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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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...