Writing the Square: Paul Carter's Nearamnew and the Art of Federation

Jennifer Rutherford


Abstract

Visiting Australia for "The Year Of the Built Environment City Talk" Beatriz Colomina said of Federation Square" It wears crazy-paving clothing all over it. What is it saying?" In this paper I focus on some of that "crazy paving", Paul Carter’s artwork Nearamnew, a work that marks the ground of Federation Square as a site of historical, social and political negotiation. Nearamnew, I argue, is a strangely joyous promise of a different kind of locality and a different way of thinking, writing and speaking into the impasses of Australian place.

Keywords

space, Federation, Paul Carter, discourse, memory, post-colonialism

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