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.

30 June 2019

Vatican - Gilead

SPOILER ALERT : The Handmaid's Tale S.3 Ep.6 

Tommaso Siciliano's 1585 Vatican ceiling fresco
The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism

...figured again this week in the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale.

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28 June 2019

What did you do in the Sign Wars, daddy?

At an intersection +

Pootilla, Victoria, Australia  
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27 June 2019

TAR break dance comp | Do The Shuffle | Canberra, 1991

Screaming Teens Mob Paintings 

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photo Peter Morris  
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 someone looks at something... 


26 June 2019

If a t falls in a fores


On not being able to see 

the forest
      for the trees
the wood
      for the word 
the see
      for thee, calligraphy

- after Issa

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23 June 2019

SLOW-LOOK v. Theatre of the AcceleraTARTARTARTARTARTARTARTARs of Regard

We appreciated this morning's ABC.RN Mine Field discussion of "slow journalism" en regard :

What if the greatest threat to a free media was from within?

Our lives are saturated with 'news'; but far from creating informed citizens, this is producing forgetful, inattentive citizens. Megan Le Masurier joins us to discuss whether "slow journalism" could help us remember what matters?

Last week we discussed the moral and political principles laid bare by the Australian Federal Police’s raids on the home of a News Corp journalist and the Sydney offices of the ABC. But such external threats to the 'free' press are not the only, or even the most dire, threats to the proper functioning of the media in a healthy democracy.

The threat posed by the AFP raids is the threat feared by George Orwell: external pressure, obfuscation or intimidation by a censorious, overbearing, totalitarian state. But there was another threat, no less real, articulated by Aldous Huxley: there is no need for the state to censor the truth, when the 'capitalist propaganda industry' can simply bury the truth in an avalanche of the trivial, the salacious and the manufactured. Why censor the truth, when over time people can no longer tell the difference between the true, the trivial and the manufactured? Then throw speed and the ubiquity of smart phones into the mix, and you have the makings of a democratic catastrophe.

Under conditions of speed, of instantaneity, and information overload, can journalism still fulfil its ethical vocation?

Following upon that came this email text and image from QAGOMA :

1.30pm, Sun 30 Jun
GOMA | Free

Look slowly and closely at one artwork by Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty with QAGOMA curators and discover connections between the artist’s work and lives. Auslan interpreted.

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21 June 2019

Veils of TAR | World Refugee Day

The Metropolitan Museum Shrouded a Mark Chagall Painting to Draw Attention to World Refugee Day

The museum shrouded the painting to ask the question: “What would the Met’s walls look like if there were no refugees?” Works by other famous artists including Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian, and Mark Rothko are labeled as works “made by a refugee.”

- Hyperallergic article here

 The shrouding of Marc Chagall’s painting “The Lovers”
courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art  

We are reminded of Yosa Buson's Veils of Regard.

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20 June 2019

TAR Label ] after A Calder ( lobsTAR TRAp

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 Label      Code               0132129
                Artist               ********
                Title                 Alexander Calder's 'Lobster Trap and Fish 
                                        Tail', a hanging mobile commissioned by the
                                        advisory Committee for the stairwell of the 
                                        Museum's new building in 1939 
                                        (photograph 1949)
                Location          Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
                City                  New York
                Country           USA
                Period/Style   1900/1945
                Genre              Documentary

                Note                 PA315. 

                Credits            Digital image, 
                                        The Museum of Modern Art, New York/
                                        Scala, Florence 

                Rights and restrictions 

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                                    CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION

                  Date          - 20 June 2019 -

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18 June 2019

TARfest19 : Behavioural Awareness Officers Quell Screaming Teens

 [Intro: Suffa]
 For my people in the front
 In the nosebleed section

 [Hilltop Hoods : The Nosebleed Section]

 [Verse 1: Suffa]
 This is for the heads that's loving the mix
 My people in the front, all covered in spit
 Batter's in the box, Suffa to pitch
 Hilltop Hoods all up in this bitch...

courtesy AAA_ArtArchiveAustralia  
 [Verse 2: Suffa] ...
 This is a comeback, tongue that’s sharp like a thumbtack
 It's so tight James is saying, "Give my funk back"
 One track, eight track, ADAT, residual noise
 Man, fuck that, we clean with the digital toys
 I'm the Apache, you're failing to match me
 Throw your hands in the air like you're hailing a taxi
 And move to the funk flow, you stepping? Are you drunk, bro?
 This is for my peeps and the freaks in the front row

 [Verse 3: Suffa]
 People don’t complain if Suffa’s in here
 And you’re in the front row all covered in beer
 And club owners don't say, 
    "The place is wrecked, it's your fault"
 If the roof is on fire, it's an electrical fault
 Man, I bet you all bolt when I bring it live
 Like Friday night footy, in my hoody I can hide...

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 someone looks at something... 


15 June 2019

Three Words

 Each Friday at 5pm in Daylesford, Victoria ...

 ... protest continues against the offshore detention
 of refugees to Australia. 

 Last evening, 
one driver shouted,                 
"It's just three words."  
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 someone looks at something... 


14 June 2019

Open letter to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Members of Parliament :

The Australian Federal Police raids on the home of News Corporation Australia journalist Annika Smethurst and on the offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation represent a grave threat to press freedom in Australia.

We welcome the Prime Minister’s stated commitment to freedom of the press and openness to discuss the concerns that have been raised.

A healthy democracy cannot function without its media being free to bring to light uncomfortable truths, to scrutinise the powerful and inform our communities. Investigative journalism cannot survive without the courage of whistleblowers, motivated by concern for their fellow citizens, who seek to bring to light instances of wrongdoing, illegal activities, fraud, corruption and threats to public health and safety.

These are issues of public interest, of the public’s right to know. Whistleblowers and the journalists who work with them are entitled to protection, not prosecution. Truth-telling is being punished.

The raids, a raft of recent national security laws, and the prosecutions of whistleblowers Richard Boyle, David McBride and Witness K all demonstrate the public’s right to know is being harmed. Truth-telling is being punished.

It is also clear from the global response to the recent raids that Australia’s proud reputation around the world as a free and open society is under threat.

We urge Parliament to legislate changes to the law to recognise and enshrine a positive public interest protection for whistleblowers and for journalists. Without these protections Australians will be denied important information it is their right as citizens to have.

We urge you to take prompt action to protect our democracy for all Australians.


Michael Bachelard, The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age; Richard Baker, The Age; Mark Baker, Melbourne Press Club; Barrie Cassidy, ABC; Phillip Coorey, The Australian Financial Review; Annabel Crabb, ABC; David Crowe, The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age; Miranda Devine, The Daily Telegraph; Malcolm Farr, news.com.au; Adele Ferguson, The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald; Marina Go, Director, The Walkley Foundation; Michelle Grattan, The Conversation; Peter Greste, Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom; Claire Harvey, The Sunday Telegraph; Tim Lester, Seven Network; Isabel Lo, Media Diversity Australia: John Lyons, ABC; David Marr, Guardian Australia; Chris Masters, Investigative Journalist; Kate McClymont, The Sydney Morning Herald; Nick McKenzie, The Age; Karen Middleton, The Saturday Paper; Katharine Murphy, Guardian Australia; Paul Murphy, MEAA; Laurie Oakes, Retired Political Journalist; Kerry O’Brien, Chair, The Walkley Foundation; Matt Peacock, ABC Alumni; Mark Riley, Seven News; Leigh Sales, ABC; Niki Savva, The Australian; Tory Shepherd, The Advertiser; Marcus Strom, MEAA; Sandra Sully, Ten News; Lenore Taylor, Guardian Australia; Paige Taylor, The Australian; Hedley Thomas, The Australian; Laura Tingle, ABC; Peter Tyndall, bLOGOS/HA HA; Lisa Wilkinson, The Project

To co-sign this letter go to :

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11 June 2019

Mechanical Headline

TARhaus : 
Poème Rire Défectueux 
- après Wolfgang Sievers

    Auction Information  

    Sale LJ8303
    26 June 2019 - 6:00pm
    Leonard Joel
    333 Malvern Rd, South Yarra 3141

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June, 10am-4pm 
Wednesday 26 June, 9am-4pm

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Lot 47
Milkbottle Patternmaker, Australian Glass Manufacturers,
   Spotswood, Victoria 1956
silver gelatin photograph
titled, dated and signed verso
50 x 40cm
   The collection of Deidre Cook

   Other Notes
   © National Library of Australia 
   Estimate $600-800

    photograph by Wolfgang Sievers  
 Thoughts turn in rearrangement to 
 Raoul Hausmann's
 Mechanischer Kopf (Der Geist Unserer Zeit)
 Mechanical Head (The Spirit of Our Time)" 
 c. 1920 

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06 June 2019

The Anatomy Lesson of a Free Press

Students of Theatre of the Actors of Regard (STAR) would have immediately recognised this scene and its ongoing lesson.

photo : ABC News- Brendan Esposito  

Scott Morrison says the recent AFP raids on journalists were "at complete arm's length" from his Government, but leading journalists say police were operating within laws created by the state — laws that will have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

PM denies Government ordered AFP raids on journalist, ABC - AM ...

Rembrandt van Rijn  
In Rembrandt's 'The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Nicolaes Tulp' (1632), above, we observe the investigative doctor interrogating the matter and meanings of 'an arm's length'.

Mr Lyons has revealed details of the warrant’s broad scope, which seeks: “Handwritten/digital notes, diary/ies, correspondence — internal, external, emails & other electronic forms of messaging, minutes, reports, briefing documents, assessments, graphics, sketches, photographs or imagery/vision — drafts & final, story pitch planning logs, broadcast and online schedules, raw or unedited footage in its entirety, journalist’s piece to camera, scripts drafts and finals including voiceovers, story boards/plans, status updates, website content, documents classified as ‘secret’ together with any manual, instruction, password or other thing that assists to gain access to or interpret or decode any of the above things.”

Federal Police raid ABC offices in Sydney over 2017 story about Afghanistan, a day after Annika Smethurst search 

Below, the lesson re. "add, copy, delete or alter" : photojournalists at FreakingNews.com got the steal on the full story of The Lesson after an arms length raid by the 1632 Dutch Federal Police.

FreakingNews.com after Rembrandt van Rijn  

Kerry O'Brien says AFP raids on the ABC and Annika Smethurst 'go to the heart of democracy'


 PHOTO- AFP officers sit with the ABC legal team and an IT 
 specialist (centre) overlooking the search for emails and data. 
 (ABC News- Brendan Esposito)
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05 June 2019

Song to a See Gull

                              after Joni Mitchell

    click to enlarge  
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04 June 2019

Passage to the See

                     left bank poet,
                     right bank gourmand --
                     the river.

                              after Yosa Buson

  Yosa Buson (1716-1784)                               collection FIAPCE  

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


02 June 2019


              Seek and ye shall not find. 
              Find and ye shall not seek.
              - The Seekers (sic)

                  see : ventri-kundaLOGOS/HA HA

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