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.

27 January 2020


ecTARplasm : (from the Greek ektos, meaning "outside", TAR meaning "Theatre of the Actors of Regard", and plasma, meaning "something formed or molded") is a term used to denote a substance or spiritual/conceptual energy "exteriorised" by artistic mediums. 
see also LOGOS/HA HA : Speaking ] form ( into Being
We are intrigued by Nick Kyrgios's ecTARplasmic expressions, observed again this week at the Australian Open.

Getty Images : Kyrgious with on-court ecTARplasm
This brings to mind other images of ecTARplasmy, 
so to speak...

St Anne and the Angel, together in ecTARplasmic ejaculation. 
The Annunciation to Saint Anne (detail), Bernhard Strigel, c.1510

The actor Sawamura Gennosuke IV as Nikki Danjo in 
'The precious incense and autumn flowers of Sendai'.
Natori Shunsen (1928)  collection: National Gallery of Australia

Mixed meta : 'Danjūro Ichimura VIII as Nikki Danjō' 
in Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki , by Toyokuni Utagawa III (1849)

Danish medium Einer Nielsen producing ectoplasm at Oslo, 1921
Kyrgios survives incredible fightback from Karen Khachanov
AAP - 26 Jan 2020 00:23 
Nick Kyrgios has set up the most anticipated match of the 2020 Australian Open - a clash with bitter rival Rafael Nadal - after a stunning five-set triumph against Karen Khachanov. 
The temperamental Australian produced some of his best tennis to beat the Russian 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (8-6) 6-7 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) in a thrilling third-round match on Saturday night 
The four hour 26 minute classic was the longest of his career and sets up the eighth tour showdown with the world No.1 on Monday. 
But this one will go down for the ages, Kyrgios blowing two match points across the third and fourth set and also battling a bloody hand and a mini-meltdown to eventually get the job done. 
"Man, it was crazy," Kyrgios said. 
"I don't even know what to say right now. That was insane. I've got no words to how I'm feeling right now.
 After the win, Nick painfully slowly approached Jim Courier, waiting on court to interview him. With hands on hips and a white ecTARplasm towelling emission, he readied to speak.

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