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.

04 October 2010


Collingwood 16.12.108
St Kilda 7.10.52

Heading home after a prolonged period in Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final and its replay, these three St Kilda supporters pause to consider the advertiser's art.

In recent weeks we've looked at a number of these Public Projection-Spaces. We've seen one decorated with red and blue Burra ballons; another used as a prop by French performance artists; and now this one, exploited by the Field of Desire Cigarette Company.

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