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 April 2014

Spiral Jettison ] The Turd ( after Smithson

The Fabric of Regard
  after Buddha
    after Slave Pianos
      after Punkasila
        after The Lepidopters : A Space Opera
          after Theatre of the Actors of Regard

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



14 April 2014

A Night at the Lepid-Opera

With his powerful moth-like wings,
John McCaughey conducts the Astra Choir and Mothicians, including Michael Kieran Harvey,  
at Saturday's Arts House world premier of  
The Lepidopters : A Space Opera

Punkasila, emergent, with Rachel Saraswati also on the wing.

Astra at one end...           ...at the other Punkasila

between them and among them
the Sedulur Gamelan ("Gamelan Sisters") of
Slave Pianos

Above us all, Logos the Speaker, the actor Richard Piper, who...

...at work's end descends from his loft, circles the gamelan and finishes the tale ...as a moth lands upon and sounds a single piano key
Bravo! Bravo! 

P.S.  The actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood of  
2001 : A Space Odyssey were also in Melbourne these last few days ('AGE' article here) through the season of The Lepidopters : A Space Opera

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



10 April 2014

The Moth-er of All Musikals

“Everything is sane. The Moths have gone away."
- Mark von Schlegell
The Lepidopters : A Space Opera
SATURDAY April 12 at 3.00PM & 7.30PM
SUNDAY April 13 at 5.00PM

North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne

Slave Pianos Rohan Drape, Neil Kelly, Antanas Kesminas, Danius Kesminas, Dave Nelson, Michael Stevenson
The Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey
Punkasila Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, Rudy ‘Atjeh’ Dharmawan, Antariksa, Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto, Prihatmoko ‘Moki’ Catur
Rachel Saraswati voice/dance
Michael Kieran Harvey piano
Aviva Endean clarinet Laila Engle flute Daniel Richardson percussion
Richard Piper narrator
Terra Bajraghosa video artist


A kulturnautic expedition defying the sovereign borders of visual arts and music, The Lepidopters responds to a commissioned text by sci-fi writer Mark von Schlegell, in which alien moths invade the Indonesian archipelago with the aim of colonising Earth through inter-species reproduction. Including projected illustrations and film by Yogyakarta artists Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto and Terra Bajraghosa, this multi-art-form concert draws on the work of Robert Smithson to investigate sonic landscapes and dystopian visions, Indonesian telepathy, ancient Javanese mysticism, and art practices both traditional and modern.

Central to the staging of The Lepidopters are the Sedulur Gamelan (“Gamelan Sisters”) – a self-governing electro-mechanical ‘slave gamelan’ housed in two large interlocking wooden structures.

A trailblazing choir, a concert pianist, a pop-star mezzo-soprano, a punk band with just- intonation ‘gyrostatic’ guitars, noise machines, video installation, an automated gamelan and analogue electronics, The Lepidopters is a renegade cross-cultural and inter-planetary event.

Tickets : Full $25/Conc $20/Student $15 (tickets selling fast!)
Bookings : artshouse.com.au
or (03) 9329 9966

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



07 April 2014


New in the Distort mailorder catalog :
SSEX #4: Brand new issue of this unique Melbourne fanzine,
one of the best in Australia for sure. 
Two years in the making. Interviews with Charles Nauman,
John Murphy and Peter Tyndall. ($5)
Order here
Electric Eels  Jaguar Ride 7”
Archival release of this 1975 recording.
Idle Minds CS : Melbourne hardcore punk.
Plus restocks of the Snake and Backstabbers tape,
Life Stinks I Like The Kinks #1, Distort #41 and #42

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



05 April 2014

Vale, The Announcement

We have recently received some fabulous printed announcements for exhibitions. 

From Heide Museum of Modern Art, a matt print (below) for EMILY FLOYD : FAR RAINBOW

click image to enlarge  
Regrettably, for those who appreciate and even collect such things, most commercial galleries no longer produce this material. Tightened belts plus the ease of digital distribution have combined to end the ritual print Announcement.  

Hear He, Hear Ye : 'Tis the End of Such as This.

There's an irony in this as the technology of print and paper production has, arguably, never been so high or so widely available.

For the moment, the state funded galleries and museums still 'go to print'. As well as the Heide-
Emily Floyd gift, other pin-ups currently adorning the offices of bLOGOS/HA HA are Stephen Bush Steenhuffel, from the Ian Potter Museum of Art; Brook Andrew DE ANIMA, Bendigo Art Gallery; Rod Moss Whitegate, Burrinja Gallery; and this ripper from the Art Gallery of South Australia for their exhibition Netsuke and Other Miniatures:

On the front of the AGSA folded card is a front view of a late 19th century Japanese okimono : Karako playing blindman's bluff.

That 'set' reminds us of another such Buddhist image, one we've shown here before: The Supreme Goddess as Void, with projection-space for image.    
On the back of the AGSA announcement card we regard the verso view.

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



03 April 2014


 ... and upon these Rocks you will build a Museum of Regard.

Harvey Nininger
The Father of Modern Meteoritics
signed this photograph of his own meteoric regard.

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ... 



01 April 2014

Man and Dog : Daruma Muralists

Unidentified photograph
Man with dog with back to camera  
1919 (ca)
Real photo postcard 
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in (approx.) 
Private collection of Robert Bogdan 

This postcard is included in the book Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan "Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935" (Syracuse University Press, 2010) 


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



31 March 2014

Red Corner

Theatre of the Actors of Regard  

Together Let Us Regard The Red Right Angle

Show your support for the Gallery and become a Member today. You’ll get exclusive offers, special Members-only tours, learn more about art and get great value from regular visits to the Gallery.
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ... 



30 March 2014

In Search of Lost Time

Anyone who remembers...

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



27 March 2014

Regarding : an outburst of infectious laughter

Speaking (Order, Law) Into Being

mis-Speaking Into Being
Here we go again...

The following is from yesterday's Question Time in the House of Representatives. 

The goings-on are in part a response to Prime Minister Tony Abbott's surprise announcement of the previous day in which he unilaterally reinstated Knighthoods and Damehoods above all other Honours awarded in Australia. 

The SPEAKER is Bronwyn Bishop.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Honourable members interjecting— 

The SPEAKER: We seem to have a new tactic of having an outburst of infectious laughter—which I suspect may become disorderly—and I suspect it might begin with the member for Franklin. The member for Franklin is warned.

Mr Burke: I rise on a point of order, Madam Speaker.

The SPEAKER: It had better be a proper point of order.

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker, are you ruling people out of order because they are laughing?

The SPEAKER: The member will resume his seat. The member for Franklin will leave the chamber under standing order 94(a).

The member for Franklin then left the chamber.

Mr Shorten interjecting—

Mr Abbott: The Leader of the Opposition referred to what he called 'the royal comedy channel'. I think that is offensive and he should be asked to withdraw.

The SPEAKER: To assist the House, the Leader of the Opposition will withdraw.

Mr Shorten: I withdraw the comment. I did not mean to offend the Prime Minister. I completely withdraw.

Opposition members interjecting—

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has the call, and you can regard yourselves as universally warned.
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...