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.

07 September 2013

Australia Votes

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
The Apocalypse
(after Albrecht Dürer's The Apocalypse & Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel)         
On the eve of the 2013 Australian Federal Election, members of the White Art Cult arrive for an exclusive viewing of The Apocalypse by Albrecht Dürer.

 They regard the images of The Candidates 

 and talk of the better times soon to come.

 No more Refugee Boats!

 No more Carbon Tax!

 No more Mining Tax!

 Remember the Pink Bats!

 The evening is a great success. 

 A waiter trips and falls. He spills the canapés...

 Everybody laughs!

 A fat man is shakin' his ass, shakin his ass*

 Such relief! The Lucky Country back to normal.

 If only we could stay this way this forever.

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