Dark Writing: Geography, Performance, Design

Dark Writing: Geography, Performance, Design

Paperback Writing Past Colonialism (Paperback)

By (author) Paul Carter

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  • Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Honolulu, HI
  • ISBN 10: 0824833120
  • ISBN 13: 9780824833121
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 71 illustrations, 21 in colour, 4 maps
  • Sales rank: 291,742

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