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 September 2011

Offshore Pavilion Solution : The Response

Since word got out about the Offshore Australia(n) Pavilion option for Australia's participation in the Venice Biennale the response has been extraordinary.

As reported on ABC.TV : Debate over Australia's cultural stage in Venice

Although the Offshore Solution is yet to get the official nod, umbratects internationale, under their distinctive club-colours umbrellas, along with the zippier zealots of the Art Cult are already arriving en masse at the former Australia Pavilion in the Venice giardini.

Insisting this will soon be confirmed as the Processing Facility for the Offshore Australia(n) Pavilion - despite the denials of puzzled Australian Officials - the New Arrivals are forming orderly queues in anticipation of being among the first to be issued Temporary Exhibition Visas.

Even a Black Bat, from Melbourne...

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