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.


31 March 2014

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30 March 2014

In Search of Lost Time


Anyone who remembers...
       

            
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27 March 2014

Regarding : an outburst of infectious laughter


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Speaking (Order, Law) Into Being

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mis-Speaking Into Being
 
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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.
       
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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.
   
         
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24 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (7)

       
      
Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall 

         
at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014

         
The Witness commissioned Actor One.
Actor One commissioned Actor Two.
Actor Two commissioned Actor Three.

In this way, none of the interventionists knew who among them was a normal Actor of Regard and who a paid professional performing the prescribed Act of Regard.

The script was issued on the day : 
just act normally
      

    
Perhaps someone in this tableaux is one of the commissioned Actors? Maybe they all are?
   

        
It never occurred to the Witness that the shoe-
maker might be someone else's Actor. "Would you like to make a shoe?", she asked. The wall text said My name is ... and I'm a shoemaker. So, sure, why not?

Tab A to Tab B then thread the lace and tie. 

The Witness asked the shoemaker, "When did you first think to yourself, 'I want to make shoes'?" At this the shoemaker broke character and admitted to not being a shoemaker but a fill-in paid actor, a lawyer odd-jobbing. 
      

      
What about this group? Maybe one or more of them are the Actors?  
       
Later, The Witness was told this was a different group of TAR participants, seen here after that other synchronous performance.

At 9pm the Witness and Three Actors met for the first time. 
   

left to right : Actor Three, Actor Two, Actor One

They shared their experiences : of watching a security official looking closely at a wall (see: The Daruma Muralists); of dissolving into looking; of suspecting others of suspecting them to be Actors.

Regarding the latter, the Witness told them of some people returning to report that, since they had been informed that some among them were Actors, now everyone appeared to them as possibly Actors.
        

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21 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (6)

       

Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall

        
at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014

This TAR performance by Staff of the NGV
  


... not so different to that below, just minutes later.

TAR perform :
SOS  ] Seeing Our Selfies ( Let There Be Image
       


Both tableaux as if under the imperative of some ancient stage directive.
    
     
      
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20 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (5)

         
      
Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall

        
at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014

The Witness was talking with Actor One about the Big Bang being the two carbon arcs of a cosmic cine-projector sparking together to begin the projection upon our mind-streams of the great meta-movie "Let There Be Light". (see: From Genesis to the Brothers Lumière)
   

     
It seemed a little ironic, therefore, that the NGV screen upon which this blog has appeared throughout the time of Melbourne Now was on this occasion sans image.

Caterina the curator called David the techie.

The Witness documents their archetypal TAR Act : STABAT REGARDER

It begins :
 ] We behold ( Through a glass, darkly
   

   
This is the iconic Stabat Mater scene : grieving figures (Mary and John The Evangelist) to either side of the Four Right Angles of the Apocalypse upon which The Logos is projected and Labelled.
      

This version is by the Master of Catherine of Cleves, 1438 

Loss of Light : Black Screen
] To Be ( Created in the Image of Darkness
Resurrection, reincarnation, resuscitation or reboot?


courtesy : mini-cine 
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19 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (4)

         
      
Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall

        
at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014
       
TAR unplanned Act : Cousin Paula arrives shortly after 6pm, expecting a public lecture. She gives to the TAR documentor a photo made by his Aunt Elva at Crusoe Reservoir, Kangaroo Flat, in the early 1960s.
   


TAR tableau vivant :  
"Boys. We're here. It's over. Come back."
        
On 'Hannah Gadsby's OZ' (ABC TV) last night, there was that same pose again. Aussies at war in Europe, 1915, looking back at us across time and water : "Boys. Come over here. You're wanted".
   
http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/1719020/poster-boys-come-over-here-you-re-wanted-australian-world-war-i-1915
poster : Museum of Victoria   
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16 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (3)

         
        
Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall

        
at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014
      
TAR impromptu Act : "Are we a part of it?"
      
TAR unprepared Actors : Sapna & Michael
  


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15 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (2)

              
Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall

at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)
6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014
      
Everyone's a star with TAR!
         

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12 March 2014

Theatre of the Actors of Regard at MELBOURNE NOW (1)

    
       
In principio erat Verbum
In the beginning was the Word 
- first words of Genesis

And the Word was made flesh

- John 1:14 

Logos 
Speaking Into Being 

HA HA
mis-Speaking Into Being
 
Human Being
Human Bean
Person Being
someone Being

sentient being
 
Verb
from the Latin verbum, meaning word
is a word (part of speech) that in syntax conveys
an action (look, listen, observe, behold, witness, regard, think, speak), an occurrence (happen, become) or a state of being (be, exist, stand).
- via Wikipedia 
    
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
with our thoughts we make the world.
- first words of The Dharmapada

someone verbs

         
someone acts

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Honoré Daumier, 1865
Devant le tableau de M. Manet
In front of the picture by Manet.
"Why the devil is this fat, red-faced woman in her nightdress called Olympia?"
"But my dear, perhaps that's the name of the black cat." 
          
someone looks at
    

Albert Guillaume, Le Frago (A Fragonard) circa.1900
     
the act of looking
          
Norman Rockwell, The Connoisseur, 1962  collection: FIAPCE

the act of regard
     
Looking at Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles, NGV 1974
photos by Fosterville Institute of Applied and Progressive Cultural Experience

the actor of regard
    



free pencil movement
Theatre of the Actors of Regard at
'Fred Williams : Infinite Horizons' retrospective, NGV_A 2012
      
      
UPDATE!
      
Theatre of the Actors of Regard at
    
MELBOURNE NOW
     
NGV_Australia
  
Friday 14 March 2014, 6-9pm
     
*professional, occasional and secret actors
   
to be observed by :
   
to be recorded by :
  
Peter Tyndall

    
                                                                
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10 March 2014

TAR - after Daruma

          
The Daruma Muralists,
a sub-set of Theatre of the Actors of Regard :

   

   

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08 March 2014

Transfield Latest Biennale Transferee

     

Biennale of Sydney facing uncertain future after severing ties with Transfield


"The Biennale of Sydney has announced it will sever ties with its founding partner Transfield, caving in to pressure from artists angered by the company's links to Australia's offshore detention centres.

The board of the Biennale of Sydney also announced on Friday that Luca Belgiorno-Nettis had resigned as chairman, less than two weeks before the event is scheduled to begin.

Mr Belgiorno-Nettis's resignation after 14 years and the severing of ties with Transfield represents a huge win for artists and refugee advocates and an embarrassing backdown for the Biennale board, which claimed the Biennale could not exist without Transfield and pledged its loyalty to the Belgiorno-Nettis family two weeks ago."  

Andrew Taylor
Sydney Morning Herald / The Age
Read full article here
     
Australia's Shame : the notorious Cockatoo Island Detention Centre just off the coast of Sydney (see: Biennale Pacific Solution) :
     

       
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06 March 2014

MATERIAL No. 4 published today ($3)

West Space announcement :
           

MATERIAL

16TH JAN 2014 – 18TH DEC 2014 · WEST SPACE · 
In 1998 in Sydney, John Nixon published a weekly one page magazine MATERIAL, commissioning 50 artists to create unique artworks to be placed centrally on an A4 page. Produced on pink photocopy paper in editions of 100, MATERIAL offered a snapshot of artistic activity at the time.
Some of the artists who participated in this first series include Rose Nolan, Mike Parr, Hany Armanious, Howard Arkley, Aleks Danko, Mikala Dwyer, Kathy Temin, Nike Savvas and DAMP.
MATERIAL operated as a lo-fi limited edition print run retailing at $2 each. This project evolved out of a previous one page magazine project John Nixon published in 1981 called ‘Pneumatic Drill’.
In 2014 West Space will publish a new fortnightly edition of MATERIAL using similar parameters as the first edition. This will be available from the West Space reading room from 30 January 2014. We’ve adapted the original masthead design with updated details, and will sell them in an edition of 100 for $3 each. (inflation over 16 years! – still cheaper than a cup of coffee).
If you would like to reserve a full 2014 set of 25 pages, contact WEST SPACE via email.
MATERIAL is co-edited by John Nixon and Danny Lacy.
MATERIAL No. 4 by Peter Tyndall will be launched tonight. Peter is the first artist to be represented across both the 1998 and 2014 series.


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