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.

20 May 2015

Defining the Modern Australian Landscape

Protagonist in a Curatorial Landscape

Today, to be settled on The Field of play...
Defining the Modern Australian Landscape
The Prime Minister's XI
Artists and the Media

"Menzies, this is your idea (1951).
You toss the coin." 

PM Sir Robert Menzies tosses the coin. 
"The Queen's Head it is."

PM John Howard:
"Right you are Sir Robert, I'll have a bowl."
PM Bob Hawke:
 "A-a-a-a-gh, in that case I'll bat."

A disastrous innings by the Prime Minister's XI. 

Now "Tassie" Drysdale (Captain) and his team take to The Field with a meta-view and projection-space paradigm.


Senator George Brandis QC (Prime Minister's XI) appeals loudly against the Drysdale strategy :
"How's that?"

From Bay 13, Theatre of the Actors of Regard consider his appeal and deliver their judgement :
"You must remember that
A bat is just a bat, 
a sigh is just a sigh. 
The fundamental things will still apply 
As the ball flies by."

chorus :

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

              LOGOS/HA HA