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.


31 July 2013

PROTEST REBUS

    
We've shown various rebus before - usually French and from the decades either side of 1900.

Here is one received today from the protesting residents of the Victorian town Tecoma. 
       


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No Legal Rights Without Equal Legal Representation?

This is an issue that has us thinking again about un/equal representation before the Law. 

In this case, MacDonald's sought planning permission from the local Council to build a MacDonald's restaurant in Tecoma, opposite a kindergarten. The Council ruled against this. 

MacDonald's, with a team of top lawyers, then took the Council to VCAT. VCAT ruled against the Council. 

Prohibitive further legal costs meant that the Council could not take the case further. The locals began their on-site protests. 

MacDonalds then brought THEIR full force of the Law down upon the protestors... this from Crikey :

The writ states that McDonald’s, which makes $5 billion a year globally, will seek unspecified damages and costs and wide-ranging injunctions against the protesters either remaining on or entering the site and using social media to prosecute their campaign.
Four of the eight fronted the Victorian Supreme Court this morning and heard that McDonald’s blue-chip law firm Norton Rose Fulbright would seek to make one protester, Janine Watson, “representative” of the roof dwellers while the seventh defendant, Marcia Stewart, would represent protesters blocking access to the construction site. This would allow the court to place blanket notices at Tecoma to ward off all dissenters without having to specify the names of individuals...
Read full article at :
Revealed: the full McDonald’s Tecoma writs and affidavits
      
             
        

30 July 2013

Suspended S Word

         

FIAPCE _ with apology to Tom Eckersley  
          
           
Danger! [ Dangled lure... )
or
Damocles and the Suspended Projection-Space


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27 July 2013

The S Word

    
"Unsheathe your dagger definitions."
 James Joyce, Ulysses
     


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25 July 2013

Demonstrable X

           
 The Lovers 
 Rene Magritte
 1928

 Demonstrable Ideograms : Specific-Bonding detail
 The Public Service : Theatre of the Actors of Regard
 2013



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23 July 2013

morealphabetgrids

     
In recent posts, we've been looking at some alphabet grids : the drunken crosswords of the bowlers at Lord's (here) and an early 20th century French meta-puzzle (here).

Then, last night we watched the final episode of Breaking Bad, season 5. Again, more alphabet grids, starting with the inspired - the lead character Walter White is a chemist - opening credits that use the periodic table of chemical elements.

   
Now you can be your own Breaking Bad meth lab.
      
Step into the Breaking Bad lab and see your name transformed with element symbols like the iconic logo itself. Then share or download your personalized periodic table name.
       
     
If the opening credits are the Alpha guide to Breaking Bad then in last night's series concluder the fate of Hector Salamanca's alphabet board was the Omega... 
No spoilers here. Check it out for yourself.   
           

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20 July 2013

"Now, where were we?"

      
In our previous post, we quoted Henry Blofield's description of the bowlers' run-up marks chalked on the green at either end of the Lord's wicket.

"It's like a crossword puzzle that had, perhaps, a drink too much."
          
We have been much entertained since, imagining the antics of drunken crosswords.

Not quite that, but not far off, is this early 2oth century crossword puzzle from the archive of our Paris office. Concours de perspicacit├ę No.3 (literally Insight Competition No.3).
    


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We imagine it re-captioned : "Members of Lord's scramble to decipher drunken crossword."
       


    
We imagine, too, that 'Blowers' gets there first and, seeing it to be a meta-map, declares: "My dear old things, it appears we are here already!"
    



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18 July 2013

'Blowers' sets the scene

     
The Ashes

England versus Australia

Day one at Lords, 20 minutes into the opening session.

On the radio, Henry 'Blowers' Blofeld is describing the scene.

"One or two pigeons cavorting away over there...". 
     
This is standard opening fare for Henry, and much appreciated by his legion of fans.
    
        
His eye now in, he fixes on the white chalk marks of the bowlers' run-ups at either end of the wicket.  

"It's like a crossword puzzle that had, perhaps, a drink too much." 
           
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 Admirer with banner at Headingley, Leeds, 8 August 1996

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16 July 2013

MELBOURNE NOW : more details announced

         
Technical details :
Issue date: 2 July 2013
Issue withdrawal date: 31 January 2014
FDI withdrawal date: 31 July 2013
Denominations: 5 x 60c
Illustration: Gavin Ryan
Stamp & product design: Sharon Rodziewicz
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper - gummed: Tullis Russell
Paper - self-adhesive: B100
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 35mm x 35mm
Perforations: 14.226 x 14.226
Sheet layout: Module of 50
National postmark: Sydney, NSW 2000

Melbourne -
Gutter strip 10 x 60c
     

collection : FIAPCE 
We collected this gutter strip from the local Post Office today.

Behind the couple in the stamp, looking at their MELBOURNE NOW
gallery guide, is an updated rendition of John Brack's The Car, 1955.


collection : National Gallery of Victoria  


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We are reminded of this image of Ed Ruscha looking at his book Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1967.
    
 
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15 July 2013

Let's think about it...

     
The Man Who Thinks 
Invests in FINCK'S
- Promotional Slogan : W.M. FINCK & CO.

  
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QUESTION:

Isn't having a market-based system, though, quite within the philosophy of the Coalition? Indeed, Howard and the thesis by Greg Hunt in the past? Isn't that kind of what needs to happen?

TONY ABBOTT:

This is not a true market. Just ask yourself what an emissions trading scheme is all about. It's a market, a so-called market, in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one.

QUESTION:

Isn’t that like financial markets?

TONY ABBOTT:

I mean let's think about it. It is a market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one and look...



 - Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition
   Monday 15 July 2013 



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14 July 2013

The longer you look at it...

    
   
In   Zen                                  they   say:

            If   something   is   boring   after   two
  minutes,
                                               try   it
 for   four.
                                                        If
  still   boring,
                                                       try
  it   for   eight,

                                                  sixteen,


                           thirty-two,


             and   so   on.



Eventually   one   discovers   that   it’s   not
boring   at   all
                           but   very    interesting.


        
- John Cage, Indeterminacy


.   .   .   .



"How long is a piece of sing?"

- Uncle Doug, The Coodabeens, Saturday 13 July 2013

     
.   .   .   .

         

QUESTION:

But you were also a proponent of carbon pricing at one point?


TONY ABBOTT:


Look, the thing about this tax is that the more you see of it the worse it gets. The longer you look at it, the more of a disaster it is for our country and if it’s true that Labor is on the point of moving from a fixed tax to a floating tax, it essentially has indicated everything the Coalition has been saying about this all along. It’s a bad tax, it’s bad for families, it’s bad for jobs, it’s bad for everyone.

        
- Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition
  Sunday 14 July 2013
  Interview Transcript here


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12 July 2013

PIG-IRON DUALISM

       
Last time, we looked at a PIG-IRON BOB poster.
    
 
   
Two things linked together
PIG linked to IRON

Two things linked together
PIG-IRON linked to BOB

Two things linked together
PIG-IRON BOB! linked to POSTER
          
Two things linked together
WORD linked to WORD
   
Two things linked together
LOGOS/HA HA linked to LOGOS/HA HA

Here's another, this one from 1983 :
 
Two things linked together
Person linked to Art
someone linked to something...
          
Two things linked together
Specific-Bonding detail
   
Two things linked together
LOGOS/HA HA linked to LOGOS/HA HA      


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10 July 2013

What goes around comes around

        
The earliest graffiti that we recall is from a time when graffiti was rare, the 1950s. It had probably been painted a decade or two earlier. In large white letters on the red bricks of the railway arch over the road at Golden Square. It said PIG-IRON BOB.

Parents told the story and school reinforced it. Before the war, against the protests of the workers, Bob Menzies sold Our Scrap Iron to the Japs and they'd sent it back as Bombs on Darwin. PIG-IRON BOB

On Sunday night, the ABC Australian history series, Chris Masters' The Years That Made Us, referred to this episode.

They showed this image from 1946. We noticed the young boy looking at that simple effective poster, and wondered if he understood (when we did not, back then,) why these two word-things were linked: PIG-IRON
      

A political protest in Darlinghurst, Sydney, 18 September 1946. 
Bruce Howard Collection_National Library of Australia

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Also, we made a quick note (see below) to seek out later another fleeting PIG-IRON image. A wharfie looking at a bicycle wheel. So simple, so profound: what goes around, comes around.



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06 July 2013

HEAD 2 HEAD

    
THE HEAD OF U

REGARDS
               


THE HEAD OF DJ SHADOW

REGARDS 



THE HEADS OF THE OBSERVERS OF THIS DRAWTHING BY ERHARD SCHON

REGARD

THE HEAD OF U

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04 July 2013

Meet the BlockHeads

   
It all started simply enough...

"Who am I?"


                    
 "And what will I have become?"
   

 Block Party, Luca Cambiaso, c.1565  

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02 July 2013

Recent Up Date

          
We recently received some eNews from the MCA Sydney. It included this digital image promoting the exhibition JEFF WALL Photographs
    

    
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Also, we recently attended a tableau performance of the rebus C for Your Self by Theatre of the Actors of Regard.
       

      
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01 July 2013

Early readymades traced to Australia


It is now thought that Marcel Duchamp's two most famous readymades, the originals of which went missing shortly after they were made, found their way to Australia.

The first of these is Bicycle Wheel.
Bicycle Wheel is a readymade by Marcel Duchamp consisting of a bicycle fork with front wheel mounted upside-down on a wooden stool.
In 1913 at his Paris studio he mounted the bicycle wheel upside down onto a stool, spinning it occasionally just to watch it. Later he denied that its creation was purposeful, though it has come to be known as the first of his readymades. "I enjoyed looking at it," he said. "Just as I enjoy looking at the flames dancing in the fireplace." It was not until he began making readymades a few years later in New York that he decided Bicycle Wheel was a readymade.
The original from 1913 was lost, and Duchamp recreated the sculpture in 1951. Bicycle Wheel is said to be the first kinetic sculpture.

- wikipedia


The second is Fountain.
Fountain is a 1917 work widely attributed to Marcel Duchamp. The scandalous work was a porcelain urinal, which was signed "R.Mutt" and titled Fountain. Submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917, Fountain was rejected by the committee, even though the rules stated that all works would be accepted from artists who paid the fee. Fountain was displayed and photographed at Alfred Stieglitz's studio, and the photo published in The Blind Man, but the original has been lost. The work is regarded by some art historians and theorists of the avant-garde, such as Peter B├╝rger, as a major landmark in 20th century art. Replicas commissioned by Duchamp in the 1960s are now on display in a number of different museums.
Shortly after its initial exhibition, Fountain was lost. According to Duchamp biographer Calvin Tomkins, the best guess is that it was thrown out as rubbish by Stieglitz, a common fate of Duchamp's early readymades.

- wikipedia

Following a lead...
   

 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 6 March 1925 p 6 Article
... QUARTER SESSIONS. No. 1 Court.-Thomas Bath (part-heard). No. 2 Court.-Henry Davis, breaking, entering, and stealing; Raymond Alfred Summerhayes and Spencer Cornford, steal a motor cycle
...researchers from FIAPCE identified, in the archives of the Sydney Central Police, a 1924 photograph of the cycle thief Spencer Cornford behind whom the Bicycle Wheel (1913) and the Fountain (1917) can both be clearly seen.
     
Cornford served as a mechanic with the AIF in France during the Great War. Demobbed in Paris in 1918, he sailed from there to New York, serving his passage as a member of the crew. Having somehow 'souvenired' the famous artist's chair wheel in Paris, he then chanced upon the scandal of the second object when in New York. 

Spencer Cornford traced the urinal to the studio of the photographer Stieglitz and from there added it to his wartime travel collection - something queer to show his mates back home : "Over there, they call this art."

The whereabouts of these two objects is now, again, unknown.
       

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