Rewind: Peter Tyndall—DAGGER DEFINITIONS

"Unsheathe your dagger definitions. Horseness is the whatness of allhorse." From James Joyce's ‘Ulysses’, an account of one person in one place on one day, 16 June 1904, published 2 February 1922. 

Peter Tyndall : DAGGER DEFINITIONS : selected works -1952-1987-
: dates and diversions galore, before and after everything.

A four venues tour, no less:
ACCA, Melbourne, – 7 Aug – 13 Sept 1987-
Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, – 18 Sep – 11 Oct 1987 –
Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sydney, – 28 Oct – 5 Dec 1987 –
Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, – 19 Dec 1987 – 22 Jan 1988 –

Fifty works were listed on the back of the DAGGER DEFINITIONS poster. Fifty times the same Title, some with a sub-Title.
No.50, for example :
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something …

(History of Art)

Shout outs to John Buckley, the first ACCA director – we went together to Sally Milner at Greenhouse Publications (Melb) who agreed to publish a DAGGER DEFINITIONS monograph. To Pam Hansford who wrote the text and Ian Robertson who designed the book and poster. To Richard Perram, by opening night the second ACCA director, and Daniel Thomas who launched the show. To Robert Rooney for his thoughtful review. To my partner Christine Stokes for her always wise advice. To the many who made it happen at each venue.

That was then, this is now. LONG LIVE ACCA!


text by Peter Tyndall

Peter Tyndall : DAGGER DEFINITIONS : selected works -1952-1987-
was held at ACCA from 7 August – 13 September 1987, and toured to Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.