The Funambulist

Monthly Archives: July 2013

Winning entry of the New State Danish Prison by C. F. Møller Architects (2010) Thanks to my friends Mariabruna and Fosco (Microcities/Socks), I got to learn that the French department of justice, through its research mission — coincidentally entitled G.I.P. like Michel Foucault’s Groupe Information Prison — is currently calling for research proposal to rethink the relationships between architecture and the prison. The opportunity to work on this topic thus reactivated for… Read More

Extracted from the Comic-strip Gaston Lagaffe by André Franquin After having shared my experience of what a hypochondriac body might really be (see past article), I am now looking at another recurrent aspect of my own body: clumsiness! I am probably not the only one to regularly trip, make a (filled) glass fall on the table or bang my head into a low element; it seems therefore interesting to wonder what a… Read More

Power of the Lines – Lines of Power /// text originally written in French for the 2012 issue of the journal of  ETH Zurich,  Trans entitled Stance (thank you to Stéphanie Savio). My apologies for the egocentrism of this article. The graphic novel Lost in the Line (2010) materializes an allegory of my architectural manifesto. The line constitutes the medium used by the architect as a tool and a representation code. Geometrically… Read More

The Political Archipelago /// artwork by the author The Political Archipelago: For a New Paradigm of Territorial Sovereignty /// text originally written in French for the monthly column “Le Funambule” in Swiss Architectural Journal Tracés (thank you to Christophe Catsaros) “The World is an archipelago” was the calm philosophical scream of the late philosopher Edouard Glissant. An archipelago shares a common history but each of its islands keeps an identity that it… Read More

Promotional image for the film World War Z (2013) Here are two disclaimers before starting this article about the figure of the zombie, particularly in the recent film World War Z by Marc Forster (2013). The first one is that the text that follows — as well as the very will to go see World War Z in a theater — is strongly inspired by the excellent article “World Revolution Z” (December… Read More

Protesters in Oakland mimic the position in which Oscar Grant was forced by the Police before being shot by an office on January 1st 2009. Whether we talk about the war in Iraq or the murder of Trayvon Martin, there seems to emerge a legal means of justification for a country to invade another or for a white man to kill a black boy. I call this means “preemptive legitimate defense” insisting… Read More

Henri Bergson in his office / Jean-Paul Sartre at the Café Flore First of all, I would like to apologize for persistently using Western philosophy and more specifically French one (Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, Simondon, Bergson, Sartre, Glissant); it happens to be the one that I am the most familiar with thanks to facilitated means of learning about it (mostly radiophonic!). I simply hope that this does not narrow down my discourse to… Read More

Many of us probably saw the horrifying videos of the new collective rapes that happened in the last few weeks on Tahrir Square by groups of men who took advantage of the political crowd in order to commit the unforgivable. These assaults on women occurred several times in the past already and I invite my readers to look at the work Bridgette Auger (see past article) has been doing to document these… Read More

La Fabrique is a bold publishing house with an impressive productive rate. After having successively evoked Maintenant il faut des armes (Now We Need Weapons) by Auguste Blanqui, L’Insurrection qui vient (The Coming Insurrection) by the Invisible Committee, Paris sous tension (Paris Under Tension) by director of La Fabrique, Eric Hazan, Capitalisme, désir et servitude: Marx et Spinoza (Capitalism, Desire and Servitude: Marx and Spinoza) by Frédéric Lordon and De Canguilhem à Foucault: La… Read More

Nine screenshots from the film The Diary of an Unknown Soldier by P. Watkins The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (1959) and The Forgotten Faces (1961) are the two first films of Peter Watkins. These two short films might appear as less ambitious as The War Game (1965), Punishment Park (1970) and La Commune (1999); however, they already carry the essence of Watkins’ cinema both in their form and in their content…. Read More

Despite what the title indicates, I have not been convinced by the National Riffles Association’s arguments against any forms of legislation to control the commerce of guns in the United States. These arguments are only to develop a simulacrum of debate of ideas, while a heavy — and apparently successful — lobbying is being made to influence the legislative power. In the American second amendment, what I am interested in lies in what I… Read More

The third volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles of the blog about Deleuze, 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 Legal Theory. Click… Read More

Portugal magazine Arqa recently published its last issue about the notion of “New Collectives”. Part of this issue is composed of a series of interviews asking the same three questions to various architecture thinkers and practitioners, my friends Ethel Baraona Pohl and Iker Gil but also Markus Miessen, Pedro Brandao, Constantin Petcou, Doina Petrescu and El Campo de Cebada. I was also honored to be asked to answer these questions and through… Read More