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.


19 July 2017

Nothing if not egg c'llectic

 
Following on from the previous post
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News today of the online auction of the Jennie Boddington Collection. The private collection of the first Curator of Photography (1972-1990) at the National Gallery of Victoria. Lot 4 is our interest :

Description :
LEE FRIEDLANDER (AMERICAN, BORN 1934): A small group of letters (2) from Maria Friedlander and postcards (4) from Lee to Jennie Boddington, between 1980 and 1983. In her letter of March 7, 1983 she writes "The N.Y. photo market has been rather still for a couple of years, but we are beginning to hear optimistic rumblings." (6 items).
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Categories : Australian & International Art > Photographs (Art)
It's the image 
reproduced on the pin-pricked postcard that interests us : Folies Bergère dancer
Mlle Couralet, dans "La Poule aux oeufs d'or" - not by Friedlander, by the great Nadar. 
  
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16 July 2017

A : AUDIENCE : Ω


Ross Coulter's Audience exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria ends today.
  
Theatre of the Actors of Regard -1952- 


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14 July 2017

We call him "Mr No Enemy Liu", he said.


Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Dissident Who Won Nobel While Jailed, Dies at 61

by Chris Buckley / New York Times (13 July 2017)

full article here

Mr. Liu was imprisoned and unable to accept the Nobel Peace Prize 
in person in Oslo in 2010. The actress Liv Ullmann read from Mr. Liu’s 
“I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement to the Court.”CreditOdd Andersen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, died today, July 13, 2017, from complications of liver cancer, while serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.” The following essay is excerpted from Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century, by Orville Schell and John Delury.

Liu Xiaobo’s Three Refusals: 
No Enemies, No Hatred, No Lies

An Excerpt from ‘Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century’

  
In the spring of 1989, Liu Xiaobo was a thirty-four-year-old professor of literature and philosophy at Beijing Normal University with a keen interest in political ideas, who when demonstrations broke out, quickly became a habitué of Tiananmen Square. Having written a doctoral thesis on the topic of aesthetics and human freedom, he was a prolific if acidic writer, a loner and iconoclast who believed that the most worthy role of intellectuals was to “enunciate thoughts that are ahead of their time” and to strive for a vision that is able “to stretch beyond the range of accepted ideas.” He believed that a truly autonomous intellectual must be “adventurous” and “a lonely forerunner” whose true worth would be discovered “only after he has moved on far ahead.”1 A uniquely independent thinker whose signatures were close-cropped hair, an addiction to cigarettes, and a fondness for aviator glasses, Liu rejected the fundamental premises of one-party rule, which he felt had corrupted the ability of most Chinese to think for themselves. Party rulers, he later said, “bribe us with small favors, threaten us with the lash, entertain us with songs and dances, and use lies to poison our souls.”2 For those intellectuals who too easily accommodated the party, Liu had little but contempt. “And China’s so-called intelligentsia,” he wrote, “is, for the most part, the dictator’s conspirator and accomplice.”3
An admirer of nonviolent leaders such as Vaclav Havel, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr., Liu prided himself on his intolerance for cant, groupthink, and political pandering.4 “The Chinese love to look up to the famous, thereby saving themselves the trouble of thinking,” he wrote before the 1989 demonstrations began. That’s why they “rush into things en masse. Occasionally someone stands out from the crowd and lets out a shout: Everyone is astounded. What I’m saying is that there are too few people with their own minds, their own ideas.”5 ....
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11 July 2017

TAR at ASG


Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
at 
Anna Schwartz Gallery

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extract from the current ASG website :

MIKE PARR
LEFT FIELD


Calling on the tenets of Suprematism and continuing the premise of Painting-out Performance, 2015, in which several large prints were painted red, Mike Parr performed LEFT FIELD [for Robert Hunter] at Anna Schwartz Gallery on the 6th of July 2017.

The title of the performance invokes variously; a position of obscurity, an ideological leaning, a location on a baseball pitch, or even an abandoned site – a field left behind. Such an empty field could be imagined as boundless, one entire entity without edge or seam. Embracing the statement of Kazimir Malevich that “Art… wants to have nothing further to do with the object”, Parr’s minimalistic performance has rendered the gallery void, leaving behind only a trace in the form of video documentation. On display for the period of the exhibition, this ephemeral echo reverberates against the walls, ceiling and floor, intensifying its barely perceptible sight and sound. On view in the upstairs gallery is a new work by Mike Parr, COATED TONGUES [for Shaun Gladwell], in which he continues his tribute to seminal Australian artists.
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10 July 2017

Some Artists & Philosophers Walked into a Door...




Theme :

A work might be experienced in numerous ways — in person, online, across multiple versions, as a record, diagram, report, description, witness account, podcast, video, plan, remix, or even as a scalable aggregate of elements. Perhaps, once we consider the world of a work of art as a constellation of elements, the indeterminacy of art is given a more conspicuous materiality. Where is a work of art? Is there an optimum or primary point of entry into a work of art?

Chairs : 

Sean Lowry (VCA) and Jenny McMahon (Philosophy, Adelaide)

Presenters (more info) :

Barbara BoltElizabeth Burns ColemanEdward CollessCate ConsandineClaire Healy & Sean CordeiroJustin ClemensCynthia FreelandVanessa GoddenAndrew GoodmanPaul GuyerRaafat IshakKate JustTessa LairdClaire LambeSean LowryDavid MacarthurMohan MatthenJennifer A. McMahonRowan McNaughtMichael NewallJames PhillipsLisa RadfordGeoff RobinsonKiron RobinsonBernhard SachsDavid SequeiraRobert SinnerbrinkDaniel von Sturmer, Sophie Takách



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08 July 2017

ORAZIO FANTASIA and the METAPHYSICAFLOGOS/HA HA


IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM
In the Beginning was the Word...
and the Word was made Flesh

ORAZIO FANTASIA
I Speak the Fantasy...
into Being


 Orazio Fantasia

"Fantasia making something out of nothing." 
 ABC radio game caller as Fantasia kicks a goal
 27 minutes into the 2nd quarter
 Essendon v Collingwood



 And whatsmore :
"Bombers at one end making something out of nothing. Collingwood at the other making nothing out of something."



For the second time this season,
Bombers defeat Collingwood


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07 July 2017

Overs Bowled :


outswinger also bowled to that previous post
by Spare Room 33 :


SR33 caption: Comrades Aleksandr Rodchenko and Pavel Popov* inspect state porcelain factory bowl containing M. Marcel Duchamp’s coffee grinder.  *Liubov Popova’s brother

Canberra Times caption: Senior manager of the Security and Emergency Management Branch in the Justice and Community Safety Directorate Bren Burkevics, and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman inspect new CCTV cameras that are being installed as upgrades to the ACT public safety CCTV system. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong).

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02 July 2017

temporarymade as temporarymade


off break bowled to the previous post

by Matrix Mitch 
(as re-temporarymade (sic) - Ed.)



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28 June 2017

There was a Child went Forth


There was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look’d upon
that object 
      he became; 
And that object became part of him for the day, 
      or a certain part of the day, or for many years, 
      or stretching cycles of years...
 'There was a Child went Forth'
 from "Leaves of Grass"
 by Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
 read full poem here

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26 June 2017

Anne T at 60

Happy Birthday Anne


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