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 June 2016

domenico de clario announcement enterrement winter solstice mildura

domenico de clario

with david palliser / juana beltran / ren walters 

tonglen* (from the opaque)

from 5.34 pm june 20 (moonrise/sunset) 
until 7.37 am june 21 2016 (moonset/ sunrise)

540 morpung avenue

(entry and parking via 73 coorong avenue irymple)



Since May 11 this year I have been ritually interring the entirety of my 40-year archive (including two cars, various collections of furniture, clothing and sundry objects) in a 20x8x3 metre burial chamber carved from the red desert soil of a private 8-acre garden located in Irymple, a village on the outskirts of Mildura in northwestern Victoria.

On the evening of the 20th of June, at the conjunction of the full moon and the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice, an all-night vigil acknowledging both this unique celestial conjunction and my project will be held alongside the burial site. 

Eventually, when the ritual placing of each object inside the burial chamber is completed, the gathered collections will be covered by the excavated soil and an elevated mound will be shaped over the top.

Seven trees will be planted atop the mound’s apex; a cypress, an olive, a fig, a lemon, a vine, an almond and a Casuarina pine.

A spectrum of seven solar-powered lights, each corresponding both to one of the plantings as well as to a chakra colour will then be installed at the base of each trunk, indicating that the collected body lying under the earth is still, even if at rest, continuing to function harmonically.

Throughout the burial I have been singing all the songs I know.

From sunset on the 20th of June until sunrise the following morning I will join with David Palliser, Ren Walters and Juana Beltran in presenting a series of improvised sounds and actions to a gathering of friends, in response to the conjunction of solstice, full moon and burial.

Singing, then, sound-making and body action offered as an expression of being, not doing; such being practiced as mindful search for the moment when blindness becomes sightedness.

You are warmly invited to join us on this night to share whatever unfolds.

Domenico de Clario


June 2016

*Tibetan Buddhist term describing the meditative, cyclic breathing in of distress (both ours and others’) and the consequent breathing out of ease.

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