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.

18 May 2015

Figures in a Curatorial Landscape

LECTURE : Artistic freedom and cultural critique in the context of corporatism in the art world

Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA] and Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA] are pleased to co-present in partnership with the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) and the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, a keynote lecture by Charles Esche, Director, the Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands. This lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, followed by a conversation between Charles Esche and Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

Date: Friday 22 May 2015
Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm
Venue: Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture
Level 1, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Free event. Bookings essential: muma.rsvp@monash.edu 

For almost two decades, Charles Esche has been a protagonist in reshaping the curatorial landscape. His work as a director of important European institutions, curator of major biennials and both writer and publisher of critical texts have sought to investigate the role of art as ...
Protagonist reshaping the curatorial landscape? We do puzzle at the persistent evocation of non-landscape landscapes. Figure in a curatorial landscape? Don Quixote?

Gustave Doré  
 Reshaping curatorial art practice, perhaps? 
 Landscape, seascape, cityscape, moonscape,
 mindscape, languescape, LOGOS/HA HAscape...
 Curating the curatorscape!

   FIAPCE : Figures in a Cultural Landscape (after Drysdale)  

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