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.

10 April 2014

The Moth-er of All Musikals

“Everything is sane. The Moths have gone away."
- Mark von Schlegell
The Lepidopters : A Space Opera
SATURDAY April 12 at 3.00PM & 7.30PM
SUNDAY April 13 at 5.00PM

North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne

Slave Pianos Rohan Drape, Neil Kelly, Antanas Kesminas, Danius Kesminas, Dave Nelson, Michael Stevenson
The Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey
Punkasila Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, Rudy ‘Atjeh’ Dharmawan, Antariksa, Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto, Prihatmoko ‘Moki’ Catur
Rachel Saraswati voice/dance
Michael Kieran Harvey piano
Aviva Endean clarinet Laila Engle flute Daniel Richardson percussion
Richard Piper narrator
Terra Bajraghosa video artist


A kulturnautic expedition defying the sovereign borders of visual arts and music, The Lepidopters responds to a commissioned text by sci-fi writer Mark von Schlegell, in which alien moths invade the Indonesian archipelago with the aim of colonising Earth through inter-species reproduction. Including projected illustrations and film by Yogyakarta artists Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto and Terra Bajraghosa, this multi-art-form concert draws on the work of Robert Smithson to investigate sonic landscapes and dystopian visions, Indonesian telepathy, ancient Javanese mysticism, and art practices both traditional and modern.

Central to the staging of The Lepidopters are the Sedulur Gamelan (“Gamelan Sisters”) – a self-governing electro-mechanical ‘slave gamelan’ housed in two large interlocking wooden structures.

A trailblazing choir, a concert pianist, a pop-star mezzo-soprano, a punk band with just- intonation ‘gyrostatic’ guitars, noise machines, video installation, an automated gamelan and analogue electronics, The Lepidopters is a renegade cross-cultural and inter-planetary event.

Tickets : Full $25/Conc $20/Student $15 (tickets selling fast!)
Bookings : artshouse.com.au
or (03) 9329 9966

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