Living in a new country is a contemporary condition. We are all migrants even if we stay at home. But migration is not only a cultural and historical fact - it also represents a poetic attitude, a willingness to improvise new cultural forms. In this collection of essays, Paul Carter moves from European ways of travelling Australia to the elaboration of a contemporary performance practice, to show how our deeply-ingrained tendency to visualize knowledge has led us to ignore the historically important, but invisible, dimensions of speech and sound. Revealing what he describes as the "dialogical space", opened up whenever different cultures come into contact and attempt to speak to one another, the author shows how a more perceptually-attuned history can lead to a "migrant aesthetic" both environmentally friendly and spiritually liberating.