The Funambulist

“The Political” Interview for C-O-L-O-N (Columbia University GSAPP) Volume III alongside Bernard Tschumi, Peggy Deamer & Paul Segal, Eyal Weizman, Ai Weiwei, Mary Mc Leod & Rheinhold Martin, and Cristina Goberna....

Bao Steel #8 / Manufactured Landscapes series by Edward Burtynsky What is Nature? An article written for the sixth issue (Summer 2015) of Too Much Magazine of Romantic Geography /// As this...

NYPD’s Domain Awareness System / Photograph by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters In a recent article (May 15, 2015), the investigative news platform Mediapart, reported the use of a crime predicting algorithm by the French Ministry of Interior...

Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka in memory of Helen Keller by Arakawa and Madeline Gins / Photograph by Léopold Lambert (2014) “Amrit’s Picks” are a series curated by Amrit Trewn of transcripts of...

Local parliament in Cizîre, Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) / Photograph by Jonas Staal (2015) Last Tuesday, I attended a lecture of Dutch artist Jonas Staal at the Centre for Research Architecture in...

Map created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (May 2015) / Download a high-quality version of them here (8.1MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) The Israeli settlement of Gilo (26,929 inhabitants),...

Photograph from the “Breaking the Silence” report The Israeli organization Breaking the Silence has just released a 237-page report of soldier’s testimonies following the dreadful siege on Gaza in July and August 2014,...

Le Corbusier’s Modulor / Fondation Le Corbusier (1957) 2015 is the year of the 50th anniversary of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret aka Le Corbusier‘s death. As usual, this kind of dates triggers a series of cultural...

“Collapse” / Photograph by Léopold Lambert in Aulnay-sous-Bois during the 2005 revolt THE BANLIEUES /// In last January, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls described the situation of the French banlieues (suburbs) as “a...

Rachel Corrie confronting a Israeli army bulldozer before being killed by it (March 13, 2003) A few months ago, I learned that Judith Butler was going to give a lecture at the London...

I am very happy to announce that the second volume of The Funambulist Papers and its 26 great contributions are now published by punctum books in association with the Center for Transformative Media...

Still from The Knick by Steven Soderbergh (2014) The Hospital as a Laboratory: The Production of Medical Knowledge Through the Bodies, originally written for L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui 405 Therapeutic Architecture (March 2015) In one of the lectures...

Originally published as “Invisible and Scrutinized Bodies,” in Andrea Pavoni (ed), Lo Squaderno 35 (March 2015) The following text will attempt to demonstrate that both processes that aim at making bodies either invisible...

Inside the Mediterranean boat “Blue Sky M” (December 2014) / Source: Mediapart As we currently receive the most tragic news from off shore Lampedusa, with the probable death of over 300 migrants...

Joyous Machines by Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely (1963) I am currently traveling for the purpose of Archipelago and did not find the appropriate time to write so far, so before...

Line 1 by Niyaz Azadikhah (2010) This 62nd Funambulist Paper is the last one of the second series dedicated to political and philosophical questions about the body, and the second volume...

“You did not understand me Monsieur Nicolas…since yesterday the cartographic center is under the army’s tutelage, something that should have never stopped in the past.” All illustrations from François Schuiten & Benoit...

If you enjoy as much as me reading papers by Mimi Thi Nguyen (see our two conversations for Archipelago in 2013 and 2014), this 61st Funambulist Paper (and penultimate of the second series)...

Vicissitudes by Jason deCaires Taylor in Grenada (2013) Discovering the underwater sculptures of Guyanese English artist Jason deCaires Taylor, in particular, Vicissitudes (2013) in the Caribbean Sea, made me want to write an extension...

Today, I publish the 60th Funambulist Paper (23rd of the second series that will be published in the Second Volume by Punctum Books), written by Renisa Mawani (listen on Archipelago: “The Archive: Fragments and...