Monday, February 24, 2020

Francis Transformer Chinatown Melbourne


Transformer

Pontianak

Francis

Peter

Francis starts his journey in Melbourne
With deep questions 
Deep human questions
Traveling in silence and adoration
At loss

The end keeps returning
Suddenly and unexpected
Through like-minded people 
Reinforced viewpoints
Extreme opinions

And he couldn't run
He was transfixed by technology

Not no longer a passive electrical device
Their digital eyes 
Their artificial intelligence

The enterprise grows 
Vision as a service











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Friday, February 7, 2020

Picture Poems 2020



Ned Darth Prowl poem

It is all in all
Allowing yourself
A change of identity
By not being normative 
By not playing your role

An emotional energy 
A discharge
Becoming decisive
Playing outside of the rules



Ned  Kelly's Library

A symbol of global power
A god-given shelter
Born from dominion  
An expression of capital imperialism  

The office and power 
The greatest dome
The greatest on earth
Divine and timeless
A heavenly command
Britain is first

Possession down under 
All as prisoner 
In the Queen’s Reading Room

The lucky country
Where the lawless frontier was brought under control

This now a heritage of Ned Kelly artifacts 
Collected and acquired 
His death mask
His armor 
His story
Made example of
Made Tasteful




From the imagination of virtuous Christians.
The splendor of all that was to become accumulated into this dispised legacy. 
From the beginning regret and guilt. 
Into a settler nation shackled by paranoia.

We claimed the superior use of land. 
To build our Colonial Georgian aesthetic.
And all that cringe that followed.

Oh this our lucky country.

Marvelous Melbourne.
Built by virtuous pioneer families.
Achievements made through sin, repentance and redemption.

It was our exclusive right.
To self fictionalize. 
To mask the inflicted horror.
To turn a blind eye.

Through Royal Charter, the settlers reigned down. 
With sheep.
And beef.
And homes.
And names.
And justice.

Until control was legislated and systemic racism standardized a socio-economic divide.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

JJFBbennett Soundcloud Music Playlist



JJFBbennett Music











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Friday, January 3, 2020

Ambitious Artist Ha Ha Ha video



At the age of 60, I thought life would be much easier to understand
In the '80s, I was painting art inspired by Fauvist, Cobra and Art Brut artists
I wanted my art to be raw, powerful and primitive
I was investigating our psychological and physical barriers as they failed to protect
I wanted to paint self entrapment where sickness and resistance hid any possibility of outwardly demonstrating wellness.

Back in ‘81
When
Times were fun
As a fine artist
With ambition in mind
I thought of life

It was so primitive
From the 1860s to 1950s
They were seemingly untreatable
They were feared
There was panic
Colonies within a colony

A prison for the sick
Of appalling living conditions
Enforcing social isolation
GRIM and SHAME

A wish in time
Investing in negative sentiment
Self-sealing
Theory
Evidence
Belief

Invested in negative sentiment
Fabric and Structure

Pressed on for living
I have the need to know
Fleeting and impulsive distrust

A self-deprecating joke
I murmur in delight of my loss
I just need a reason
Shelter with me
Angel of Death please pass us by
It’s not true that no one needs you anymore
It is the what that is driving my unhappiness
Embellished through enforced competition

Bless my soul
A self-deprecating joke

Wet and drenched
The edge is challenging me
So obedient to all worldly matters
Harbouring my safety 
I murmur in delight of my loss
For this lonely man rides again

You should be building me up
But your system keeps drags me back
I just need a reason
To sail away
In a dream

A nightmare is approaching
Shelter with me
I slam the door shut
Alert and quivering
Resilient and defiant in fear 
Whispering
Angel of Death please pass us by

It’s not true that no one needs you anymore
But, I just wish I was dead
My vastness of inadequacy
Your judgment is self-honourable
It is the what that is driving my unhappiness
Controlling the damage of my self-worth 
Embellished through enforced competition

The benefits to those who rule
The benefits for those who are ruled
Masters and the slaves
Civilized and savage
Modern and pre-modern

The civilizing mission of non-nations
Registration, surveillance, and control 

In sickness and health
The shaping of minds
A continuum of sickness
A continuum of violence











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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ulladulla Cut 2019




We only want to be provided clues 
No longer do we want our problems answered
From now on - dismantle and search
Under this contractual biosphere 
Knowing all of the hyped-up falsities
The everyday inference
My overvalued ideas 
Our failed continuum 


It was always out of reach
Barriers no matter how small 
Barrier no matter how thin
Have held me in sway

Cutthroat capitalism
Empires and colonies
Subjected new frontiers
Past crimes held beyond reproach


My car is making me fat
I no longer walk
These streets are devoid of humans
Nobody is noticing that everything is wrong
Until a barbarian walks by
Then cries of horror are heard


We come to catch a glimpse of the primitive
The pre-capitalist primitive 
The pre-Christian primitive
With the convenience of coffee and shops
Not quite the real thing
Commodification
Taking photos
Buying artifacts


The Ulladulla Gatekeeper
In tribute to Russell Drysdale
In the greatness of the Gatekeeper's Wife
The opposing force

Of our voice
Of the audience 
Retelling and redistributing
Not one but many thousand
Can you hear my echo


Botany Bay Social Primitive

Standing within a political junction
In the footsteps of mass transportation

For the public good
And the complicated machinery of engineering a coexisting place
Racist stereotypes used to justify colonial conquest
To establish our  newfound enlightenment
As a legitimate entity 
As settlers obscuring the travesty of invasion




The British went on and imposed
Their penal settlements
Through conflict and violence
The natives were systematically killed

Declarations were made
Martial law was established
The kingdom's territories became larger
The kingdom became more powerful
Leaving us with symbols of grace














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