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.

29 February 2012

Leap Year Day : Sounds of Weather

We've had a buzz from the BLACK BATS ...

... about this evening's Leap Year Day event at WEST SPACE.
Sounds of Weather

a special performance and installation at
7.30pm Wednesday 29 February 2012
Free entry - One night only!

Sounds of Weather is part of an intercultural collaborative project curated by Philip Samartzis (RMIT University, Melbourne) and Christophe Charles (Musashino Art University, Tokyo) titled Borrowed Landscapes. The project explores the effects of weather on the built and natural environment through sound and video recordings and performances. Sounds of Weather investigates the specific weather conditions of each site through fieldwork conducted on the Sumida River, Tokyo; the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, Saitama; and, Bogong High Plains in the Australian Alps. Using sound and video to record these spaces, the project creates an open framework for a range of artists to respond to the weather and infrastructure of environments in Japan and Australia.

Artists include

Christophe Charles (FR/JPN), Kazuyuki Miyamoto (JPN),
Simon Perry, Dominic Redfern, Lizzie Pogson,Philip
Samartzis, Kristen Sharp, 
Takasuke Shimazaki (JPN),
Yuko Tsurukai (JPN) and Eri Ujita (JPN).
Below is the image from the Sounds of Weather announcement.

Here's another such, from the bLOGOS/HA HA archive. A member of umbratecture international, who hails from a city in Italy, sends 'A Greeting to Melbourne'.

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28 February 2012

Give Us This Day

Our Daily bRead

The Punday Pun
The Sunday Sun

Rupert Murdoch confirms first Sun on Sunday sold 3.26m copies
Debut edition biggest sale of a UK newspaper for four years
Mark Sweney / The Guardian
27 February 2012
article here

Meanwhile, there's been another breakthrough at the The Daily Regard.

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27 February 2012

The Appearance Thing

Raw Numbers :

71 Gillard / 31 Rudd.

Raw Vision :

Raw Prawn (see: Don't come the... ) :

ABC journalist-presenter Michael Rowland, in discussing this result with ABC Political Editor Lyndal Curtis on NEWS 24
says :

Political people speak of 'the optics'; and the optics will be very interesting in Question Time this afternoon, won't they Lyndal.

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26 February 2012

The Vision Thing

The leadership struggle within the Australian Labor Party, between the current Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her predecessor the deposed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has dominated the News in Australia over the last two weeks. Tomorrow there will be a spill, a vote and a result.

The winner of that will then return to the leadership struggle against the Leader of the Federal Opposition, Tony Abbott.

We've just noticed this book cover and the blog post about it at Letterology. Lincoln seems as relevant as ever.

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25 February 2012

A Ritual Observed : Unveil Reveal Regard


We at bLOGOS/HA HA appreciate a good unveiling.
(Ditto for a dandy veiling.)

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Above, yesterday, Theatre of the Actors of Regard at the National Gallery of Australia perform unveil (black). This to reveal ...


... to reveal the latest NGV acquisition, Henri Matisse's Océanie, la mer (Oceania, the sea) of 1946 :

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After the Reveal, the Regard.


In praise of ritual

Now, the Director and the Patron perform a favorite tableau of Theatre of the Actors of Regard : Double Regard.


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Whatsmore, if you look closely at the veil of glass that covers this object you may notice there the silhouettes of other regardists, the audience of onlookers standing behind the two formal actors.

Possibly our two lead actors can also see these ghostly presences reflected in front of them, afloat upon Océanie, la mer.

Maybe you, too, are set to sea your own regard in all of this.

Not drowning


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22 February 2012

Today is Losar : Tibetan New Year

May it be a better year for the Tibetan people
24 of whom have self-immolated in the last year
(12 of these since Jan 2012)
to protest against the Chinese government's ongoing repression of Tibetan culture.

Yesterday the exiled Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay was interviewed by Emma Alberici on ABC.TV Late Line .

CLICK HERE to see/hear the interview

CLICK HERE to read the transcript

On a brighter Tibetan note, a very positive one, we recently received a printed invitation for the exhibition THREE REALMS: Gonkar Gyatso. (Griffith University Gallery/ University of Queensland Art Museum/ Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane)

The invite pictured three of the four images reproduced below, from Gonkar Gyatso's My Identity, 2003.

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THREE REALMS: Gonkar Gyatso opens at UQ Art Museum and Griffith U Gallery on 25 February and will be at the IMA later in the year.

A Losar Wish
as the car sticker says

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16 February 2012

Leonardo Live : The Dead Audience

In recent times certain operas by The New York Metropolitan Opera have been broadcast to movie theatres around the world as 'live high-definition transmission performances'.

Today, a Visual Art exhibition gets the same treatment with Leonardo Live from the National Gallery, London.

It's certainly a development of interest to Theatre of the Actors of Regard.
Frame by frame screening plays to the gallery
Nick Miller / SMH
15 February 2012
Here's the online promo.

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From the same website, preview with Golden Guillotine :

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14 February 2012

Pierr/oT Lunaire

Yesterday's white-on-white post featured a postcard with letter dated 13 February 1904. Same day 108 years ago.

Today, 14th February is St. Valentine's Day, established as such by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD and now, since the time of Chaucer, an occasion for the celebration of romantic love.

This year, 2012, is the 100th anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg's love melodrama Pierrot Lunaire.
Dreimal sieben Gedichte aus Albert Girauds 'Pierrot lunaire' ("Three times Seven Poems from Albert Giraud's 'Pierrot lunaire'"), commonly known simply as Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 ("Moonstruck Pierrot" or "Pierrot in the Moonlight"), is a melodrama by Arnold Schoenberg. It is a setting of twenty-one selected poems from Otto Erich Hartleben's German translation of Albert Giraud's cycle of French poems of the same name. The première of the work, which is between 35 and 40 minutes in length, was at the Berlin Choralion-Saal on October 16, 1912, with Albertine Zehme as the vocalist.

from Wikipedia ( full article here )
Pierrot Lunaire is a 20th century favorite in the offices of bLOGOS/HA HA. We regularly play a downloaded version from the thoughtful and generous High Pony Tail ( here ), from an early '70s Hungaraton LP with Erika Sziklay as Pierrot.

Below, for you today, is a performance of Pierrot Lunaire by Pierr/oT of the SLAVE GUITARS.

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13 February 2012

NGV : New Director Appointed

NGV management said it would announce its new director last week, then changed to this week and now says an announcement is expected next week.
Different strokes as top galleries seek chiefs
Raymond Gill / THE AGE
February 11, 2012

PRESS RELEASE : Ideal Applicant To Get The Job

Le marchand de gravures
The Merchant of Images
The Purveyor of Projections


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The new Director soon demonstrates his capability. At a crowded first press conference he exploits the opportunity to also unveil the institution's latest Major Acquisition.

"Purchased with the generous assistance of a local
media identity (who prefers to remain anonymous)...

... created 14 years before
Kazimir Malevich's 1918
Suprematist Composition:White on White
(pictured below) ...

... this
foundational early 20th century (1904) 'white work' by Theatre of the Actors of Regard :

Procession de communiantes sur la place Blanche. Un jour de neige.

Procession of Communicants at White Square. Snowy day.

The new Director then carefully instructs the press about the many intricacies of the Title that T.A.R. ascribed to this work :
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12 February 2012





Obliteration :
1) A cancellation intended solely to deface a stamp
- also called a killer.
2) An overprint intended to deface a portion of the design of a stamp,
such as the face of a deposed ruler.

Linns.com : Glossary Of Philatelic Terms

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04 February 2012

On being over writ

Recently we showed (here) this new 'old-style' textover acquisition by the NGV.

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Here's something similar, a tableau from the later 1800s. Theatre of the Actors of Regard before a set of Golden Guillotine genre painthings, all centred on a cloudy skyscape mind with over-text. (Reckoned to be an early launch site for Theatre du Vide and Yves Kline's later Leap into the Void.)

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