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.

05 December 2016

Strange Regard

Xenophon : Strange Voice
from Greek ξενος (xenos) "foreign, strange"
and φωνη (phone) "voice"

LOGOS/HA HA : Strange Voice
from Greek Logos λόγος, from λέγω lego "I say" 
("Word of God; speaking into being")
from Cheek(s) HA HA : laughter, farts, unsound dis-eruptions

"Osibisa : criss-cross rhythms that explode 
with happiness"
from The Dawn (tk. 1), 'Osibisa (1971) by Osibisa

This recent Nick Xenophon TAR tableau appears to us so hilariously fulsome ] like that bowl of golden arsehole enso ( that to give the lead-up might constrain the chain reaction... 
Nick Xenophon / Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

04 December 2016

Playing At Giants

The metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants (Latin: nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) expresses the meaning of "discovering truth by building on previous discoveries".[1] This concept has been traced to the 12th century, attributed to Bernard of Chartres.

Its most familiar expression in English is by Isaac Newton in 1676:
"If I have seen further, 
  it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."[2] 

Below, the blind giant Orion carries his servant Cedalion on his shoulders to serve as the giant's eye.
                                                                    - Wikipedia
Playing At Giants :
a beautiful old favourite by Master Goya 

Francisco Goya, Jugando en el Giants/Playing at Giants (c.1792)
An Antipodean View 
Mike Parr

Mike Parr, The College of Cardinals (2005)

A Yankee at the Court of TAR 
after FIAPCE
after Luis Jacob
after Davies & Co. (Melb.)
          ] after whom, Houdini (
after The American Frikell
after Washington Simmons
after Dr H. S. Lynn
after Wiljalba Frikell
after Mark Twain

Theatre of the Actors of Regard featuring Luis Jacob's 'Sphinx'  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

02 December 2016

Theatre of the Actors of Regard : Announcement

Dr. H. S. Lynn, magician, to appear in Melbourne as Washington Simmons' The American Frikell

Dr Lynn to be assisted by Sphinx (Luis Jacob)

True photograph by Davies & Co. (Melbourne) 
& FIAPCE (International). 

Original performance, un-assisted  
courtesy State Library of Victoria, Melbourne  
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Taxonomy of selected detail(s) : see below
Collection : State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
Title : [Dr. H. S. Lynn, magician] [picture]
Author/Creator : Davies & Co. (Melbourne, Vic.), photographer.
Notes : Portrait in 'Old and new magic' by Henry Ridgely Evans (ALMAC 793.8 EV1O), also a file on him as 'Dr. Lynn' in Alma Conjuring Collection.
Notes : Dr. Hugh S. Lynn (John Wesley Simmons Lynn), born (ca. 1835-1899) in Bristol England. Lynn was an ex sailor turned magician who visited Australia (as "Washington Simmons") in Jan-May 1863 appearing as "The American Frikell". He travelled to China and the USA where he obtained a medical degree in Boston. His main claim to fame was as the first Western magician to go into Japan, and as the man who inspired Houdini to go into magic.
Notes : H88.50/5 in 'Role Play', National Gallery of Victoria, October 2007 - April 2008.
Subjects : Lynn, H. S., 1835?-1899.
Subjects: Magicians.
Subjects: H. S. Lynn; magicians; British; United States; Washington Simmons
Date created : [ca. 1855 - ca. 1882]
Series/Collection : Theatre portraits collection.
Terms of use : No copyright restrictions apply.
Copyright status : This work is out of copyright
SLV Source ID : 1786918
SLV Accession : H88.50/5
SLV Accession : H88.50/6
Type : Still Image
Type : Portrait photographs.
Type : Albumen prints.
Type : Cartes de visite.
Description : 2 photographs :
SLV Filename(s) : mp014344:1991608
Update Match Field : 1786918

 Theatre of the Actors of Regard featuring Luis Jacob's 'Sphinx'  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

30 November 2016


AAANZ 2016 Conference

The Work of Art

School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra

1-3 December 2016

 detail : A Person Looks At A Work of Art/someone looks at 
 something… 1987 (Fosterville Institute of Applied & Progressive
 Cultural Experience) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 
 Australian Print Workshop Archive 2. purchased with the 
 assistance of the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2002

The 2016 conference will be held at the School of Art at the Australian National University, Canberra from Thursday, December 1 to Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9-5 pm.
The AAANZ 2016 Conference Committee are pleased to announce an exciting timetable of events for the annual conference.
Thursday December 1 is the dedicated Postgraduate Student Day to which all conference registrants are warmly invited to attend.
On Thursday December 1 at 6pm Dr Melissa Chiu will be presenting the first keynote at the James O’Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia. Dr Chiu is Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.
On Friday December 2 at 9am Professor Anthea Callen will present the second keynote at the Australian National University. Professor Callen is Emeritus of the Australian National University, Canberra, and Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, University of Nottingham, UK. Her new book is entitled The Work of Art: Plein Air Painting and Artistic Identity in Nineteenth-Century France.
Conference Registration closes 21st November, 2016.
On Friday December 2 from 5.30- 7.30 pm the AAANZ 2016 Conference Committee and National Portrait Gallery will be hosting a ‘party’ at the National Portrait Gallery. This is a ticketed event and numbers are limited. All conference participants are eligible to purchase a ticket for themselves, and up to one invited guest, at a cost of $25 per person. This event includes entry to the current exhibition The Popular Pet show. To purchase a ticket to this event please note that you must use a credit card via the ANU online portal system, no invoices will be generated. NPG Party Registration  is available until 24 November or unless tickets sell out earlier.
While there are no accommodation partners for AAANZ 2016, information about a range of accommodation in Canberra is available on the registration page.
The Call for Sessions and Call for Papers has closed. Call for Postgraduate Student Day participation and applications for Student Bursaries has closed.
AAANZ annual conferences present opportunities to re-examine art history, art theory and studio practice and generate innovative perspectives on histories and cultural traditions. For this conference, based around the theme ‘The Work of Art’, we invite discussion on how works of art, craft, design and architecture operate and are operated on in different ways and contexts, historically, socially, politically, aesthetically and affectively. Given the location for the conference in Australia’s national capital with its concentration of national cultural institutions we would also welcome sessions on how art is made to work in institutional contexts.
Panel sessions might consider issues such as:
  • The function of art in broad social terms
  • The ways in which art “works upon” its viewers (its affect)
  • The practice of art and the various processes of creation
  • Art in which labour or work is the subject
  • The changing character of work and its impacts on art
  • The economic frameworks of art production and development of different ways of working
  • The singular work of art as a subject for close reading
  • Curatorial processes and other interventions that make art work
We welcome proposals for panels from scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and professionals in the field whose work focuses on art, design and architecture. Conference sessions are timetabled for three 20 minute papers plus 10 minute questions, totalling 90 minutes. We also invite alternative formats, such as round table or open discussions providing that they can be accommodated by the timetable structure.
Conference sessions will be held at the Australian National University with evening events at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

Conference committee

Professor Helen Ennis, Mr Peter Alwast, Dr Christopher McAuliffe, 
Dr Ursula Frederick, Dr Sarah Scott and Dr Robert Wellington -
School of Art at Australia National University.
Dr Shaune Lakin, National Gallery of Australia
Dr Anthea Gunn, Australian War Memorial
Dr Christopher Chapman, National Portrait Gallery.
Head of the conference committee: Professor Helen Ennis
Conference coordinator: Dr Ursula Frederick
Assistant conference coordinator: Mr Alex Burchmore
Postgraduate student day coordinator: Dr Sarah Scott


Please address correspondence to : conf@aaanz.info

AAA_Art Archive Australia   
  A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
  someone looks at something... 

27 November 2016


Another postcard recently received. From P&S at Spare Room 33
On the picture side, a circle amid rectangle(s), the West Australian artist Howard Taylor's Day time moon (1997). Plus, a bonus Australia Post orange banding P.O.em

On the verso, Peter quotes Howard Taylor :

The day before this THIS LOOKING THING moon pointer arrived we posted here an image of ("Bring me...) the sculpted behead of Paul Signac on a Block, as Daruma Muralist, as circle and square, as rounded and rect....

Bust of Paul Signac (1863-1935), 1935 
by Jan and Joël Martel (Nantes 1896 – 1966 Paris)

At the same time, we encountered this article at Hyperallergic:

At the Montreal Biennial, Lessons in How to Look

Across the city, many works by the 55 artists participating in the 2016 Biennale Montréal deal with the possibilities, limitations, and consequences of spectacle and spectatorship.

Luis Jacob's high pedestalled headless HAND SPACE guillotine-gazer abregardist hugely tickled our fancy. Paricularly, when combined with the reverso bust of Paul Signac.

All just too ]----(plosively funny for words. lots of lollies!

  Luis Jacob, “Sphinx” (2015)               Theatre of the Actors of Regard
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

24 November 2016

Battle of the Banzz

The winner of this week to go up against Blue Tongue Brown...

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

22 November 2016


ekphrasis : a poem in response to a work of art

collection : FIAPCE  
We don't know the name(s) of the painter-poet(s) of this ethereal silk and paper Japanese scroll. The image is a well established genre scene of sky, moon and wild geese in flight.

The great painter-poet Yosa Buson (1716-1783) wrote of such:
ikkou no kari ya hayama ni tsuki o in su 
Calligraphy of geese
against the sky --
the moon seals it. 
- translation by Robert Haas

ekphrHaHasis : a poem of laughter in response to a projection-space as work of art

The minor drawer-poet 'Bonza View' on the Wild Geese of TAR :
This ghostly line,
in passing  --
- translation by FIAPCE

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

20 November 2016


A special pleasure shared by artists is an ease of giving and receiving. 

Here, such things are often delivered by Postman Nick, himself an artist and leaver of fruit from his trees, sometimes a drawing, or a letter, a photo... Recently, he delivered this unexpected handmade postcard sent several weeks before the TRUMP ascendency, postmarked Briefzentrum 12 (Berlin-South Postal Distribution Center) and stamped with a yellow TRUMPet on white surrounds - Narcissus.

From whom, by whom? By an obviously skilled hand, it declares itself a DANIUS postcard. Is it from International Melbourne Man of Action Danius K of Slave Pianos and Punkasila ...?

It is. Commissioned by him, the unfamiliar skilled calligrapher, drawer, colourist and image maker is a young Mexican artist-clown who lives in Berlin, Ernesto Lucas. (Hello Ernesto. Thank you!)

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 

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

Goodbye cruel world, we're off to join the Circus

 Gambas Circus, Berlin. Ernesto Lucas and Camille Phelep with
 members of Junior TAR


17 November 2016

Dear Masato, all at once

Dear Masato, all at once
(get a life, the only thing that cuts across the species is death)

— a play and exhibition by Lisa Radford
in collaboration with Northern Theatre Company
Saturday : 19 November, 12–6pm
Saturday : 10 December, 12–6 pm.

A beginning, middle and an end, but in no particular order.

Presented across the entire
West Space gallery, this project is part of West Space’s annual commission series, which invests in a local artist to create a new body of work. Dear Masato is the second iteration of the series, following Dead Still Standing by Lou Hubbard in 2015.

Read more about the project »
An interview w/ Lisa Radford and Teresa Noble on Smart Arts (Triple R) »

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

16 November 2016

Let us compare mythoLOGOS/HA HA


Let Us Compare Mythologies, 1st edition front cover 
Leonard Cohen, first book of poems, publ. Contact Press (1956)
drawing by Freda Guttman

Let Us Compare Mythologies, Ecco Press facsimile (2007)
Let us compare the first edition with the facsimile

Amazon Human Scale Model / TAR / HAND SPACE
Let us compare an AHSM to a horizontal and vertical dimension

Let us regard a Let Us Compare Mythologies flier (1956)
Leonard Cohen / Theatre of the Actors of Regard (1996)

Let us compare Acts of Regard
Billy Block / Theatre of the Actors of Regard (1952)

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