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.

16 April 2016

Art & the Connected Future symposium today

‘The blog is the modern drawing… It gives the most information: it shows my complete surroundings’ 
– Ai Weiwei

‘I want to be a machine’ 
– Andy Warhol

Our worldview is increasingly mediated by digital technology. How do leading innovators think it might also impact on our creativity?

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei innovators of their age, push boundaries between culture and technology – Warhol through film, television and publishing, and Ai through social media networks that use art to engage with global social and political issues.

Inspired by the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, share in the discussion of how we make and experience art alongside rapid changes in technology.

What might the future of art look like?

Cost $70A / $56M / $64 C
(Includes Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition entry)
Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, 
NGV International
Saturday 16 April 2016
Optional morning exhibition viewing 9–10am
Symposium program 10.15am–5pm


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