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Topologies of coexistence
Paul Carter

quarry and in contrast with the butterfly-wing mirror symmetries of baroque wall tiling there was no aesthetic gain derived from displaying the two faces of cut stone adjacently. And, although I had in mind a relationship between the turbulent figure mosaicked in the global whorl pattern and the turba of the crowd, the stone did little more than provide the pigment of the design. At 180 Ann Street we wanted to respect the internal construction of the quarried stone; we stipulated that the 400 tiles (600 × 300 × 20 mm in dimension) should be cut from a single block

in Translations, an autoethnography
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Parables of return
Paul Carter

blocks of another (unpublished) book project called ‘Enclosure Acts’. This was an unsolicited attack on autobiography and its premiss that the self could be reliably derived from a combination of parentage, place and cultural circumstance. Looking back, I was familiarising myself with historians, theorists of culture and philosophers that in my wandering years had passed me by. Yet the thesis, that the sources of the autobiographical narrative were empty cuirasses enclosing the creative spirit, inhibiting free metamorphosis and butterfly emergence, scarcely concealed

in Translations, an autoethnography