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.

28 July 2011

WEST SPACE the next generation

The latest incarnation of WEST SPACE opens tonight!

2011.06_WEST SPACE crew
West Space is proud to announce the opening of our exciting new premises in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Over the last few months the West Space staff, Board, Program Committee, volunteers, builders, architects, electricians, floor sanders, plasterers, City of Melbourne staff, and a fantastic community of artists have been working hard preparing our beautiful new venue. It is now time to open our doors to the public.

from the email:
WEST SPACE is launching!

The opening is tonight : 6 - 9pm

Level 1, 225 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

exhibition hours :
Wed - Fri 12 - 6pm
Sat 12 - 5pm

website : http://westspace.org.au/