ten pages for contemplation, and for suggestions too
english language version 2007, not yet complete <
and of course many others
what do they contribute to us all as peoples of the modern world?
sharp wind, bare hill, hard to get shelter,
flooded ford, frozen lake,
man can stand on one stalk.
...the brief suggestive style of the early welsh poets reminds many readers of ... oriental poetic traditions, best known to us in the haiku forms.
(S T Knight writing in monograph number one of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Sydney University Press 1970, on the nature of early welsh poetry)
the form of this text came of a simple chance process:
after deciding that all ancient cultures (not just welsh) would be a good subject for this event, i took from my shelves a few books that related to it... then i decided to make a booklet of quotations or influences from randomly selected pages of these books...
...i was surprised and pleased to find the recurring theme of emptiness emerging from several of them, and i realised that widening of perception, and ability to tolerate apparent nothingness, is indeed a characteristic of ancient cultures, and that it is of great value to us now... so this led me to take very brief quotations - only one to three words for some of them... and to leave most of each page empty
...the words 'there's more to being welsh than speaking it' did not come from a book - they were spoken by someone...
The event was curated under the banner of the Free International University by Caroline Tisdall, then critic at the Guardian, and Timothy Emlyn Jones. Exhibitors involved Joseph Beuys, Mario and Merisa Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Tina Keane, Nigel Rolfe, John Chris Jones and Timothy Emlyn Jones.
...on 22 february 2007, in Cardiff, Timothy Emlyn Jones, Andrew Knight (of the Arts Council of Wales) and i discussed our memories of this event as part of a series of meetings organised by Heike Roms under the title what's welsh for performance?websites of the 1977 and 2007 events
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