i am nick carson. i’m an artist, researcher and community organiser living in melbourne, australia.
informed by an eclectic mix of work and study in the fields of art, music, history, political theory, architecture, transport, philosophy and a background in DIY music and activism, i seek to explore and analyse the relationships between culture, power, learning, privilege and other areas of interest, incorporating radical approaches found in critical theory, gender studies and the like, to imagine and develop strategies for improving the material conditions of underprivileged, marginalised and exploited peoples by simultaneously undermining and creating alternatives to exploitative power structures and systems of oppression. my work in these various roles is an explicit and unashamed quest for a materially better world.
as artist i curate participatory free improvisation events, practice free culture, perform in collaborative musical groups, record my own solo work in abstracted noise and sound art categorisations, and compose score for short films and video art. as researcher i produce written critical analyses of the above mentioned areas of interest through blogs, zines and social media, and pursue study in Fine Art at RMIT and courses at the Melbourne Free University. as community organiser i am regularly involved in practical facilitation and organisation within community campaigns around the environment, climate justice, democracy, gentrification and student/education issues, assisting with the organising of reading groups, creative events and radical conferences such as EduFactory, USyd, Sydney.
i have accepted invitations to guest lecture at the University of Melbourne and RMIT, and often facilitate workshops on practical free media, culture jamming and activism. i am currently involved in the Australian Student Environment Network, Class Action (an Australian student action network), Beyond Zero Emissions and broadcasting at 3CR Community Radio Melbourne.