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.

02 February 2017

Pozible | Audience Book


Ross Coulter introduces the project 
The “Audience” book is derived from a series of photographs documenting an audience standing around an empty gallery, in which there is no art, watching a performance that doesn't exist.

By drawing on the visual language of 1970s performance art documentation images, I have constructed a photographic archive of an audience witnessing a number of performance events in art galleries around Melbourne. The series is a portrait of the audience and gallery spaces in and around Melbourne. And in 20 years time it will be important. Really important.

The series of photographs will be shown in March 2017 at the NGV as a part of the Photography Festival, (along side Brook Andrew, Zoe Croggon, Patrick Pound and other notable artists).

To coincide with the exhibition I have produced a much anticipated (ahem) book.

There have been over 850 people who have participated as audience members and the photographs have taken place in 95 gallery spaces.

How The Funds Will Be Used
The funds raised from this campaign will go towards the printing, binding and transportation of the "Audience" books.

The Challenges
Some initial funding was provided by the City of Melbourne, however the scope of the project has grown considerably since 2013. The more spaces I shot, the more galleries became involved in the project. It turns out that there are over 90 gallery spaces in and around Melbourne. As a result I have photographed over 850 people and made 446 analogue prints (please don't tell me there is another gallery opening up).

The project has subsequently grown and the publication now has extended to two volumes. Of course this blows out the initial budget; hence this Pozible campaign.

In Return
Project supporters can receive, in return for pledges from $10 to $1500, a variety of returns : from a set of postcards to the Audience Book to a day's fly fishing for two.

For the Pozible site and further pledge info click below 

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