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.

12 May 2013

An overnight flit to Marvellous Melbourne

Primarily for the Friday night footy (unbeaten Cats vs unbeaten BOMBERS) as art appears to appear at every turn...


We are walking up Franklin Street on the way to the game and... there's an exhibition opening. It's by HA HA (Regan Tamanui), one of Melbourne's best known street artists, recently returned from New Zealand.  'METAMORPHOSIS' at Dark Horse Experiment. Really enjoyed it. 

Below, some snaps of Metamorphosis, the mural. More such at The Unreal Adventures of HA HA where he describes this work as the seed of life, which he links to the wikipedia site Flower of Life.

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/  
someone looks at something ...

As one who appreciates the theatre of supporting evidence - something because... and ...to be seen to be done - there was much here to enjoy. The open room of work strewn stencils. Masks as masks, indeed!
Tape remains and first squirts...


Walking back from the game we take a path through a new Docklands arcade. In front of us there's a young (10-12)  BOMBERS  supporter. On his red-on-black jumper stripe an impressive collection of Essendon team signatures. 

Now, on our right, there's a smart new artwork by Melbourne artist Emily Floyd. We the football homeward push quickly past, too fast to read the text. The young  BOMBER  gently pads, taps and raps his hand on each next coloured metal thing. Each drum|ming produces a different sound. We note the composition and the performance with amused delight. Incidental Art Music_Melbourne.

Emily Floyd
New Ways of Thinking, 2012

We note also in that passing place the suspended projection-space ideograms of dependent-arising.
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Each awaits its signage overlay and passage of eye drum|mers.

All as ever.

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someone looks at something ...