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.

04 July 2015

'Capital before and after Capital : Regarding Regard : the Appearance of Reality and the Economy of Desire'

Julie Ewington writes in The Monthly (July) about the curator Okwui Enwezor's 2015 Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures :
"... Enwezor’s Biennale has separated visitors into two camps: lovers and haters. I’m in the former. One of the most influential voices in contemporary art, Enwezor has staged a Biennale that is provocative and abrasive, even angry, but also engaging and humane. Key themes, signalled by the continuous reading of Marx’s Das Kapital in the new Arena at the main pavilion in the Giardini, are power, labour and inequity. Why Marx? Provocation aside, what else stands as a foundational text for the modern period? Kapital leads into the exhibition’s exploration of what is happening now, with the world’s exploited labour, mass migrations, historical and inherited injustices. The aim is to see the state of things, in Enwezor’s often repeated italicised phrase, in order to move forward. It’s an enormous program, a huge ask."

Julie Ewington again :

"The disquiet with Enwezor’s Biennale leads to this question : what is the purpose of art?"

Well, that doesn't necessarily lead to that...
] do All roads lead to roam, as we have herd? (
: what is the purpose of disquiet?
: what is the purpose of purpose?
: what is the purpose of such leading questions?
: what is art?
: what is capital?
: what is a koan?
: what is this?
Karl Marx : Capital: Critique of Political Economy (1867)
Monty Python " Communist Quiz [World Forum] :

Presenter : Well now we come on to our special gift section. The contestant is Karl Marx and the prize this week is a beautiful lounge suite. Now Karl has elected to answer questions on the workers control of factories so here we go with question number one. Are you nervous? (Karl nods his head; the presenter reads from a card) The development of the industrial proletariat is conditioned by what other development?

Karl Marx : The development of the industrial bourgeoisie.

Presenter: Yes, yes, it is indeed. You're on your way to the lounge suite, Karl. Question number two. The struggle of class against class is a what struggle? A what struggle?

Karl Marx : A political struggle.
(Tumultuous applause.)

Presenter: Yes, yes! One final question Karl and the beautiful lounge suite will be yours... Are you going to have a go? (Karl nods) You're a brave man. Karl Marx, your final question, who won the Cup Final in 1949?

Karl: The workers' control of the means of production? The struggle of the urban proletariat?

Presenter: No. It was in fact, Wolverhampton Wanderers who beat Leicester 3-1.
Thomas Piketty : Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013)
We have a question sent-in by Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
       What is the nature and purpose of our regard? 
       What is The Capital of regard?"

Blaise Pascal, your thoughts?
      "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." (Pensées)

Thank you, Blaise. Straight to the root of (the means of) production - our disquiet : from desire-attachment to 'the state of things'.

LOGOS/HA HA : a frame by any other name ...

C'EST UN MORCEAU CAPITAL : A bit of Capital Regard, in fact. It's a telling favourite here - by Jules Bourdet, published in Le Charivari (1833) three decades before the publication of Das Kapital :

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01 July 2015

Previous Scene as Daruma Muralist

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29 June 2015

TAR : Let Us Paint the Face of the Public

I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now, but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.

    - John Ruskin writing about James Whistler (1877)

A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public.

    - Camille Mauclair (1905) riffing on Ruskin; commenting on the 1905 Salon d'Automne by the artists Louis Vauxcelles dubbed as Les Fauves (The Beasts)

F = ma

    -  Theatre of the Actors of Regard (-2015-)

Ash Keating with Gravity System Response #2 - photograph by Amanda Fordyce 

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27 June 2015

Cheer Squad

TAR Cheer Squad member expresses enthusiasm for projection-space.

Theatre of the Actors of Regard    
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25 June 2015

"Heads should roll" declares PM

As responsible journalists in this whose-side-are-you-on Australia under the Abbott Government, we have to be careful
in so many ways.

This from a Canberra Doorstop Interview today:

25 June 2015
Prime Minister
Address to Australian Strategic Policy Institute; defence white paper; national security; future submarines project; Q&A appearance of Zaky Mallah.

PM, can I just ask you, what do you make of the ABC's decision to repeat Q &A yesterday, and have you banned Government ministers from appearing on the show?
Utterly incomprehensible – utterly incomprehensible. Here we had the ABC admitting a gross error of judgment and then compounding that terrible mistake – that betrayal, if you like – of our country by giving a platform to this convicted criminal and terrorist sympathiser, they compounded the mistake by rebroadcasting the program. Now, frankly, heads should roll over this – heads should roll over this. I've had a good discussion with the Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. I know he has made a very strong representation to the ABC. We've announced that we are not satisfied with an internal ABC inquiry because so often we've seen virtual whitewashes when that sort of thing happens. There is going to be an urgent government inquiry with recommendations, and frankly, the ABC ought to take some very strong action straight away.

On 7.30 (ABC.TV), the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, is asked about this :
LEIGH SALES: Do you agree with the Prime Minister that heads need to roll over the Q&A broadcast?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, look, I'll decide what metaphors I use and the manner in which I use them.

Was that witty and weird, or what? Or just a little bit of history repeating?

The word is about, there's something evolving,
Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving...
They say the next big thing is here,
That the revolution's near,
But to me it seems quite clear
That's it's all just a little bit of history repeating.

'History Repeating' (Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey)

We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.
This morning's The Age Editorial (read the full text here) : 

Free speech Forgotten in the Q&A furore

Zaky Mallah made a hotheaded outburst on live television during Monday night's Q&A program on ABC-TV. He has since claimed his tone of voice was perhaps too harsh, which is sophistry, for his words alone were enough to cause offence. Yet Mr Mallah has the freedom to think and say foolish things. Australian ears are not so precious that he must be silenced. Better he be heard, and his muddle-headed logic exposed.  ...

In that light, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was wrong to demand of the ABC "Whose side are you on?" after the broadcast, and again on Wednesday after the program was repeated. This smacks of populist point-scoring rather than a genuine concern about the security of the nation. Is Mr Abbott's faith in the power of free speech so feeble that neither he nor the members of his government can puncture Mr Mallah's opinion, so instead seek to attack the messenger?  ...
This evening, 'Head of the ABC' (sic) Mark Scott delivered the 2015 Corporate Public Affairs Oration : a powerful defence of the role of the ABC. 

Read the full text here (extract below)
Watch the video presentation here

As someone said to me this week, free speech arguments would be easier if you were always defending Martin Luther King. At times, free speech principles mean giving platforms to those with whom we fundamentally disagree.

It was the crux of the Charlie Hebdo argument last year and of course, the source of the maxim that was used to describe Voltaire’s beliefs — “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Here at the offices of bLOGOS/HA HA, our experienced and responsible rédacteur en chef  is not easily intimidated. Nonetheless, pinned to her door - irony? caution? - is this 1872 depiction by CHAM, clipped from our files of Le Charivari : 
a giant of a man, a journalist accused of insulting The Assembly, mockingly crowned with his own publication, sentenced to a year of public derision. LOGOS/HA HA : The Laughing Stock

Que pendant un an le journaliste ne porte d'autre 
coiffure que le numéro dans lequel il a insulté 

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23 June 2015

TAR Trek : Leader of the Band

Adorned with sun and moon, 'Leader of the Band' travels the interverse clapping and clashing his black-painted cross+braced stretched-canvasses, his diamond/square and circle 'cymbols'. 

Here he is in earlier days, at the foot of the ladder, a diamond/cube in one hand a sphere in the other. His upturned pain/t crown spilling down onto the Agnus Dei (LOGOS/HA HA)Crazy kid!
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20 June 2015

TAR TREK - Paris 1909

Etudiants de la Faculté de Spectacle et Regard sur le défilé à Paris.

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17 June 2015



Crikey / Daily Review

16 June 2015

George Brandis unites the crossbench in votes against the government

Heath Aston / The Age

17 June 2015
The legal and constitutional affairs references committee will now review the handling of the letter sent by Martin Place siege gunman Man Haron Monis to the Attorney-General and, separately, Senator Brandis' decision to divert $105 million from the Australia Council to a new program that has been branded by Labor as his own "arts slush fund", the National Program for Excellence in the Arts. 
The vote to establish both inquiries, held on Tuesday, was the first time all eight crossbenchers have voted with Labor and the Greens to refer the government to an inquiry chaired by the opposition.
Below, protest street poster by Theatre of the Actors of Regard, after Un collège en promenade by CHAM, Le Charivari, 6 March 1869.

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15 June 2015

Sealed on this day, another day

Another Fool King, another fine consequence : 
Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter.” The document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws. Although more a reactionary than a progressive document in its day, the Magna Carta was seen as a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations.
John was enthroned as king of England following the death of his brother, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, in 1199. King John’s reign was characterized by failure. He lost the duchy of Normandy to the French king and taxed the English nobility heavily to pay for his foreign misadventures. He quarreled with Pope Innocent III and sold church offices to build up the depleted royal coffers. Following the defeat of a campaign to regain Normandy in 1214, Stephen Langton, the archbishop of Canterbury, called on the disgruntled barons to demand a charter of liberties from the king.
In 1215, the barons rose up in rebellion against the king’s abuse of feudal law and custom. John, faced with a superior force, had no choice but to give in to their demands. Earlier kings of England had granted concessions to their feudal barons, but these charters were vaguely worded and issued voluntarily. The document drawn up for John in June 1215, however, forced the king to make specific guarantees of the rights and privileges of his barons and the freedom of the church. On June 15, 1215, John met the barons at Runnymede on the Thames and set his seal to the Articles of the Barons, which after minor revision was formally issued as the Magna Carta.
- June 15 : This Day In History 

The four surviving copies of the Magna Carta (British Library copies, top left and bottom right, Salisbury Cathedral copy, top right, Lincoln Cathedral copy, bottom left), reunited in London for the anniversary.

King John's 800-year-old seal at the base of The British Library's Canterbury Magna Carta
Another Fool King, another fine consequence : 

'Untitled Document'
sealed on this day
another day 

FIAPCE, 1973  
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 (Untitled Document)

14 June 2015


'The Expanding and Contracting Universe of Painting'
Roundtable discussion
Tuesday 9 June 2015, 6–8pm
Gertrude Contemporary

‘The Expanding and Contracting Universe of Painting’ is a roundtable discussion about the specificity of contemporary painting practices that are proximal to sculptural and installation practices. Each speaker will present a short statement, followed by an open discussion.

'The Expanding and Contracting Universe of Painting' is the first in a series of discussions about contemporary painting organised by Fayen d'Evie and Liang Luscombe, which will take place at Gertrude Contemporary.

Brooke Babington
Jan Bryant
Gabriel Curtin
Ry Haskings
David Homewood
Helen Johnson
Annika Koops
Lucina Lane
Nell Pearson
Lisa Radford
Bryan Spier
Nick Selenitsch
Masato Takasaka

Helen Hughes

We couldn't get there so listened instead to our very worn vinyl original of ] I'M ( STRANDED by THE PAINTS, released in Australia in 1977 by Reductivist Crisis records. A classic!
AAA_ Art Archive Australia  
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