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Dark WritingGeography, Performance, Design$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832469

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832469.001.0001

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Trace: A Running Commentary on Relay

Trace: A Running Commentary on Relay

(p.203) Chapter 7 Trace: A Running Commentary on Relay
Dark Writing

Paul Carter

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Relay, a text-based artwork created for the Sydney Olympics. The composition of Relay and the distribution of its elements across a large terraced site put back into a landscape design the performative potential that its linearist conception had eliminated. It created the conditions of an informal choreography. Concealed inside what the poetic texts said, though, was another cryptic communication—a dark writing inside the light. In this way, remembering and forgetting were intertwined, the immortal and the ephemeral. A way was found to inscribe jointly a movement of limbs and a movement of mind. The chapter then explores the question of what kind of history can be written about the instants—those fleeting moments of supreme movement—that form the content of sport.

Keywords:   Relay, Sydney Olympics, informal choreography, text-based artwork, dark writing, sport

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