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.


20 February 2017

Sisters of the Word


Two artist nuns of our interest, Otagaki Rengetsu
(1791-1875) and Corita Kent (1918-1986).

Both have had exhibitions of their artwork in Melbourne over the past decade : Rengetsu at the RMIT University Gallery in 2008, Black Robe, White Mist: Art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu and Corita Kent in Sister Corita's Summer of Love 
currently (until 26 March) at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University.


Portrait of Rengetsu, age 81, by Ueda Kokei

The chosen name Otagaki Rengetsu translates as Lotus Moon. The enlightenment progress of the beholder of the sake cup below 
(upturned) begins at the lotus roots in the mud and the darkness beneath the cup. From there upward, divided, the stems reach through the realm of words and other symbols to the surface of the light-beckoning water : beyond to the full open enso moon, enlightenment.



In the beginning, there was no set price for her pottery. People gave what they could. One day, a wealthy customer left quite a tidy sum of money in a payment envelope. (In Japan, money is presented in an envelope to be opened later.) When Rengetsu discovered how much he paid her, she became perturbed. If regular customers found out that Rengetsu’s pottery was valued at such a high price, they would feel compelled to offer more money so that they would not look cheap, the market price would rise, and her work would be less affordable. Thereafter, Rengetsu established a fixed price for her wares, the same cost for everyone.

- from The Rengetsu Circle

.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

I’m a printmaker... a very democratic form, since it enables me to produce a quantity of original art for those who cannot afford to purchase high-priced art.
 
- Corita Kent


Corita Kent, F is for food, 1964

Corita Kent, Phil and Dan , 1969 (brothers Philip and Daniel Berrigan were Catholic priests and anti-war activists)
  
Corita Kent, commission - ellsberg poster, 1972 (Daniel Ellsberg was the compiler of The Pentagon Papers - cf. Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning)


Sister Corita Kent examines a screen
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA
          
  
  

17 February 2017

I’m looking at two United States and one United States, and I like the one that both parties like. (Generation Whatever)


We listened last week to ABC.RN's Future Tense
about Business Corp(se) and their Theatre of the Cult of Happiness. 

Then, this week, to If They're Happy, I'm Happy/
The Art of the Deal routine from President Trump. 

Now, Pharrell Williams' 2014 pop hit 'Happy' reads retrospectively weirdly predictive :   

It might seem crazy what I am about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take a break
I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don't care, baby, by the way
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Speaking alongside Benjamin Netanyahu, US president appears to dismantle years of policy by saying he is looking at multiple options for peace

- The Guardian (15 Feb 2017)


Here come bad news, talking this and that (Yeah!)
Well, give me all you got, don't hold it back (Yeah!)
Well, I should probably warn ya, I'll be just fine (Yeah!)
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here's why...
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
     
"So, I’m looking at a two state and one state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I could live with either one. I thought for a while the two state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and if the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best."

- President Donald J Trump (15 Feb 2017)
      
(Happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy)
Bring me down… my love is too high…
(Happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy)
Bring me down, I said
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down…can't nothing…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… my love is too high…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down, I said


"We are seeing two different Americas right now."

- Jo Ingles, Ohio based journalist speaking on BBC Impact 17 Feb 2017 



Think (Black Flag)

- William Copley, 1967
  
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I'm happy)
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
[x2]
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… my love is too high…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down… can't nothing…
(Happy, happy, happy, happy)
Bring me down, I said

"What do we mean when we say 'the press' or 'the media'? That's a lot of outlets. That's a lot of people. And the politicians like to paint the media with a broad brush, but it ain't necessarily so. One odd thing about Trump's claims concerning Flynn and the media, is that Trump himself fired the man. He didn't have to. Flynn could be at his side today, or for the next four years, or whatever the duration of the Trump Presidency will be. So, the President has a certain talent : He's acting like some sort of bystander in the matter of Flynn, when the reason Flynn fell is that Trump, the President fired him."

Jay Nordlinger on 'Planet America' (17 Feb 2017)


TAR gallery guide in the role of The Bystander at The Judgement of Solomon by Peter Paul Rubens, Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
detail 
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something... 
         
LOGOS/HA HA
          
  
   

14 February 2017

'Coal' Morrison and The Taunters of TAR


Pleased as punch
the Minister returns to his pew

to, himself, behold the Holy Coal.
That went quite well, he thinks.
 


Hon. ScoMo with Coal and Parliamentary Papers
photo Mike Bowers / The Guardian  
Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
Ringing in his ears
the cheers of the COALition 
the jeers of the mob.
Perfect!
   
TAR : The Opposition front bench responds to the Sight of Coal :
Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen and Mark Butler. 
photo Alex Ellinghausen / Fairfax Press 

Somewhere in the Gallery
another bell sounds ...



 St. Stephen with Coal upon Book of Martyrs, after Jean Fouquet
 AAT/Agency of Alternative Truth  
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA

  
  

12 February 2017

campanoLOGOS/HA HA


the MUMA OSW show 
+
the ACT COALition panto 
______________________

=  the ringinginging of bells 

for instance, from 2008, another event at Monash Uni :

    

Paul Ramirez Jonas and a moment of regard from the conference Out of Bounds : Art, Faith & Religiosity held earlier this year at Monash University (Faculty of Art & Design). The object of Paul's attention derives from the keynote paper by Janine Antoni: When the Object Looks Back


Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
photo by FIAPCE 
 detail 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 
         
 LOGOS/HA HA
          
  
   

10 February 2017

TAR p|resents Das Lumpen Coalition


   COALition (Australia)
   The COALition, also known as the Liberal-National COALition,
   is a political alliance of centre-right liberal and conservative 

   parties, which has existed in Australian politics in various forms
   since 1923. (wikipedia) 
   Leader‎:Malcolm Turnbull
   Deputy Leader‎: Barnaby Joyce
   Treasurer: Scott Morrison
   Minister for Environment and Energy: Josh Frydenberg
   Minister for Revenue and Financial Services: Kelly O'Dwyer

   Minister for Social Services: Christian Porter

____________________________________________
   

   COALophobia 
   "There is no word for 'coalophobia' officially, but that is the 
   malady that afflicts those opposite (The Opposition). It is that 
   malady that is affecting the jobs in the towns and the industries 
   and, indeed, in this country because of the pathological, 
   ideological opposition to coal being an important part of our 
   sustainable and more certain energy future."
      - Scott Morrison, Treasurer

____________________________________________

When the Treasurer read and regarded yesterday's post about OSW...

  
Research image of a Sigillaria fossil,  
Museums Victoria Collection, #375, 2013.  
 photo: Open Spatial Workshop   
  
and grasped the politico-theatrical possibilities of HAND SPACE exposition ... 
                     

AAA_Art Archive Australia  
... he knew he had to act. 

____________________________________________
          
The Honourable Member then concealed upon his person a handsome piece of that ancient fossil fuel and stepped into the Question Time pit to await his moment there to show & share and in communion
bear witness to the crux of COALition.

    CO2 : in communion,
    Libs + Nats together
    In communion 
together,
    to hold and behold 
    COAL coal

Cometh the moment, cometh the COALman*. Dorothy delivers her dixer and The Treasurer moves to the despatch box with [ beneath a cover 
of white paper, mystical, black, energetic, diamond-to-be...

Hansard records the script : 

Mr MORRISON (Cook—Treasurer) (14:28): "This is coal. Do not be afraid. Do not be scared. It will not hurt you."


 The Treasurer shows the COAL to the Opposition
Theatre of the Actors of Regard / HAND SPACE  
photo ABC | Nick Haggerty  

THE SPEAKER: "The Treasurer knows the rule on props." 

The Treasurer then turns to his COALition fellows and presents the COAL to them.
   
 SHOCK & ORE : Barnaby Joyce beholds the COAL
Theatre of the Actors of Regard | HAND SPACE  
photo Kym Smith | AAP  
          
Mr MORRISON: "It is coal. It was dug up by men and women who work and live in the electorates of those who sit opposite—from the Hunter Valley, as the member for Hunter would know. 
  
Treasurer Morrison continues his sermon as the COALition faithful pass the sacramental matter from one to the next. Along the Ministers of the front bench, then to those in the ranks behind.
  
  
Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg   
formerly dubbed 'Mr Coal'   
was last year upgraded to 'Minister for Coal'   

  
   
Mr MORRISON (continues) : "It is coal that has ensured for over 100 years that Australia has enjoyed an energy-competitive advantage that has delivered prosperity to Australian businesses and has ensured that Australian industry has been able to remain competitive in a global market.

  
             Backbench : Women of COALition share the joy. 
             One by one...  
Theatre of the Actors of Regard | HAND SPACE               
photo ABC | Nick Haggerty               

Those opposite have an ideological, pathological fear of coal. There is no word for 'coalophobia' officially, but that is the malady that afflicts those opposite.
             Backbench : Women of COALition share the joy. 
             Two by two...  
Theatre of the Actors of Regard | HAND SPACE               
photo ABC | Nick Haggerty                

It is that malady that is affecting the jobs in the towns and the industries and, indeed, in this country because of the pathological, ideological opposition to coal being an important part of our sustainable and more certain energy future.

Affordable energy is what Australian businesses need to remain competit-ive. They cannot fizzle out in the dark as those opposite would have them do...
 
Below, Minister Kelly O'Dwyer, who is with-child, is proffered the Gift of Coal by the well-named Logos Bearer, the would-be fourth member of the Magi, Christian PorterMinister for Social Services : 

              Behold ye this offering
                  to the generation unborn,
              Receive ye this gift
                  for the future of all kind.

              "It is coal.
                  Do not be afraid.
              Do not be scared.
                  It will not hurt you."

   
Theatre of the Actors of Regard | HAND SPACE                
photo Alex Ellinghausen | AFR                
         detail 
         A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
         someone looks at something... 
         
         LOGOS/HA HA
          
  
  

09 February 2017

OPEN SPATIAL WORKSHOP (OSW) : CONVERGING IN TIME

   
Opening celebrations, Saturday 11 February
Open Spatial Workshop in conversation with Matt Poll, 2-3pm
Official opening, 3-5pm

With opening remarks by Professor Lynette Russell, Director, Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Studies Centre.

MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time. This will be the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA's much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia's most exciting and innovative mid-career artists.

Converging in time continues OSW's sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the relationship between the mineral make-up of a site and the societies they produce and sustain.

Open Spatial Workshop (OSW) 
in conversation with Matt Poll, 2-3pm

Preceding the opening event, join us for an in conversation between Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell (OSW) and Matt Poll (curator, Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney), who will discuss different ways of relating to earth: as material, as form, as geology, as territory, as history, as Country. Together they will explore the various ways that knowledge systems shape an engagement with localities, acknowledging the complexity of an ethical engagement with material histories.

  
Image : Research image of a Sigillaria fossil,  
Museums Victoria Collection, #375, 2013.  
 photo: Open Spatial Workshop   
  
.  .  .  .    
                     


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

07 February 2017

MoMA Installs Works by Artists from Countries Targeted by Trump’s Travel Ban


headline and article (3 Feb 2017) from HYPERALLERGIC :

In an unprecedented gesture, the museum has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from Muslim-majority nations named in Trump’s executive order.


Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
Installation view of the collection galleries at Museum of Modern

Art, New York, after this week’s rehang (photo Robert Gerhardt)
 
In response to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from the targeted nations. Though it might sound small, the rehang is an unprecedented gesture in the museum’s history, instigated and executed by staff who wanted to react to unsettling political circumstances.

Organized by a group of curators across a number of departments, the reinstallation occurred last night on the fifth floor, following an initial discussion two days after Trump issued the order on January 27.

read full article HERE


 Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
 Parviz Tanavoli, “The Prophet” (1964) photo Robert Gerhardt

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

 LOGOS/HA HA 
    
   
   

06 February 2017

Leader of the Opposition (continued)



click image to enlarge   
 Pavel Pepperstein, Untitled 
 (Oh, here is this fucking yellow triangle again!) 

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

 LOGOS/HA HA

 Theatre of the Actors of Regard [Yellow) 
   
   
   

05 February 2017

Wisdom in the Age of Rage

  
At the centre of Tibetan Buddhism's Wheel of Life diagram, a snake a pig and a rooster hold to each other. They represent ignorance, anger and desire attachment as the causes at the core of our unsettled suffering.

    
click image to see full Wheel of Life diagram    

1. Anger is of most concern among the afflictive emotions. In all the writing and discussion read and heard by this correspondent, in the analysis the diagnosis and the seeking for a way beyond these Trump-focussed troubles, there has been no questioning of the appropriateness of anger in the mix. We regard this as blinkered and unwise.
Righteous anger is typically a reactive emotion of anger over mistreatment, insult, or malice. It is akin to what is called the sense of injustice. 
Righteous indignation - Wikipedia

book by Panjak Mishra, first published 25 January 2017  

 Jan 15
For many years our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!

It /we will not change if not attended to at the root.

2. Ignorance in this schema is further described as ignorance of the true nature of reality. Without here going into a presentation of that view, how is the present climate of our knowledge of the true nature of reality? ...in this so-called "post-truth" (Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year) age? 
Gnosis is the common Greek noun for knowledge (γνῶσις, gnôsis, f.). It is often used for personal knowledge compared with intellectual knowledge (εἶδειν eídein), as with the French connaitre compared with savoir, or the German kennen rather than wissen.    Latin dropped the initial g (which was preserved in Greek) so gno- becomes no- as in noscō meaning "I know", noscentia meaning "knowledge" and notus meaning "known". The g remains in the Latin co-gni-tio meaning "knowledge" and i-gno-tus and i-gna-rus meaning "unknown" and from which comes the word i-gno-rant, and a-gno-stic which means "not knowing" and once again this reflects the Sanskrit jna which means "to know", "to perceive" or "to understand". 
Gnosis - Wikipedia
Post-truth politics (also called post-factual politics) is a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored. 
Post-truth politics - Wikipedia
Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.
       The neologism was coined by Robert N. Proctor and Linguist Iain Boal, a Stanford University professor specializing in the history of science and technology. Its name derives from the Neoclassical Greek word ἄγνωσις, agnōsis, "not knowing" (cf. Attic Greek ἄγνωτος "unknown"), and -λογία, -logia. 
More generally, the term also highlights the increasingly common condition where more knowledge of a subject leaves one more uncertain than before. David Dunning is another academic who studies the spread of ignorance. "Dunning warns that the internet is helping propagate ignorance – it is a place where everyone has a chance to be their own expert, he says, which makes them prey for powerful interests wishing to deliberately spread ignorance". 
Agnotology - Wikipedia
Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans - FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists. Probably..
released by "Intelligence" even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!

Jesus : "The truth shall set you free" 

Pilate :
"What is truth?"

Trump : "I am your voice"

3. Desire attachment fuels the American Dream and all such dream machines. Every generation of snake oil salesmen sells anew Fear of Loss and the Prospect of Redemption : Paradise Lost and Make America Great Again. We the people : angry, ignorant and would-be/dispossessed project to reflect to elect to follow to reject again the next available suitably framed mirror...



 from 2014 exhibition 'Debris of the Future' by Pavel Pepperstein

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

 LOGOS/HA HA 
    
   
Postscript : 9 February 2017, in today's New York Review of Books, The Age of Total Lies by Vesna Pešić and Charles Simic. And, via that, the March 2012 article Age of Ignorance by Charles Simic.