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.

16 March 2017

Theatre of the Alternative Real : We welcome new members!

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Members Exhibition Previews: NGV Festival of Photography - Ross Coulter: Audience

See contemporary photography at its best with the NGV Festival of Photography. Taking over a number of galleries across the NGV on the year of the 50th anniversary of the NGV’s photography curatorial department, the Festival of Photography features exhibitions including Ross Coulter.
Join a floor talk with NGV Senior Curator of Photography, Susan van Wyk, at 3:30pm.
NGV International
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
Date and Time: 
16 Mar, 2–5pm
Free entry.
Who should attend:
We welcome new members!

Looking online today, in anticipation of "Audience" the exhibition, we were surprised to see the above installation image. Not as anticipated, with all those apparently black photos...

Some quick image searching reveals it is in fact a commercial generic stock photo : wtphoto?!

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  

We've been following Ross Coulter's Audience 
project from day one (15 August 2013) at Conical, Fitzroy...

photo by Theatre of the Audience Reciprocal  

...and are very much looking forward to it's animation as part of the NGV Festival of Photography opening tomorrow.

Ross Coulter
Audience 2013–16 (detail)
silver gelatin prints
20.0 x 25.0 cm each
Collection of the artist
© the artist

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