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.

02 February 2011

Afterglow: performance art & photography

Following from yesterday's post, more people in the street...

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at the 1978 Daylesford New Year's Eve Street Parade, as photographed by Mr. Camerahead.

And again. This time capturing the flash and afterglow of one of the actors.

These photos are part of the current exhibition
Afterglow: performance art & photography
at Monash Gallery of Art until 3 April.

From the media release:
...this exhibition looks at the productive role that photography has played in the performance-based activities and procedures of visual artists in Australia over the last thirty years.

Artists: Gordon Bennett, Juan Davila, Cherine Fahd, Bert Flugelman, Hayden Fowler, Tim Johnson, Ash Keating, Ben Morieson, Jill Orr, Mike Parr, Robert Rooney, Linda Sproul, Slave Pianos, Stelarc, David M Thomas, Peter Tyndall, Justene Williams

Also in the exhibition are photos of Mr. Camerahead by Michael Lawrence

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...