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.

19 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (4)

Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall

at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014
TAR unplanned Act : Cousin Paula arrives shortly after 6pm, expecting a public lecture. She gives to the TAR documentor a photo made by his Aunt Elva at Crusoe Reservoir, Kangaroo Flat, in the early 1960s.

TAR tableau vivant :  
"Boys. We're here. It's over. Come back."
On 'Hannah Gadsby's OZ' (ABC TV) last night, there was that same pose again. Aussies at war in Europe, 1915, looking back at us across time and water : "Boys. Come over here. You're wanted".
poster : Museum of Victoria   
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...