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 January 2016

2016 : year of the sketchie

 
Further to yesterday's vainglorious solipsism, from Theatre of the Actors of Regard (Dolce & Gabbana, Milan, September 2015) it's Selfies On Parade.

Best in category.



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We're tipping as the next reflexive : the sketchie (via selfie-sketch, meta-sketch).
           
It's already happening : yesterday at the bakery on the otherwise bare counter a lone brown paper bag sketchie. Bread on the shelves but no one there to serve. The customer examined the bag. Eventually bought some bread and took the bag home.
    
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One side : three dimensions of space tightly wrapped and all self contained.



The other side, same bag, same container : three free lines (or possibly they support an unseen container) and three lines as supports for an ideogram of dependent arising
       
Paper bag, teacher, projection-space, container : same bag, aware and self-illustrating as both Relative (one side) and Absolute/empty of inherence (the other).
        
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30 January 2016

Self Serving Sentence


She sees See Selfs by the Self Sure

I self 
you self
he/she selfs
we self
you self
they self



 Mary Anning of palaeontoLOGOS/HA HA fame

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She sees See Selfs

subject verb object
subject verb object
subject verb object
subject verb object
subject verb object
subject verb object
           
 Genesis : Self Made Sign

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Self self self (Self is all you need)

self self self
self self self
self self self
self self self
self self self
self self self


 20teens : Age of the Selfie Sketch

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29 January 2016

... ideomoji!

        
      ... dial!
   
           ... ugly mug!
       
                ... boat race!
      
                ... projection-space!
         

      FIAPCE  
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28 January 2016

This Uncertain Regard : Re. Schrödinger, Heisenberg & Theatre of the Actors of Regard


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26 January 2016

Australia Day : Song Lines

           
   
 


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22 January 2016

De Profundis (Psalm 130)

         
As with yesterday's featured photo

today we again regard 
a figure 

who emits no light/ 
who absorbs all light/ 
who reflects no light/
other 

a figure who appears to regard 
a painted artwork mural 

that emits some visible spectrum light/ 
that absorbs some visible spectrum light/ 
that reflects some visible spectrum light/
other

- newspaper image and caption from obituary for 
Ellsworth Kelly (d. 27 December 2015)



TAR Proscenium  
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21 January 2016

and


Regarding this image clipped from today's The Age, from the article 'Indigenous women more likely to suffer family violence' by Miki Perkins :


     
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20 January 2016

Vale AUSTRALIA POST


Six months ago, after more than 150 years service, the local Post Office closed down. (see here)

Two weeks ago the cost of a basic stamp rose from 70c to a dollar.

This morning, our postie delivered this pamphlet from Australia Post.

Now, regular delivery times will be much slower unless we pay even more.
         

HAND SPACE manifesto, 1981-  
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19 January 2016

And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee : 1 Corinthians 13 : 21 (KJV)



        
1 Corinthians 12 : 14-23
King James Version (KJV)

14  For the body is not one member, but many.

15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

                   
But wait, there's more : 
           
Michelle Quayle of Monash University's Centre for Human Anatomy Education shows us some of the Printed Anatomy Series kit.
         
HAND SPACE manifesto, 1981-  
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18 January 2016

If thine eye offend thee - Matthew 18:9

             
Islamabad, 16 January 2016: A Pakistan boy cut off his hand in a rare instance of self-punishment after he was accused of blasphemy, police said on Saturday.

The incident, which apparently stemmed from a misunderstanding, occurred in a village in the eastern province of Punjab.

Muhammad Anwar, 15, was attending a sermon when the cleric asked if anyone present was not a true lover of the prophet.

The boy misheard the question, and enthusiastically raised his hand, causing the others to accuse him of heresy, police chief Mehr Nausher Ahmad Kathia told dpa.

He was told that he had joined enemies of the prophet by raising his hand, so he vowed to remove the hand, Kathia said.

The teenager went home and cut off the appendage at the wrist, and later presented it to the cleric on a platter as a symbol of his repentance.

The extreme act was celebrated by the parents and fellow villagers as a token of his love for the prophet, the police chief said.

"Nobody lodged any report, but we are investigating it and a case will be registered if needed," Kathia said.

Blasphemy laws were introduced by former military ruler Ziaul Haq in the 1980s, and those accused of it are vulnerable to sudden mob violence.

- AAP


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17 January 2016

TAR with HAND SPACE Collection device

           
We have received the following image and text as part of the NGV January ENews
               

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
 NGV guide
 Discover something you love
 Make the most of your next visit with NGV guide.
 Collect a hand-held device or use your own to
 enjoy the NGV Collection through audio tours 
 and more with NGV curators, artists, comedians 
 and musicians. It’s free and easy to use – get 
 started by connecting to the NGV WiFi or collect 
 a device from the information desk.
 NGV guide is generously supported by Telstra.
    
       

courtesy AAA_Art Archive Australia  
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16 January 2016

HAND SPACE and TAR

             
Another act of HAND SPACE regard, performed here by TAR.


This is from the film 'Un Chien Andalou' (1929) by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí.     
       

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  


AAA _ Art Archive Australia  
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HAND SPACE

   
We've been intending for some time to include 
HAND SPACE among the other syndications here. 

The HAND SPACE manifesto dates from 1981-
       

courtesy AAA_Art Archive Australia  
          
HAND SPACE  
        
HAND SPACE is an exhibition space, founded in the spirit of the barefoot doctor service.
           
HAND SPACE is a human architecture, functioning as a passage for the display, employment and flow (exchange) 
of contemporary "objecture".
             
HAND SPACE exhibits/exhibitions are available at all times to the energies of analysis and criticism.
           
HAND SPACE is intended as a simple, shared tool, at once illustrating and questioning the forces and relation-ships that support and, maintain our daily living.
       

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14 January 2016

stars of TAR : Victory over death 3 : I’m the Great I Am (I’m a blacksTAR)

                   
Colin McCahon  Victory over death 2  1970
"I look back with joy on taking a brush of white paint and curving through the darkness with a line of white." Colin McCahon1
Track 3 on David Bowie's last album is Lazarus
               
"I rediscovered good old Lazarus. Now this is one of the most beautiful and puzzling stories in the New Testament … It hit me, BANG! At where I was: questions and answers, faith so simple and beautiful and doubts still pushing to somewhere else. It really got me down with joy and pain."
McCahon on his painting Practical Religion:  the resurrection of Lazarus showing Mount Martha (Victory over death 1) 1969–702
McCahon as quoted by Deborah Hart here
          
Track 1 on David Bowie's last album is Blackstar

This is the sTAR version by
stars of Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
         
In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes

On the day of execution, on the day of execution
Only women kneel and smile, ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all
Your eyes, your eyes

Ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes
Ah-ah-ah

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blacks
TAR, I’m a blacksTAR)

How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?
He trod on sacred ground, he cried loud into the crowd
(I’m a 
blacksTAR, I’m a blacksTAR, I’m not a gangsTAR)

I can’t answer why (I’m a blacksTAR)
Just go with me (I’m not a film
sTAR)
I’m-a take you home (I’m a 
blacksTAR)
Take your passport and shoes (I’m not a pop
sTAR)
And your sedatives, boo (I’m a 
blacksTAR)
You’re a flash in the pan (I’m not a marvel 
sTAR)
I’m the Great I Am (I’m a blackstar)
​         

 Colin McCahon  I Am  1954
           
I’m a blacksTAR, way up, on money, I’ve got game
I see right, so wide, so open-hearted pain
I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes
(I’m a 
blacksTAR, I’m a blacksTAR)

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a 
blacksTAR, I’m a sTAR's sTAR, I’m a blacksTAR)

I can’t answer why (I’m not a gang
sTAR)
But I can tell you how (I’m not a film 
sTAR)
We were born upside-down (I’m a 
sTAR's sTAR)
Born the wrong way ‘round (I’m not a white 
sTAR)
(I’m a 
blacksTAR, I’m not a gangsTAR
I’m a 
blacksTAR, I’m a blacksTAR
I’m not a porn
sTAR, I’m not a wandering sTAR
I’m a 
blacksTAR, I’m a blacksTAR)

In the villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle
Ah-ah, ah-ah

At the centre of it all, your eyes
On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes, your eyes
Ah-ah-ah
               
     

 Colin McCahon  A candle in a dark room  1947
          
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12 January 2016

Vale David Bowie ... we are ... described as being ... David Bowie

           
   David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known as David Bowie (/ˈboʊ.i/), was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, and was considered by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. (Wikipedia)

Fashion 
David Bowie, 1980

There's a brand new dance
but I don't know its name
That people from bad homes
do again and again
It's big and it's bland
full of tension and fear
They do it over there but we don't do it here

[CHORUS]
Fashion! Turn to the left
Fashion! Turn to the right
Oooh, fashion!
We are the goon squad
and we're coming to town
Beep-beep
Beep-beep
Listen to me - don't listen to me
Talk to me - don't talk to me
Dance with me - don't dance with me, no
Beep-beep


There's a brand new talk,
but it's not very clear
That people from good homes
are talking this year
It's loud and tasteless
and I've heard it before
You shout it while you're dancing
on the whole dance floor
Oh bop, fashion

[CHORUS]

Listen to me - don't listen to me
Talk to me - don't talk to me
Dance with me - don't dance with me, no
Beep-beep
Beep-beep

Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion
Oh, bop, do do do do do do do do
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion
La-la la la la la la-la

              

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 Blackstar
 David Bowie, 2016
 Blackstar the album is released on his birthday
 8 January 2016
 Blackstar is the opening track,
 the opening verse is :

 In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
 Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
 In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
 Your eyes

         
          
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 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
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 LOGOS/HA HA 
                   
        
   

11 January 2016

Dualismus as Domino Theory

                      


theory (n.) 1590s, "conception, mental scheme," from Late Latin theoria (Jerome), from Greek theoria "contemplation, speculation; a looking at, viewing; a sight, show, spectacle, things looked at," from theorein "to consider, speculate, look at," from theoros "spectator," from thea "a view" (see theatre + horan "to see," possibly from PIE root *wer- (4) "to perceive" (see ward (n.)). 
             
Fall of the Tower of TAR (Dualismus) 
as witnessed by the theoros
The Laughers of TAR :
      

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09 January 2016

__sTARuction Company

         
Theatre of the Actors of Regard
presents

ConsTARuction No. __  
Tower of Sisyphus (featuring Eliot Noyes)
         

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DesTARuction No. __  
Tower of Sisyphus (featuring Eliot Noyes)
            

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08 January 2016

TARget


From time to time bLOGOS/HA HA refers to the "Two Truths" : co-existing relative truth (self and other; dualism) and absolute truth (emptiness of inherence) 
Elvis & The Two Truths 
'The Act of Looking' as a Verb 
LOGOS/HA HA : MASTERPIECE
emptyful labeLABELabel practice - A Praise to the Two Truths : Ethel Spowers / BLACK BATS / Melbourne
We've just read a most succinct expression of this by Seth Segall at The Existential Buddhist.

In On Hakuin, Hotei, and Mice, he writes :
There’s a Zen story about Hotei. When asked “What’s the significance of Zen?” he put his sack down on the ground. When then asked “What’s the actualization of Zen?” he picked his sack back up and walked away. Clever Hotei! The very essence of Zen — letting go and dropping off whatever we’re holding. The very actualization of Zen — drawing water and chopping wood. Hotei lives life at the crosshairs of the Absolute and the Relative. A lot like Hakuin himself...
So beautifully put : to live at the crosshairs of the Absolute and Relative.

Here's an earlier such Live at The Crosshairs recording, after a scroll by Miyamoto Musashi (1584 - 1645), Hotei regards Two Fighting Cocks :


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06 January 2016

TARchitecture


Thrilling to this 1936 TAR tableau by Cecil Beaton,


Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
as thoughts of another such set appear :


 Callum Morton
 Belvedere, 1995
 mixed media
 dimensions variable

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04 January 2016

Sign Writers

         
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.


- Omar Khayyám 

Today, after yesterday, Fukurokuju as a manual SignWriter for EnLightEn & Co. This by Hakuin.



& a more recent old-timer, for Winsor & Newton. 
This by Allan Manham & FIAPCE.


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03 January 2016

Fukurokuju Rocks OK


We appreciate the ever cool ways of Fukurokuju, the Japanese Lucky God of Wisdom and Longevity.

Here, below, we see him pictured at LACMA, entertaining for TAR with his fellow Lucky Gods. Yes, it's Fukurokuju pretending to be Jimi Hendrix. Writing with his head bound fox hair axe the characters of "Scuse me while I kiss the sky".

The other six all laugh and cheer, and then the Seven as One chorus "Oooooooooooooooooooh, there ain't no light nowhere! (It's a favourite old party trick of theirs.)


Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
Fukurokuju Writing with His Head
Series: Sketches by Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japan, 1839-1892)
Japan, 1882, May
Prints: woodcutsColor woodblock prin
Image: 6 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (16.8 x 23.7 cm)
Paper: 7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.0 x 23.7 cm)
Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Herbert R. Cole Collection (M.84.31.352)
Japanese Art
Fukurokuju is always available to the projects of his friends and students. Here, today, with the flaming pearl of wisdom in one hand and his staff and scroll-of-lives in the other, he holds steady as one of his students paints the sign of our present regard on the sky-kissed ediface of that noble being.


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01 January 2016

TAR Chorus : "A thing of the past, old dear."

    
Sending Postcards 
TAR Chorus : "A thing of the past, old dear."


collection : FIAPCE 
Collecting Paintings 
TAR Chorus : "A thing of the past, old dear."


        
Quoting Quotations
TAR Chorus : "A thing of the past, old dear."
         
English Chorus: "This too shall pass" 
Persian Chorus: این نیز بگذرد‎‎, pron. īn nīz bogzarad
Arabic Chorus: لا شيء يدوم‎ ("Nothing endures")
Hebrew Chorus: גם זה יעבור‎ ("Gam Zeh Yaavor") 
Turkish Chorus: Bu da geçer yâ hû
Latin Chorus: hoc quoque finiet
           

         
Paying Attention to bLOGS 
TAR Chorus : "A thing of the past, old dear."
          
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