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.

28 May 2017

re. Abstract Art

                             re. Art Term : Abstract Art

#6: extract from the trial
Judge: Defendants, do you understand the charges brought against you? Tolokonnikova? Do you understand the charges?
Nadya [stands up]: No, I don’t understand. Because…
Judge [interrupting]: Understood, okay, sit down.
Nadya: Can I read the explanatory note…
Judge [interrupting]: Don’t rush. Alekhina, do you understand the charges against you?
Masha: I don’t understand the charges against me.
Judge: What do you not understand?
Masha: I would like to explain that…
Judge [interrupting, shouting]: WHAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE CHARGES?
Masha: I don’t understand the ideological side of the question [pauses] I don’t understand on what basis they make statements about my motives [pauses] I don’t understand why I can’t explain.
Judge [irritated]: Do not rush things!
Masha: I’m not…
Masha: I don’t understand…
Judge [irritated]: What don’t you understand, please explain, what don’t you understand?
Masha: I just explained…
Judge: Repeat it again
Masha: I don’t understand the ideological side of the accusation regarding mine and… regarding our motives.
Judge [sighs]: Okay, sit down. Samutsevich, do you understand the charges?
Katya: No, I don’t understand.
Judge: What don’t YOU understand?
Katya: I don’t understand almost all of the paragraphs of the accusation. I think they are unconvincing and untenable. That is, the grounds on which such statements are made were unexplained.
Judge: Please, Prosecutor, can you explain once more?
[The girls are trying to speak with their lawyers and being in the glass cage with only one window in the middle, the lawyer and the girls have to bend in order to communicate and hear each other]
Theatre of the Actors of Regard  

 Pussy Riot members in court, Moscow, 3 August 2012.
 left-right : Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and 
 Maria 'Masha' Alyokhina. Photo by REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

Prosecutor [speaks in a low voice and very fast, not bothering to explain, Katya is trying to bend closer to the window in the cage, so she can hear what the prosecutor is saying]: Your Honour, regarding the accusations, they are clear enough and what they are based on will be provided to the court and to the defendants during the trial in the form of a victims’ questioning, in the form of written material and evidence. And all three defendants are accused of hooliganism, which is in flagrant violation of the order, expressing a clear disrespect for society, committed with motives of religious hatred and enmity by the group of people by prior agreement.
Judge: Do you understand?
Masha: No I don’t, since the Prosecutor has read only a small part of the 140 pages.
Judge: The prosecutor stated the charges brought against you, all the evidence will be studied during the trial.
Masha [Trying to say something, but the Judge doesn’t let her]: …But…
Judge: At this stage of the trial the Prosecutor doesn’t have to provide any evidence.
Masha [She looks confused about the fact that the Judge doesn’t let her say a word]: I don’t understand. I insist that the indictment is read in full.
Judge: I repeat once again. [speaking loudly] At this stage of the trial, the Prosecutor does not provide any evidence and only states the charges that have been brought against you. The evidence will be examined.
Masha: I’m not talking about the evidence; I’m saying that the indictment hasn’t been read in full and what has been read I don’t understand.
Judge: The Prosecutor stated…
Masha [interrupts the judge]: I don’t understand what the basis for the accusation is…
Judge [interrupting and yelling]: The basis will be presented later.
Masha: It doesn’t become clearer…
[Girls’ lawyers laugh]
Judge: The prosecutor stated the charges.
Masha: I have already said everything, I have nothing to add. Sorry.
Katya [Gets up from the bench]: The accusation hasn’t been formulated fully.
Judge: Okay, you think that the accusation hasn’t been formulated…Er… Do you plead guilty to the charges presented to you? Tolokonnikova?
[Note that even though the girls said that they haven’t understood what they have been accused of, the Judge is asking whether they plead guilty] 

Pussy Riot trial : video transcript continues here.

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