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.

08 March 2017

Radar Love

The Field 

figure and figure
someone looks at something...

Museum of Modern Art, NY 
USA : In Andrew Wyeth's 1948 Christina’s World (above) a woman lying in a field looks up at a large house set against a dull sky. 

Ballarat Art Gallery 
Australia : In Jeffrey Smart's 1965 The Listeners (above) a man lying in a field looks up at a big red scanning device set against dark threatening cloud.
Jindalee is an aboriginal word for a place [the] eye cannot see, or somewhere beyond where the eye can see, like over the horizon.  
The original project to develop an over-the-horizon radar in Australia was called Jindalee and the operational outcome of that project called JORN 3 continues the use of the iconic name Jindalee.  
“To me, the JORN system is one of Australia's quietest achievers. It is an astounding system, the most capable radar network in the world, all Australian designed and built, and should be acknowledged as one of Australia's finest defence technology achievements”.
- The Institution of Engineers Australia - Nomination of Jindalee for Heritage Recognition 

 Tim O'Brien 
USA : In Tim O'Brien's recent 2017 reworking of Christina's World (above), Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway (she of "alternative facts") is alternated from the White House ...

photo : Brendan Smialowski/AFP
... along with the White House, into 1948 Wyeth World/Christina World where, still oblivious of her surroundings, she continues to trans-act with her device.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
Australia : Theatre of the Actors of Regard, 1952. Tableau vivant by Bendigo performance prodigy Barry Block & The Blockbusters.
As these image-events gather, something is starting to make sense to someone...

USA : wtf ! That big red scanner on the hill...?! 
The Listeners!  The Buggers!!  The Tappers!!!
TAR : click image to enlarge  
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...