The Atomic Book Digital Archive and Thesis
The Atomic Book is a digital archive I created which documents the visual, textual and sound works of Anthony Mannix - Australia's greatest Outsider Artist; though he goes by many other names: schizophrenic, explorer of the unconscious, locked up lunatic, displaced shaman, builder of psychotic cosmologies, architect of mental sculptures, anthropologist of altered perspectives, playboy of the garbage tin, binder of books, brut art-maker, madman.
Six years in the making the archive represents the only public record of the work of this prolific Australian art maker. Since 2013 The Atomic Book has been hosted by the University of Sydney as part of their Self-Taught and Outsider Art Research Collection: STOARC.
I have designed this archive as a referencing tool for my research into the work Mannix has been creating over the last 30 years; what he calls his Atomic Book - an anthropology of the Unconscious populated by many voices:
Rosey Spite, They, The Obstacle, small-radio, the Beast of the Unconscious, Mordrol – bloody dark fish, Christina Farsight, ageless horse of psychosis, Untuck, luminous lighthouse, Milestone, the Lotus, the Little Voice, ghosts of the eternal suicides, The Terror, The Tyger with No Eyes, The thin Ball-Bearing Man, The Giant Pink Fish, Gruesome, The Doctor, The Eggmen, The Honey-Eater and The Magnificent Oscillating Vision.
Collectively referred to as ‘appearances’ by Mannix, they are his friends, collaborators, lovers and enemies; they inhabit his unconscious, which he physically travels through; they populate his chaotic ‘speculative’ narratives, speak through him, are spoken, their cacophonous voices scoring the pages of his many artist-books.
Mannix has the last word and the first, my dissertation analysing his work a mere footnote, sratching the surface of his Cosmology into which I invite you to follow me.