Dark Writing

Dark Writing : Geography, Performance, Design

By (author) Paul Carter


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We do not see empty figures and outlines; we do not move in straight lines. Everywhere we are surrounded by dapple; the geometry of our embodied lives is curviform, meandering, bi-pedal. Our personal worlds are timed, inter-positional, and contingent. But nowhere in the language of cartography and design do these ordinary experiences appear. This, "Dark Writing" argues, is a serious omission because they are designs on the world: architects and colonizers use their lines to construct the places where we will live. How can we explain the omission of bodies from maps and plans?

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • 15 Dec 2008
  • University of Hawai'i Press
  • Honolulu, HI
  • English
  • New.
  • 71 illustrations, 21 in colour, 4 maps
  • 0824833120
  • 9780824833121
  • 300,975

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Paul Carter is professorial fellow of architecture, building, and planning at the University of Melbourne.

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