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.


30 August 2016

Return of the ParliamenTAR


After a hiatus of 116 days (hic!) 
today in the ACT
ParliamenTAR is back!
     
Let's get ceremonial -
outside, Sir Peter inspects the Holders of the Projection-Space Ideograms of Inter-Dependent
Arising


          
Then, with the assistance of the Sgt-at-Arms and the Usher of the Black Rod, we're soon inside the House. 

                
Place the Mace! 
Speaker :
Order! Order!!


photo: Andrew Meares, The Age 
 detail
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...
         
 LOGOS/HA HA         


       

29 August 2016

simply behOlding

         


Still musing on the TOKYO 2020 intro at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony...

A red disc, a red sphere. 
What could be simpler?

A person holding and looking at a red sphere. 
What could be simpler?

Super Mario holding and looking at a red sphere.
What could be simpler?

Japanese Prime Minister holding and looking at a red sphere.
What could be simpler?

Japanese Emperor holding and looking at a red sphere.
What could be simpler?

Adult dragon holding and looking at a red or white sphere.
What could be simpler?
     
      

      "In the figure of Fukurokuju, divine wisdom puts on
        a very human face."
                - Wisdom : A History by Trevor Curnow

Something that came to mind when we saw the image of Super Mario/Prime Minister Abe holding and looking at a red sphere is the scroll pictured below, by Kano Kyuhaku (1621-1688) from the FIAPCE collection.

We take this aged, lofty-headed figure to be Fukurokuju, one of Seven Gods of Good Fortune in Japanese mythoLOGOS/HA HA. Fukurokuju is usually associated with wealth, longevity, wisdom.
           
In this image the allegorical objects that would signify these first two fortunate circumstances are not present. We therefore read this as an image of the beholding of wisdom. The symbolic object that the deity holds and regards is a
 hōju, a flaming pearl of wisdom.
                     

  Kano Kyuhaku (1621-1688) 
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...

LOGOS/HA HA
           

         

27 August 2016

Theatre of Archetypes Regard : EYE - O - SEE

         
In the previous post we mentioned a few reference points that flickered on the radar as we watched the TOKYO 2020 opener at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony.
         
Another allusion, less obvious than those, was to David Cronenberg's 'Scanners' (1981).
            

Theatre of Archetypes Regard 
During one sequence of the TOKYO 2020 presentation the performers shape their fluorescent cubes into the outline of an open eye.


still from the TOKYO 2020 video  
At the centre of that eye (above) is the green outlet of the Tokyo-Rio tunnel drilled through our Earth-O-Sphere by Super Mario. 

Anatomy of the eye, woodcut circa 1503 'Margarita Philosophica' by Gregor Reisch, Freiburg 1503

The Super One emerges through this green reveal and transforms into Prime Minister Abe who then holds aloft the all-symbolising red sphere he has brought from the other side.


unaltered screen snap from the TOKYO 2020 video  
Sitting among this Rio TAR is Darryl Revok...

flashback scene : 

Meeting of the IOC prior to choosing the host for the 2020 Olympic Games :
           
At this point I'd like to call for volunteers.

Anyone. It doesn't matter... 


Darryl Revok volunteers  
Fine.

Just, uh... Sit right here, please.

Now, I'd, I'd like you to think of something specific. Something that will not breach the security of your organization. And that you will not object to having disclosed to this group.
Something, uh, personal, perhaps.

- All right. Yes, I have something. Do I have to close my eyes?

It doesn't matter.

- All right. Yes, I have something.

      from the David Cronenberg script for 'Scanners'

Some time later ...


      
Tell us what you did, please, Darryl.

- I drilled a hole in my head.

Where?

- Kind of obvious, isn't it? Right here.

Why did you do it, Darryl? Why did you drill the hole?

- Too much pressure. Had to release some pressure.

You wanted to let the pressure out? You wanted to let something out of your head?

- Maybe I'm so smart I can't contain the thoughts in my head.

You wanted to let something out of your head?What?

- People. There are people in my head. Not enough room for Darryl.

You mean voices?

- No. Whole people. Arms, legs, hands.

What's that you've put over the hole?

- It's a door. Put an eye on the door so they won't know it's a door and they can't get back in 'cause this is the eye you know?

Do you think that will fool them?

- Sure. Sure it will. I mean... I mean, sure it will, you know?


     from the David Cronenberg script for 'Scanners'
      
FIAPCE  
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...


 LOGOS/HA HA
            
       
         

24 August 2016

O FORTUNA : TOKYO 2020


Did you see the teaser for TOKYO 2020 
at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony?

Best thing since Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad (1965), Gary Numan's Cars (1979), Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls (1984)...


  Theatre of the Athletes of Regard 
SUCH SUFFICIENT FORTUNE 
One O/ZERO/ENSO in LOVE
One O/ZERO/ENSO in SPORT
BINGO!
           

       
O FORTUNA     
twO O/ZERO/ENSO in TOKYO
twO O/ZERO/ENSO in 2O2O
BINGOBINGO!
            

  Theatre of the Athletes of Regard 
LOOK!
Japanese TAR - PM Shinzō Abe as Super MariO
            

  Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
LOOK!
West End Girls + East End Boys
           

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

LOGOS/HA HA
           
LO+OS/HA HA
LO+OS/HA HA             
LO+OS/HA HA
LO+OS/HA HA
LO+OS/HA HA
           
LOGOS/HA HA

     
           

22 August 2016

100% LOGOS


Sign of the times, the number of Olympic athletes conspicuously testifying to their God. 

Perhaps it's not such a good look if you're on the starting block, kiss a cross then break before the starter's gun and are immediately disqualified. 
        
Better, perhaps, if you are Neymar, the captain of the host country's beloved football team and you kick the winning goal in the Olympic Final shoot-out for Gold.
     
Soli Deo gloria


     
Hoc est Corpus Meum 



As if to underline something 
a couple of newspaper clippings from the same day 

Qui manducat carnem meam 


   
 Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!
       

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

21 August 2016

Theatre of the Athletes of Regard : new events well received


We've appreciated the inclusion of some of the more contemporary sports at the Rio Olympics

It was great to see running-and-shooting brought to the fore in Modern Pentathlon. Congratulations to Chloe Espesito for winning that.
             

Chloe Esposito  
And in Gymnastics, mandala ideogram rotation. Congratulations to the Aussie mixed doubles team from Sorlie's Revue for taking out the Antipodean Pedal section of that one.


photo Jeff Carter  
 detail
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...
         
 LOGOS/HA HA         
 

       

20 August 2016

Theatre of the Athletes of Regard


Le Louvre
Gold Silver Bronze 
medals not collected


 Jean-Luc Goddard "Bande à part" (Band of Outsiders) 1964

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

18 August 2016

Sight Line (Rio)

     
Take a line for a run 
                           in World Record Space-Time  
- after Paul Klee
          

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

16 August 2016

bottom-line + finishing-line = headline


bLOGOS/HA HA + Olympics = many late nights

All is matrix detail. Just now on the radio this social anarchy /chemical alchemy / punny poetry : 
The crowd's gone berserk -
Da Silva wins the Gold for Brasil.

Thiago Braz da Silva Wins GOLD for Brasil : Olympic RECORD 6.03m

Muybridge in the slo mo 

Memories in the hurdles . . .

Fifty years ago, October 1966, your correspondent in 100yd hurdles final at Olympic Park, Melbourne - photo Bernard Higgins

Malevich in the costumes 

and on and on . . .


Usain Bolt wins the 100m at 2016 Rio Olympics in 9.81 sec

TAR : they're lining up . . .

Kasimir Malevich, The Sportsmen, 1928-30 (Russian State Museum, 
St Petersburg). Photographed at Tate Modern by Guy Bell, 2015.
Theatre of the Actors of Regard


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