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.


24 September 2014

Vale Robert Hunter ( -1947 - 2014- )


























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23 September 2014

UNEDUCATED


Curator : Kym Maxwell

Artists : Annette Krauss (N.L), Tom and Simon Bloor (U.K), Room 13 the early years (with Robert Fairley U.K), Elizabeth Newman, Antonia Sellbach, Nick Selentisch, Annabelle Kingston, Dan Arps, Lane Cormick, Peter Tyndall, Kym Maxwell, Nathan Gray, Sean Peoples, Anastasia Klose, Dr Peter Hill, DAMP and Emily Floyd.
     
13 September, 2-3:30pm : The educational philosophies of Frederick Schiller and Jacques Ranciere, a lecture by Sam Cuff Snow and Gene Flenady from Monash University and Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy.
     
25 September 25th, 6-8pm: The role of cognition in viewing. The importance of not knowing: what the Greek Skeptics might call a suspension from certainty; or cognitive indeterminacy. Nick Selentisch talks with Dan Arps and Peter Tyndall.


UNEDUCATED
Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Rd Brunswick, 
5 September – 5 October 2014



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21 September 2014

Abstractionist tells : I Was A Teenage Hard-Edge Cubist !

    
The less there is to see the more important it is to look
Ian Potter Museum of Art
last day today
   
The more there is to see the less important it is to look
first day today



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18 September 2014

What is it about Melbourne that it continues to generate these slave actions?

   
SLAVE GUITARS  
(1979 - )
here  here  here

SLAVE PIANOS
(1988 - )
here  here

Christian Capurro : SLAVE
(at ACCA until 28 September 2014 - )
here  here  here  here
 

Entranced: A work from Christian Capurro's exhibition Slave at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Andrew Curtis
    
The image-caption above is from Robert Nelson's review in the online version of The Age : 
Christian Capurro: A slave to the screen?
  
The
newsprint edition's caption for this image is :
    

Christian Capurro's Slave raises questions about both artist and audience. Photo: Andrew Curtis
     
Since we first re-published these two captions, information received now corrects them both to :


Entranced: A work from Christian Capurro's exhibition Slave at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Christian Capurro
  
Christian Capurro's Slave raises questions about both artist and audience. Photo: Christian Capurro


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16 September 2014

Right Drum + Right Frame = Right War


The drums of war are sounding, again     
It now appears highly likely that Australia once again is headed for war in Iraq, perhaps not with masses of ground combat forces as occurred last decade, but with military force nonetheless. It is imperative that the militant brigades of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) be halted. They have waged terror across Syria, Iraq and into Lebanon, and conducted unspeakably brutal crimes. Whole cities are now in its grip. But The Age urges the government to consider Australia's position with caution before plunging headlong into this venture. The momentum is building, but the strategy for eradicating ISIL remains elusive..

Editorial : THE AGE
13 September 2014




War Frames

     
As Prime Minister Tony Abbott oversees Australia's deployment of troops to Iraq from his temporary office in the Garma Knowledge Centre on the Gulkula plateau, politicians and observers are looking for the right frame to describe the military operation. The Labor Party has fallen into line behind the government, accepting Abbott's assertions that the mission against the Islamic State is unlike others in the Middle East and that while this mission is essentially humanitarian, there's also a national security component: if allowed to expand, the Islamic State would inevitably pose a threat to Australia. Mark Kenny reports in the Fairfax press that "sources close to" Abbott insist that he's acting on a clear moral sense of duty, which flows from the simple characterisation of the Islamic State as "evil". This perhaps explains his eagerness to involve Australia, which has been much quicker off the mark than Britain.

The Greens and others, on the other hand, worry that Australia's eagerness looks too much like its traditional deference to its "great and powerful friends". Christine Milne yesterday pointed to the lack of a time-frame or even clearly-defined objectives to Australia's mission, and raised the concern that Australia's involvement will only encourage the radicalisation of disaffected and alienated young Muslims. Although Abbott and ASIO's outgoing Director-General of Security David Irvine have denied any such correlation, ASIO's own report to parliament in 2012-13 acknowledged that Australia's military operations in the Middle East do raise the risk of domestic terrorism.

In Washington, journalist Paul McGeough points out that the US-led mission lacks clarity. Those urging military action in the US, Britain and Australia are particularly animated by the potential dangers posed by "returning Jihadists", but those governments are rarely asked to quantify that threat in any way. Meanwhile there appears disagreement on either side of the Pacific as to whether the mission should even be described as a "war".

Russell Marks
Editor : The Monthly

16 September 2014
        

FIAPCE  -1983- 
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15 September 2014

so what does the action Learn from its agent? (though in a yoyo youreonyourOwn economy, a bank isabank isabank. or


- Chris Mann, from 
notes ( on the user as software

TAR presents : 
FIAPCE YO YO Champion in 
'With mindful regard 
these things on strings 
this spinning ideogram mandala'


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14 September 2014

Ideally, nothing

      

Robert Bresson talks about his film Mouchette.
 
Mouchette stands at the gate of the rides of the fair, looking at the people in the rides.   
       

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11 September 2014

i feel sorry for the facts. but that dont mean i feel indulgent. my moneys on those words offshored, or at least pAid offshore, the pretty polly Cracker of a code. (.. somewhere in there theres an idea eating away .. but its like that. that moment when crap was only crap, that was not a good moment. this then is to indemnify the misery as mere Unhappiness, or ode to the aesthetics of attention. theres those bits that fIt, andWords, what other words think of as a form of inoculation. therapy for minors. Ambient Habit. a justintime Relapse. or Brick. (i mean according to homeland security its illegal to travel without your habit.) and as your status remains Classified, ( .. though could facts be even a little more self conscious if they tried? i mean that words might Know, is really quite an idea.

        
bLOGOS/HA HA are longtime fans of Chris Mann]

 (i mean just coz they ignore you doesnt mean youre rIght,
    
Here's Chris with Philippa Cullen in 1974 at the Ewing Gallery, Melbourne for Events/Structures. The final image of this post shows another of Chris's contributions to that exhibition, curated by Peter Cripps.
          
click image to enlarge       photo : AAA_ArtArchive Australia

His website theuse.info is our favorite website, the default heavy mental brain grind accompaniment to the rumble of the presses : 
click on a dot and or two
or
Fuck Off. get your Own fucking silence.

For yonks we've reckoned there should be a Melbourne International Festival dedicated to Melbourne's Chris Mann; built around his work and that of certain like-minded composers (sic) such as Ives, Schwitters, Grainger, Cage, Beckett, Ionesco, Murnane, Warren Burt, Ron Nagorka, Jim Denley....
        
 its only when they bestowed agency on the Pause that .. 
 
So it was great to read the recent post at Gertrude Contemporary seeking workshop participants for this tribute project by Taiwanese artist Hong-Kai Wang :

CONCEPTUAL BIOGRAPHY OF CHRIS MANN
Saturday 27 September 2014
3pm-6pm
Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
FREE

  

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09 September 2014

Auction Waiting Room IV


Speaking previously of poignant images, or rather of recognising our projections of poignant regard, this image and its title, from the September auction list at Joels, summoned that again. 
Jeffrey Bren
Hospital Waiting Room IV
oil on canvas
91 x 121.5cm
Jeffrey Bren (1944-2007) : a student of John Brack, and an artist we once followed seriously. Lost track of. Trial by Hospital Waiting Rooms. Click here to read his obituary in The Age.
Jeffrey Bren 
Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
Trial by Auction Room   
ESTIMATE : $800 - $1,20o

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07 September 2014

P.S.


Albert Guillaume published three books of his drawings of military life, including 'Mes Campagnes' in 1896. A large number of these were re-published as postcards.
courtesy : The Debt Collection   
       
POST-SCRIPTUM is a poignant favorite. Postscript to an army life, the amputee postman doing his delivery rounds  à la carte (postale).
   
'Postman Joseph Roulin and the correspondents : 1888-2014' at West Space, November 2014.
         
         


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