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 June 2011

Your Response Here

After yesterday's L'Homme sandwich (Bergeret, 1904), an email today from ACCA delivers this image of Anastasia Klose at the vernissage of the 2011 Venice Biennale. L'Femme sandwich.
La Future Mariée

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...


The epibLOG to the previous post was the lyrics of Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. John Lennon wrote them as a response to a nineteenth century Pablo Fanque's Circus poster. We were reminded of this yesterday ( -1 June 2011- ) by a sandwich board list of events for a 1 June 1904 Grande Représentation.

Pablo Fanque's Venice Biennale Poster_325

Today, as we recall attending the 1988 Bienale di Venezia Vernissage - that Grande Représentation of the World Art tribes - as we receive latest reports from there and imagine the present spectacle, these lyrics sing anew. All together now...

Bienale di Venezia
Vernissage : 1 - 3 June 2011

for the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo-Fanques is there, what a scene
Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!
The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate
The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring don't be late
Mrs. K assures the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!
(Circus organ music)
The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten somersets he'll undertake on solid ground
Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill.
(Circus organ music.)

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite Lyrics
composed by John Lennon
credited to Lennon/McCartney
recorded by The Beatles, 1967