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Carter, Paul

Visiting Fellows


Paul Carter is Professor of Design (urbanism), School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University, Melbourne.Born in the UK and educated at Oxford, Paul Carter has held professorial research positions in Australia since 1992. His research explores the mythopoetic mechanisms available to societies pursuing societal and environmental decolonization. His books include The Road to Botany Bay, an essay in spatial history; Material Thinking, the theory and practice of creative research; Dark Writing, geography, performance, design and Meeting Place: the human encounter and the challenge of coexistence. His forthcoming titles are: Decolonising Governance: Archipelagic Thinking (Routledge) and Amplifications: poetic migration, auditory memory (Bloomsbury). Practice-based research complements his cultural writing: he has a distinguished career in radiophonic composition and public art. His public art practice focuses on the role of design in the dramaturgy of public space, and examines the relationship between storytelling and place-making. His design studio, “Material Thinking”, recently delivered a major, seven-part sculptural installation, ‘Passenger,’ for the newly-opened civic space, Yagan Square (Perth, Australia). Other high profile commissions have included Nearamnew (Federation Square, Melbourne) and Relay (Sydney 2000 Olympics).Paul Carter’s intellectual formation has deep roots in Italian culture. In 1998 his novel Memorie barocche (English, Baroque Memories) was published by Argo editrice (Lecce). His 2013 poetry collection Ecstacies and Elegies includes a sequence inspired by the music of Domenico Scarlatti. In The Lie of the Land, he compared the Venetian art of macchiare and the technique of artists of the Papunya Tula Painting Movement (1971-). His forthcoming chapter, ‘Emergency Languages: echoes of Columbus in discourses of precarity,’ Migration and the Contemporary Mediterranean. Shifting cultures in 21st-century Europe, (ed. C. Gualtieri, Peter Lang) reflects on his association with the programming of the Acquario di Genova.His current research, “The Future of Memory”, develops themes defined in Italy, then brought into dialogue with the phenomenon of culture loss and renewal in migration. In 2019 he plans a series of incontri inspired by “La Tomba del Tuffatore” (Paestum), whose object is the reorientation of the humanities (the arts of interpretation) to the challenge of articulating a contemporary ethics.

From: Mar 01, 2019 To: Mar 31, 2019

Structure School of Architecture and Design/Design Research Institute, RMIT (Professor of Design (Urbanism))

RMIT University, Melbourne