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.


31 March 2015

'The blackest day in Australian sport'

         

"What a performance!"
barry@OffTheBench
      

"Third Season - Must End Soon!"
prompter@TAR
         

"Just one more black square day in Australian art!"
Mr.D@TheCentenarian

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30 March 2015

New Angel, Old Angel


old angels young angels feel alright
on a warm San Franciscan night

   - 'San Franciscan Nights'
   Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1967
          
Yesterday, hereabouts, a transport of young angels passed by
         


Today, another such sighting : 
Paul Klee's Angelus Novus (New Angel) 1920,
spiriting to Venice to see what the summoning fuss is all about


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28 March 2015

Behold the Beheld!

           
Here again is the Trade Mark of Raphael Tuck & Sons. This time in a far grander presentation than we showed yesterday.
       
   
Today, the Trade Mark is set in an elliptical scroll frame, with an accompaniment of four New Angels. The three who carry it follow the directions of the fourth. As we can see, they are taking it in that > direction > over there somewhere >


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27 March 2015

Major Look!

   
What a beaut. Mrs Chook with bonnet and apron, her bird's head umbrella tucked under her wing as she looks at this semi-attached poster. Its lower part is pinned to the fence, the upper part directly to the postcard's image-space.
      
Lovely back view : behind the poster, behind the fence, behind the semi-detached. Behind this postcard (verso) this verse : to Miss M Bishop, 
with loving wishes from PJ.
           

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Behind Mrs Chook's boots, too. See :
         

Printed in gold, the rectangular projection-space with the monogram RTS (Raphael Tuck & Sons), supported on an easel and with an artist's palette and brushes (Artistic Series) in the foreground.
   
Do you see all that? 

And did you see this

Well, "Made you look you dirty chook!"

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25 March 2015

WOT YOU DO


A Man Held review: Christian Capurro's mobile phone images at Centre for Contemporary Photography

Above is the online headline of the review of you 
by Robert Nelson in The Age today.

The opening paragraph :
         
If I show you a picture in a book, you look into the image and ignore my thumbs. Your brain tells you to enter the world in the picture and disregard my random jitters. Unconsciously, you experience a desire to hold the book yourself, so that your own body-vibrations are normalised.

The closing paragraph :
            
Shot on your posh digital camera, you wouldn't think twice about the images: they'd just stay on your hard disk as a record for a chance to boast that you'd captured such beauty. But like Capurro, Koller holds something fragile in his hands, trembling with uncertainty, unfixed, transient, evanescent with that hazy improbability that aesthetic experience shares with life itself.
            
A Man Writ review : here 
        


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24 March 2015

re. Certain Holdings Pty Ltd


In response to the previous post, T writes :
       
'A twig is just a deterritorialised branch' thus spake deleuze & guattari.
    
That clinches it : of the ready contenders for the next post, this c.1984 crazy de\|/territorialised HAND SPACE image must get the nod. 


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22 March 2015

I twig


twig (1)
noun

1. a slender shoot of a tree or other plant.
2. a small offshoot from a branch or stem.
3. a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch:
a fire of twigs.
4. Anatomy. one of the minute branches of a blood vessel or nerve
    

Related forms
twigless, adjective; twiglike, adjective

Origin : before 950; Middle English; Old English twig, twigge, orig. (something) divided in two; akin to Old High German zwīg (German Zweig), Dutchtwijg; compare Sanskrit dvikás double
       

Arbor scientie venerabilis et celitus illuminati patris Raymundi Lulii Maioricensis, Lyon 1515.

twig (2)
verb, British (used with object), twigged, twigging.
1. to look at; observe:
Now, twig the man climbing there, will you?
2. to see; perceive:
Do you twig the difference in colors?
3. to understand.verb (used without object), twigged, twigging.
4. to understand.
            
Origin :
1755-65 < Irish tuigim I understand, with English w reflecting the offglide before i of the velarized Irish t typical of southern Ireland


Charles Darwin, sketch of the origin of species - notebook B (1837)
            
twig (3)
noun, British
1. style; fashion.

Origin :
1805-15; origin uncertain
Dictionary.com Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 20155.
             
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18 March 2015

HAND SPACE


After yesterday's post, a mention of HAND SPACE seems long overdue.



        HAND SPACE

HAND SPACE is an exhibition space, founded in the spirit of the bare-foot doctor service.

HAND SPACE is a human architecture, functioning as a passage for the display, employment and flow (exchange) of contemporsary "objecture".

HAND SPACE exhibits/exhibitions are available at all times to the enerrgies of ananlysis and criticism.

HAND SPACE is intended as a simple, shared tool, at once illustrating and questioning the forces and relationships that support and maintain our daily living.
     
Here's the manifesto as scanned from ART & TEXT #2 (Winter 1981) where it was published among the various other gallery advertisements (Tolarno, Realities, Gallery A, Art Projects etc).
     

      AAA_Art Archive Australia   
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17 March 2015

Dear Diary

       
Yesterday a quick trip to Melbourne. 
       

   
Conversation with Mr D for several hours - art, Australia, history, everything. Then to ACCA for Juliana Engberg in conversation with the artist designer bookseller and curator of NEW15 Matt Hinkley and three of the artists in that exhibition: Ash Kilmartin, George Egerton-Warburton, Kate Newby.
       
This is the last of Juliana's NEW@ACCA series. Over the period of her ACCA directorship, these annual presentations have formally introduced about 100 artists, she said. In April, Juliana will take on her own NEW role as Programme Director for the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. 
        
We remember when Juliana arrived at the Ewing & George Paton Galleries as the NEW assistant there. Here's Juliana with Christine (on the ladder) installing Daylesford Embroidered Banners, 1984.


    
'A day for little things, no doubt, but who would dare despise it?' (Zechariah 3:1-4:14)
     
NEW15 artist Kate Newby's contribution includes some 'pocket sculptures' (below) which she has given to the curator and her fellow artists, to be returned at the exhibition's conclusion with some reckoning of their play in the world over that time.

         

            
Ash Kilmartin showed me her Kate Newby pocket sculpture collection, held in trust, including a silver cast hairpin, along with some similar size findings and devisings of her own : Matt has divined here a distinctive zeitgeist sensibility. These we regarded and discussed. 

  
Drops of rain fall upon the Great See.
On the surface 
this net of ripples 
entrance
         

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15 March 2015

The Deep See

       

THE MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW
Guest: Salvador Dali
19 April 1958

WALLACE: Good evening...Tonight we go after the story of an extraordinary personality. He's Salvador Dali, the great surrealist painter who sees the world through surrealist eyes. If you're curious to hear Salvador Dali talk about decadence, death and immortality, about his surrealist art, his politics and his existence before he was born,we'll go after those stories in just a moment. My name is Mike Wallace, the cigarette is Parliament.
                  

        
WALLACE: ... About lecturing with your head enclosed in a diving helmet, why? why?

DALI: Because I think there is nothing like it. The audience understand Dali when penetrate in the bottom of the sea...

WALLACE: What's that?

DALI: Penetrate.

WALLACE: Penetrate ?

DALI: In the bottom of subconscient mean... sea... In- inside the sea.

WALLACE: Yes, down in the sea?

DALI: In the depth of the sub-conscious.

       
     
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13 March 2015

2015 Intergenerational Report

   
Theatre of the Actors of Regard     

presents       

The Proper Goose that Lied the Golden Egg
   
The Truth Lies  
In the Past     
In the Present  
In the Future   

- poeter  
     
    2015 Intergenerational Report
               
                 Authorised by The Government 
                 Spoken by Karl Kruszelnicki

                 But first, this important announcement :
  
                 Fear of Change? 
                 Try this Unchanged 1955 Advertisement !
 
       
FORM YOUR OWN VIEW :
  
Have you seen the Government's TV advertisement for the 2015 intergenerational spin cycle? With the actor 'Ask Dr. Karl' informing us, as if we are five year olds, about the idea of a P-L-A-N and how to pronounce it, this P-L-A-N, this projection, this tricked-up snake-oil sideshow performed to a cast of comatose C-I-T-I-Z-E-N-S. At the end of this ad for the online version, it says Form Your Own View. More about that after these scenes from H-E-R-E




       
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After the release of the Report : 
Much criticism. In particular, serious concern that Climate Change is still given so little consideration:
'The Intergenerational Report underestimates climate threat: an open letter to the government signed by Australian environmental and climate scientists' : here            

Before the release of the Report : 
Criticism of the Report in advance of the Report 
- highly recommended : Richard Denniss delivers The 2015 Manning Clark Lecture : listen here
     
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Post Script  (15 April 2015) :

Intergenerational report: Dr Karl regrets campaign role and lack of climate focus
Broadcaster Karl Kruszelnicki says he mistakenly ‘thought that it would be an independent, bipartisan, non-political document’




11 March 2015

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20,000 Words Under The See

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10 March 2015

For the Terms of Our un|Natural Lives

      
Govt admits Australians can (do the) 
sidestep mandatory metadata retention
Do the Sidestep

Do the Mandate

Do the Metadata

Do the Data Retention
        

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 [ Black Square/Square Dance ]

Land of a Thousand Dances

One, two, three
One, two, three
Ow! Uh! Alright! Uh!

Got to know how to Pony
Like Bony Moronie
Mash Potato
Do the Alligator
Put your hand on your hips, yeah
Let your backbone slip
Do the Watusi
Like my little Lucy

Ow! Uh!

Na, na-na na-na
Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
Na-na na-na
Need somebody help me say it one time!
Na, na-na na-na
Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
Na-na na-na

Wow!
Ow!
Uh!
You know I feel alright?
Hah!
Feel pretty good, y'all
Uh-hah!

Na, na-na na-na
Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
Na-na na-na
C'mon y'all, let's say it one mo' time!
Na, na-na na-na
Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
Na-na na-na

Ohh!

Dancin' in the alley
With Long Tall Sally
Twistin' with Lucy
Doin' the Watusi
Roll over on your back
I like it like that
Do that Jerk, oh
Watch me work, y'all

Ow! Do it!
Wow! Do it!
Watch me do it
Ohh, help me!
Ohh, help me!
Ohh, help me!
Ohh, help me!


Come in all you jesters
Enter all you fools
Sit down no-no
Vulgar ghouls
Trip the light fantastic
Dance the swivel hips
Coming to conclusions
Button up your lips

Walking, walking
In the rain.

            

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07 March 2015

Sydney : Where Art Happens

                     
Thirty days hath September
April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in February, twenty-eight
        
But in leap year we assign
February, twenty-nine.



Twenty-nine less six
Still leaves twenty-three :
That's quite enough for Art Month
Sy-dn-ey.


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06 March 2015

LOGOS/HA HA in the bully pulpit : PARLIAMENT with FILTER MOUTHPIECE

                 
Parliament of Australia 
House of Representatives 
Motion : 
Attorney General - Attempted Censure

Hansard, page 59 -
25 February 2015

Bill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition)

I seek leave to move:

That the House censures the Attorney-General:

(1)for launching an unprecedented attack on the Australian Human Rights Commission designed to undermine its independence;

(2)for treating an independent statutory office holder with contempt; and

(3)for directing the Secretary of the Department of Attorney-General to offer an inducement to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission in return for her resignation.

Leave not granted.

I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House censures the Attorney-General:

(1)for launching an unprecedented attack on the Australian Human Rights Commission designed to undermine its independence;

(2)for treating an independent statutory office holder with contempt; and

(3)for directing the Secretary of the Department of Attorney-General to offer an inducement to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission in return for her resignation.

Prime Minister of Australia, lying is not insider nonsense. It is proof that the Attorney-General and his government have failed the test of leadership. Yesterday you plumbed a new depth in using the power of the executive branch—


Tony Abbott (Warringah, Liberal Party, Prime Minister)

Madam Speaker, this is a suspension motion. It is not a censure motion, and it is not permitted under the standing orders to accuse people of lying.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)
The Leader of the Opposition has the call, and the point the Prime Minister makes is true. Address your marks to the censure motion and desist from unparliamentary language. In fact, withdraw.

Honourable members interjecting

Bill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition)

Yesterday and today we have seen a shocking attack by the most powerful man in Australia upon the president—

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)

I will have silence. The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.

Tony Abbott (Warringah, Liberal Party, Prime Minister)

Madam Speaker, he has used an unparliamentary term, and he should withdraw it.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)
 
I ask the honourable Leader of the Opposition to withdraw.

Bill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition)

I withdraw.

Yesterday and today we have seen the Attorney-General and the rest of his government reach a new and shocking low. When people like the Attorney-General or the Prime Minister of Australia, with all of the power of government, use their positions to bully and intimidate independent statutory office holders then we should suspend standing orders to discuss this matter. The actions yesterday—and as much as the Prime Minister and Attorney-General want to say it is not the real issue—when powerful men in remarkable positions of strength use their authority not to lead the nation but to attack critics then we have a severe problem with the strength of our community and our government in this country.

I understand that the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and members of the government may not approve of the President of the Human Rights Commission's report, but what I do not understand is that, rather than dealing with the issues in the report, what they have done is attack her character. They have attacked her character. What we also saw yesterday was the embarrassing and scandalous situation where the President of the Human Rights Commission was forced to sit two people down from the Attorney-General, a target as the Attorney-General turned on her and attacked her. Then we saw she had to put up with the assassination of her character by the Attorney-General and by this man. We have seen an assassination of character. This is the tool in trade. I believe Australians are sick and tired of an angry Tony Abbott. I believe Australians are sick and tired of the constant overreach of the Prime Minister of Australia.

Being Prime Minister of Australia is a remarkable privilege. It is a bully pulpit to be able to advocate ideas.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)
   
I would remind the Leader of the Opposition that this is a suspension motion.

Bill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition)
       
Yes. But what we mean is, whilst it is a bully pulpit, it is not a pulpit for bullies, and that is what we are seeing with this government. We should suspend standing orders because what we have seen with this attack on the President of the Human Rights Commission is a new low by the most powerful man in Australia against an upright, proper and decent woman. We have seen in this attack by the Prime Minister the classic overreach of the angry Prime Minister. He says that he does not like what she has written, so therefore she must resign.

We have seen word games played by this government. When is a resignation not a resignation? When Tony Abbott and George Brandis ask for it. When is an inducement not an inducement? When these ministers and the Attorney-General offer it. The President of the Human Rights Commission understood perfectly well what was happening when the secretary of the department came along and said, 'I'm sorry to tell you this, but the Attorney-General's lost confidence in you; the government's lost confidence in you.' You cannot sack this statutory office holder. There is a clear implication if you say to this independent statutory office holder, 'the government has lost confidence in you, but you cannot be sacked'; there is only one course of action being asked for by these powerful people—the Attorney-General and his leader, the Prime Minister—it is clearly putting pressure on her to resign.

Then we hear about the embarrassing spectacle that no job was offered. Today the foreign minister gave a strong and appropriate defence of the Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department. She certainly defends the secretary of the department; she said he is a very truthful person. We agree. We think he is a truthful person. What we do not believe is that we are hearing the truth from the Attorney-General or from this Prime Minister.

You can just see the decision-making in the inner sanctum of this government—at least the bits that we have not seen already leaked. They would have sat around and said: 'We want this woman gone. We want her out of the position.' That is what they would have said. You can see them saying: 'George, send a messenger to get rid of the messenger. Send her the message that we no longer have confidence but if she does the right thing and fits in with the agenda of this government we will find her a job somewhere else.' Unfortunately for this government and its bullying ways, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission was not playing ball.

Prime Minister, I think you underestimate many Australians when you dismiss this matter as an 'insider issue'. I think there are a lot of Australians who have been appalled by your conduct and your character assassination of this President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. I think you have reminded a lot of Australians what they deep-down feel about you, that you are a—

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)

I would remind the Leader of the Opposition that this is a suspension motion.

Bill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition)

It is a suspension of standing orders motion. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)

Then kindly refer to it.

Bill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition)

It is important to suspend standing orders because Australia has been reminded of the character of this Prime Minister and of this Attorney-General. Never could we have imagined such a scenario. I know there are good members of the government—perhaps not those who are yelling out—who are deeply uneasy at this open attack on an independent statutory office holder.

I congratulate the member for Wentworth, who has come out and been supportive of Gillian Triggs. I also acknowledge that the foreign minister seems to have some quiet confidence in Gillian Triggs. And I know there are more of you out there—probably even more than supported the spill motion. This is why we have to support the suspension of standing orders motion.

No government minister should be proud of the last 48 hours. No government minister should be proud of the absolute plumbing of the depths and this attack on this respected, independent person. What is it about the Abbott government and the Attorney-General that they do not understand the separation of powers? What is it about this government that, when the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission comes down with a report that the government does not like, all of a sudden the independent office holder must go?

Please, members of the government, Attorney-General and Prime Minister, do not treat Australians as mugs and say: 'No resignation was sought and no alternative job was offered'. We can play the word games, Mr Prime Minister. You can talk about how 'no inducement was given'. Your messenger said to the President of the Human Rights Commission, 'the government no longer has confidence in you'—there you go, character assassinating again.

But they knew they could not sack this office holder, so the clear implication of saying to Gillian Triggs, 'The government has no confidence in you,' is 'You must resign'. That is the clear implication. Then, they said: 'We will look after you. We will find you a special role.' Now the government has said today in parliament, 'There was no special role offered'. Yet, yesterday, the Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department said there was a role offered.

The foreign minister was left to hang out a bit today when she said, 'no special role was offered'. Yet it was in Hansard yesterday that the secretary of the department said there was. Someone is not telling the truth here, and I believe it starts with the Attorney-General and it starts with the Prime Minister.

What the government needs to understand is that, rather than shooting the messenger as they are doing here, they should be taking heed of the message. I believe that many Australians, be they Liberal or Labor supporters, or any other party, they have— (Time expired)

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker)

Is the motion seconded?

Mark Dreyfus (Isaacs, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Attorney General)

I second the motion and reserve my right to speak.

Christopher Pyne (Sturt, Liberal Party, Leader of the House)

The government will not be supporting a suspension of standing orders from the Leader of the Opposition, because the Australian people expect us to get on with the job of good government in this country. That is what the Australian people expect us to do in this place. They do not expect us to get down in the chum bucket—

Ms Butler interjecting

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker) 
   
The member for Griffith will desist and is warned.

Christopher Pyne (Sturt, Liberal Party, Leader of the House)

We are not going to hop into the chum bucket with 'Beltway Bill'—
       
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