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Alex Selenitsch
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Alex Selenitsch is a Melbourne-based architect and poet. He was born in Germany in 1946 and arrived in Australia as a displaced person with his parents in 1949. Australian English is his third language. Except for a year or so travelling in America and Europe in the mid 1970s, he has always lived in southern Victoria.

His formal training is in architecture and apart from some brief stays in the corporate world, has always worked as a sole practitioner. He has been teaching in architecture and art schools since the 1970s and is currently a senior lecturer in architecture at the University of Melbourne. His visual poems, books and sculptures have been widely exhibited since 1969.

Over the last decade, he has begun a series of collaborative works in architecture and in artist's books, and has become increasingly more and more interested in translations across different languages and media. Works in progress include a translation of Dante's Purgatorio into "Australian conditions", some fictional landscape designs based on classical Chinese Garden principles, and a series of books, texts and sculptures under the general title of "Rivers of Light" which explore texts that can be read in many directions at once. Paul Carter once observed in conversation that the artist works through "a mysticism or rather, a skepticism which produces errant effects".
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