character.

At the opening of The Shilo Project exhibition

Chris McAuliffe read an extract from the new edition of Vincent Van Gogh's letters, from an 1884 letter to his brother Theo.
You don't know how paralysing it is, that stare from a blank canvas that says to the painter, you can't do anything. The canvas has an idiotic stare, and mesmerises some painters so that they turn into idiots themselves.

Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares - and who has broken the spell of 'you can't'.

Vincent wrote most of these letters in Dutch; one third in French; just ten in English. We note this in relation to the earlier comments about white/blank blanc/blanc con-fusion and more generally in puzzling about that curious Western spectre the terrorising void, the imaginary malevolent physical psychological exhaustively empty space ] where no-one can hear you scream [ as you struggle to bridge the one dot (I) to an other (I/not I)
Full Stop .

blank :
early 13c., from O.Fr. blanc "white, shining," from Frankish *blank "white, gleaming," of W.Gmc. origin (cf. O.E. blanca "white horse"), from P.Gmc. *blangkaz, from PIE *bhleg- "to shine" (see bleach). Originally "colorless," meaning "having empty spaces" evolved c.1400. Sense of "void of expression" (a blank look) is from 1553. The noun in the sense of "empty space" (in a document, etc.) is from c.1570.
- Online Etymology Dictionary

not blank
The Diamond View

interconnected, interdependent ...

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something . . .