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.

23 April 2015

The Charge of the Light Regard : a timeline

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Theatre of the Actors of the Regard saw the light, and it was good.

1919 : The Irish poet W.B.Yeats composes The Second Coming.
It concludes with the lines :

    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
1920 : The word robot is relatively recent. From the Czech robotnik "slave" and robota "forced labor", it was first used by Karel Čapek in 1920, in his sci-fi play R.U.R. (Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti with the original English subtitle Rossum’s Universal Robots.)

1927 : The first robot appears on film in Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

1933 : The film King Kong in which a gorilla colossus is loosed upon the Modern City colossus.

1935 : Two years later, Melbourne stages the All-Electrical Exhibition. The promotional image shows a robot colossus standing over and over-scaling the great Royal Exhibition Building as it regards the equally great electrically luminous exhibition architecture.

     See : Power and Modernity : A Photo Essay on the Centenary
     All-Electricity Exhibition, 1935  by Robin Grow, 2008
Light Show :

2015 : This 2013 exhibition from London's Hayward Gallery is restaged at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (16 April - 5 July 2015)


Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
See your Self (sic) see the Electrical Man see the Electrical Wonders of this bLOGOS/HA HA Light Show :
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...