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Monthly Archives: June 2013

On the Notion of Failure /// (originally published on Failed Architecture. Thank you to Mark Minkjan for asking me to write this article) First scene: A bureaucrat is sitting in a closed room surveying the machine that continuously supplies miles of administrative registries in a sort of choreography that seems to have neither start nor end. In the background, the television reiterates its continuous flow of verbal matter. Everything is functioning as… Read More

Quantum Cloud & Capacitor by Antony Gormley In the recent opening article of the archival category “Topie Impitoyable“, I was trying to develop a sort of manifesto around the notion of philosophical and political body. One of the proposition, “The body is not one, it is multiple” was under-developed and I want to elaborate about it in this article. In order to do so, I would like to start with a book… Read More

The Abbey of Thélème Today’s guest writer, Nick Axel has been already published twice on The Funambulist: once in April 2011, for his Supurban Project when he was still a student, and the second time for his Ideological and Hermeneutical Map of Architecture in September 2011.  Nick is the writer and editor of Awaking Lucid as well as an unlicensed architect, which make our respective approaches to architecture somehow similar. His text What… Read More

Mohamad (Lebanon) / Photograph by Bridgette Auger This is not me: Enduring Syria’s War is an exhibition by artist Bridgette Auger currently on view at NYU’s Tisch Gallery in New York. The endurance that B. Auger chose for the title of her work is not the one that we might immediately think about. In fact, in the last article I wrote about the Syrian revolutionary war, I was afraid that the topic… Read More

It has been a while now that I am accumulating articles that address the philosophical or/and political dimension of the human (and sometimes non-human) body. I decided therefore to add one “category” in the archives of The Funambulist. Following the philosophical scream of Michel Foucault “Mon Corps, Topie Impitoyable” (see past article), this category will use its original French version Topie Impitoyable as the English translation both lacks of the full meaning… Read More

Diagram by Christine Schläpfer With this fortieth guest writer essay, written by my friend Andri Gerber, I am happy to start a second series of these invited texts. The first one was fantastic and will be published in a book sometimes this year — more on that in the near future. I am very enthusiastic about this second series as well as many people — including a lot of non-architects — already… Read More

The second volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers past articles of the blog, is now officially published by Punctum Books in collaboration with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School. You can either download the book as a PDF for free or order it online for the price of $7.00 or €6.00. Next volume to be published will be dedicated to Deleuze. Official page of The Funambulist Pamphlets… Read More

Above: Tout va bien (Everything’s Going Fine) by J.L. Godard (1972) Below: La nuit américaine (Day for Night) by F. Truffaut (1973) That is the second time that I associate Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut in a same article. The first one was somehow addressing the revolution of cinema that directors like them — but also Chabrol, Varda, Rohmer, Rivette etc. — triggered with the New Wave. This revolution consisted in an… Read More

Chronophotography of dancer Ami Shulman walking, (Montreal 2009) by Joseph Butch Rovan I have not mentioned the work of Henri Bergson very often in the past. I actually can remember of having used his work only once through Deleuze’s seminar about cinema when I was attempting to explain the essence of Spinoza’s work about the body. In this article, I therefore want to interpret Bergson directly through his writings and, more particularly,… Read More

The Republic of Taksim: that is this title that French newspaper Libération chose for its first page today. The title is associated to a picture taken on Taksim square in Istanbul showing the crowd of occupiers and a Turkish flag with Atatürk’s portrait. The latter is an explicit homage to the original Republic of Turkey declared in 1923 and whose strict secularism is claimed by the Turkish occupiers. This idea of a… Read More

In 1956, Alain Resnais created a 20-minute long film entitled Toute la Mémoire du Monde (All the World’s Memory) that beautifully mixes documentary information with a fictitious style of filming and editing. What I just wrote is however symptomatic of a prejudice according to which documentary should tend towards objectivity in an attempt to capture the “truth” of what they are filming. We know that choosing such an ambition for a film… Read More

Prosthetic Aesthetics by Lawrence Lek (2012) Today I want to talk (once again) about the body and its relationship to design by presenting five young (four of them are less than 30 years old) designers (two French, one German, one Korean and one American) who each in their own way challenge the body through their design and vice versa. In order to do so, I will introduce them successively from the design… Read More

Three months ago, my friend Francois Bellanger from Transit City wrote an article about what sounded like a peculiar book about the “algorithmiticization” of the world stock exchanges. Entitled 6: Le Soulèvement des Machines (6: The Rise of the Machines, soon to be available in English) and published at the excellent Zones Sensibles, this book is presented as written by an algorithm, Sniper (see what the bit full version of the book!), situated… Read More

The first volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers past articles of the blog, is now officially published by Punctum Books in collaboration with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School. You can either download the book as a PDF for free or order it online for the price of $7.00 or €6.00. Next volume to be published next week will be dedicated to Foucault. Official page of The… Read More

A Body of Gezi Park. 31 May 2013. From Yücel Tunca via Nar Photos. For the last five days, the small park of Gezi near Taksim square in Istanbul has been occupied by dozens of thousands of people protesting, at first, against the urban project in development for this site that involves a shopping mall. Such a project that transforms a public space into an instrument of capitalism is part of a… Read More