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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Photo from Construire Autrement. Actes Sud, 2006. This is not the first time that I write an article about the remarkable creative process that Patrick Bouchain and his office Construire have been undertaking for many years now. I even fear not to write anything different from the last post about an interview he gave to Micropolitiques (see previous article). However, I think that it is useful to re-insist on the importance that… Read More

The Funambulist’s readers would have probably noticed that I like series articles which brings a specific interest within the frame of a larger research. I am therefore particularly sensitive to the Mixtape series published by Domus and curated by Daniel Perlin. This collection of sound and music, mixed by talented djs and artists, proposes an audio interpretation of a given city. Some attempts to catch the global atmosphere of a city (like… Read More

The Palestinian Archipelago: Salfit (drawn by the author) I recently had the chance to write a short article for the Mexican magazine Arquine which was dedicating its last dossier to the topic of displacements. I therefore wrote a text about the metaphorical archipelago created by the fragmentation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in a multitude of islands which makes the Palestinian sovereignty applicable on only a small part of its… Read More

Excerpt from Le Processus by Marc-Antoine Mathieu (Delcourt 1993) Following the three last articles in which I was preparing my reference texts in addition of those that I have been already writing in the past, this following article is an attempt to reconstitute the small presentation I was kindly invited to give by Carla Leitão for her seminar about libraries and archives at Pratt Institute. This talk was trying to elaborate a… Read More

(1) Excerpt from Le Processus by Marc-Antoine Mathieu (Delcourt 1993) This article is the last one in order to list and archive my references for the talk I gave this morning about the book as an object (see the recent posts about Borges and Bradbury). Once again, the universe(s) invented and drawn by Marc-Antoine Mathieu in his graphic novels fascinate me enough to write another article about them. This time, two stories,… Read More

Still from the film Fahrenheit 451 by Francois Truffaut I resume my short literary series of references texts whose object within the narrative (and therefore within the book) is precisely the book as an object.  I will eventually articulate them together in a forthcoming article. After Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Sand (see previous post), today is the turn of Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury in 1953 and then adapted for… Read More

Elave: Nothing to hide commercial 2007 © Images & sounds After Ethel Baraona Pohl and Cesar Reyes in August 2011, today’s guest writers are also talented bloggers, Mariabruna Fabrizi & Fosco Lucarelli, Italian architects practicing in Paris. Their blog, Socks Studio, is fed almost everyday with plethora of inspiring documents among which, some of them (here and here) were the object of my articles. Their essay, Nothing to hide. The blurring of… Read More

Walled States, Waning Sovereignty is a recent very interesting book (2010) written by Professor Wendy Brown and published at the excellent Zone Books. As the book’s title implies, the author starts her thesis by the assessment that the various walls that materializes some of the borders of the world (Mexico-USA, Morocco-Spain, Bangladesh-India, Pakistan-India, Iraq-Saudi Arabia and to a certain extent, the Palestinian occupied territories and Israel) are the result of decreasing territorial… Read More

I recently gathered few texts from my literature classics (Kafka, Borges, Bradbury, Orwell, Philip K. Dick etc.) for an upcoming short intervention in Carla Leitão’s seminar at Pratt. I will probably transcript it here once I will have presented it, but until then, I can already share some of those excerpts or short stories. The first one of this series consists in the short story Libro de Arena (The Book of Sand) written… Read More

Extracted from The Insurgent Barricade (University of California Press, 2010.) Few weeks ago, I eventually finished the (long) paper I was referring to in an article about barricades in January (see also a more recent one about the book The Insurgent Barricade). This paper will be published this summer, but until then I can continue to disseminate some references that helped me to write it. For the last few years, I have… Read More

My friend Lucy Finchett-Maddock (see her essay as a guest writer), along with Nathan Moore, is organizing a symposium in Birbeck College’s School of Law dedicated to the literary work of William Burroughs as approached by legal theory. This event will occur on April 25 and is beautifully entitled Burroughs Calls the Law:  Nova Law, Interzone, Control. Lucy develops indeed a similar attitude to legal theory than what this blog is trying… Read More

Electronic Counter-Measures (2011) by Liam Young Many of us are afraid of the development of drone technology in the army which regularly allows the US and Israeli Army to assassinate people without having to deploy a single man on a foreign territory. It is now well known that  during the last ten years, the limits between Western police services and armies have increasingly became blurry both in the methods and in the equipment,… Read More

Excerpt from Bilal, Enki. 32 Décembre. Paris: Les Humanoïdes Associés, 2002. – And that, what is it? What are we walking on? – Canvas. White canvas… The walls and the ceiling are covered with it – It’s very nice – Nike, I would like to introduce you to my friend Milorad Zivokovic The Beast Trilogy (The Dormant Beast, December 32nd & Rendezvous in Paris), graphic novels written and drawn by Enki Bilal… Read More

Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam by Carl Boese & Paul Wegener (1920) A short article today, in order to link four narratives (coming from science fiction or not) which shares a common link in which they express the power of the word or/and the sound. The first one is the myth of the Golem (which much later inspired Mary Shelley to write her Frankenstein), this creature who, from a… Read More

Analogue Mosque by Michael Badu A few weeks ago, as a part of a comment to my open-letter to Patrik Schumacher, British architect Michael Badu concluded with the following description: right now I’m largely in the business of the building of mosques. For the clients, with limited funds they are simply large spaces where important obligations can be carried out; for others they are an expression of there culture, their right to… Read More

Teaser poster for Michel Gondry’s upcoming adaptation of Ubik (Heath Killen) In an obsessive sense of categorization, one might divide science fiction in few types. The machinist fascination would be tutored by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, the epic interstellar narratives as well as the speculative  robotic would be lead by Isaac Asimov, the descriptions of what could not be possibly described (!) would follow the work of Stanislaw Lem…etc. finally the… Read More

L’Origine by Marc-Antoine Mathieu (Delcourt, 1991) This article is the first one of a short series I will do about the worlds dramatized by science fiction which gives me the opportunity to create a new category ‘science fiction‘ on the blog which already counts 42 articles. To describe those worlds, we can use the notion of dystopia, thus following Liam Young’s example, but what is important to consider with these  future situations… Read More

Prison San Vittore – Milan (built in 1880) Pedro Hernández (La Periferia Domestica) was kind enough to send me a link towards a site of Manchester school of architecture that traced a concise timeline of the Panopticon prison both as an idea and as an architecture. The following documents are using the same existing examples giving by this site. It is  interesting to observe in this regard that the post-revolution prison in… Read More