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.

10 July 2017

Some Artists & Philosophers Walked into a Door...

Theme :

A work might be experienced in numerous ways — in person, online, across multiple versions, as a record, diagram, report, description, witness account, podcast, video, plan, remix, or even as a scalable aggregate of elements. Perhaps, once we consider the world of a work of art as a constellation of elements, the indeterminacy of art is given a more conspicuous materiality. Where is a work of art? Is there an optimum or primary point of entry into a work of art?

Chairs : 

Sean Lowry (VCA) and Jenny McMahon (Philosophy, Adelaide)

Presenters (more info) :

Barbara BoltElizabeth Burns ColemanEdward CollessCate ConsandineClaire Healy & Sean CordeiroJustin ClemensCynthia FreelandVanessa GoddenAndrew GoodmanPaul GuyerRaafat IshakKate JustTessa LairdClaire LambeSean LowryDavid MacarthurMohan MatthenJennifer A. McMahonRowan McNaughtMichael NewallJames PhillipsLisa RadfordGeoff RobinsonKiron RobinsonBernhard SachsDavid SequeiraRobert SinnerbrinkDaniel von Sturmer, Sophie Takách


 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...