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.

09 February 2017


Opening celebrations, Saturday 11 February
Open Spatial Workshop in conversation with Matt Poll, 2-3pm
Official opening, 3-5pm

With opening remarks by Professor Lynette Russell, Director, Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Studies Centre.

MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time. This will be the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA's much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia's most exciting and innovative mid-career artists.

Converging in time continues OSW's sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the relationship between the mineral make-up of a site and the societies they produce and sustain.

Open Spatial Workshop (OSW) 
in conversation with Matt Poll, 2-3pm

Preceding the opening event, join us for an in conversation between Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell (OSW) and Matt Poll (curator, Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney), who will discuss different ways of relating to earth: as material, as form, as geology, as territory, as history, as Country. Together they will explore the various ways that knowledge systems shape an engagement with localities, acknowledging the complexity of an ethical engagement with material histories.

Image : Research image of a Sigillaria fossil,  
Museums Victoria Collection, #375, 2013.  
 photo: Open Spatial Workshop   
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