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.

21 January 2018



1.30PM SUN 4 FEB 2018 

Join Abigail Bernal, Assistant Curator, International Art, QAGOMA, for a short talk in the exhibition exploring Richter's relationship to the art historical conception of Nature.
A valid 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' exhibition ticket is required to attend this program | No bookings required.

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17 January 2018


Panel : Reimagining the classics

Potter Museum of Art 

Saturday 20 January 1–2 pm 

A look at the past
through a contemporary lens with artists Angela Brennan, Michael Graf and Director of Geelong Gallery Jason Smith. Moderated by Potter Director Kelly Gellatly.

Join us as we look at artists who use museum/
gallery collections as inspiration for their work or respond to collections in some way. We will investigate a global trend where responses to collections are used to question existing narratives and historical positions or works are placed together to reveal different ideas. 

Free, all welcome. RSPV

The Ian Potter Museum of Art
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15 January 2018

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The Fosterville Institute of Applied & Progressive Cultural Experience has directed our attention to this article by Michel Bitbol at Academia.edu :

From :
The Monastery and the Microscope
Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality
Edited by W. Hasenkamp & Janna White
Yale University Press, 2017

Chapter 7:
A Strange Loop of Relations: Phenomenology and experience. A study of consciousness (Michel Bitbol, PhD)

Scientific research and methods have traditionally supported the idea that the brain is the cause of consciousness. Michel argues, however, that the relationship is mutual and grounded in experience, creating a “strange loop of relations” where experience is primary, and the brain itself can be both an object of, and a basis for, experience. The subsequent discussion is an example of excellent interdisciplinary dialogue, with a vigorous and collegial debate about how much the materialist view can really tell us about conscious experience.

From that published article, this extract taster :

A Brain Seeing a Brain

Michel Bitbol : ...If we accept that, then the complete picture changes. We no longer have a one-way relation between the brain, which is basic, and consciousness, which is derivative. Instead we have a mutual relation between them. Moreover, their mutual relation is itself understood as a fact of experience. We have what I would like to call the strange loop of the relations between the brain and consciousness ; but a strange loop that is itself a fact of consciousness.

This strange loop was wonderfully expressed by Bertrand Russell, the great British philosopher of the 20th century. Russell said, “Men will urge that a mind is dependent upon the brain, or, with equal plausibility, that the brain is dependent upon the mind.” (14) Why did he say that? We know that there are experiments that show various correlations between the brain and the mind, and we know that we can trigger mental activities and experiences by stimulating the brain. Therefore we say that the mind might be dependent up on the brain. But we know also: (i) that we can transform the brain by mental training, and (ii) that the brain is an object of our experience. Therefore the brain is somehow also dependent upon the mind. The relation is mutual.

14 Bertrand Russell, Mysticism and Logic: And Other Essays 
(New York: Longmans,Green and Co, 1919), 136.

Figure 7.3
The strange loop of relations. At the left is an image of a brain that is seen by a person’s eye, which is connected to his or her brain. Thus, a representation of the small brain exists in the visual cortex of the person’s brain(right). Michel emphasizes the difference between our knowledge of the process of the brain “seeing” this figure, and the raw experience of seeing.

Let’s make a little thought experiment together about this strange loop. 

We see a wonderful thing on this picture (figure 7.3). We see a brain that is seen by an eye. The eye is the eye of somebody who has a brain. Therefore the picture of the brain is projected on the back of his or her brain cortex (the occipital cortex), and the person sees the brain.

We are now seeing a brain that is seeing a brain. But please notice that we are all outside the picture. Now, who is seeing the picture of a brain that is seeing a brain at this very moment? If I wait a little bit I’m sure somebody will tell me, “Oh it’s my brain that is seeing the brain that is seeing the brain.” Maybe. But to say this, you have to think for a few seconds. Initially, and immediately, all you had is an experience, your experience of seeing. When I stop and ask you who is seeing the brain that is seeing the brain, you first dwell in your experience and then make inferences from there to say that it is your brain. But even that belief — that it is your brain that is seeing the brain that is seeing the brain — is here and now a conscious experience. You see? At the present end of the series of visual perceptions, inferences, thoughts, and beliefs, there is an experience: an experience of perceiving, thinking, believing, but an experience in every case. Even your belief that your experience is underpinned by your brain is a present experience of yours!

What I am trying to do is bring you back to what you are now, at this very precise moment, not a thinker but an experiencer — an experiencer even of the thinking, an experiencer even of the idea that experience is underpinned by a brain. What there is now is experience, nothing else but experience. You believe that this is not the case, that there is now something other than experience? But even this belief is an experience!

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09 January 2018

Today's endless column...

 Constantin Brâncuși in his studio with various Endless Column(s) 

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07 January 2018

Stable Genius


More fake news! Mr Ed and Wilbur laughing at the 
Los Angeles Mirror. 

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 

Reading in the stable library, Mr Ed studies 'Heredity and the Criminal Mind'.

Following the release of Fire and FuryMr Ed and Press Secretary Wilbur address the nation.

Transcript of the Stable Genius :

  1. ....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!
  1. ....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.....
  2. Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.....
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05 January 2018

Force of TAR = movement x art

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