Looming through paths that lead us here, in the crossing of languages, where also continents finally meet the archipelagos, once again we outline our pasts, buried in the most probable sands of the great deserts, and similarly, we surround our futures, dug in the freshness of the bushes and in the bottom of the rivers.
Édouard Glissant, La terre, le feu , l’eau et les vents: Une anthologie de la poésie du Tout-Monde, Paris: Galaade, 2010.
Nothing of what we design is politically innocent. Architecture, furniture, clothing, art, books, but also laws and policies constitute artifacts that are important to critically question at a political level. That is what proposes the Archipelago platform: conceived as a different medium than the traditional means of knowledge transmission like the university, it proposes four podcasts every week of conversations with various thinkers of the world about this question.
Archipelago is a project created in 2013, in parallel with The Funambulist. It proposes and archives one-hour long podcasts recorded with numerous transdisciplinary worldwide thinkers whose work is related to the built environment. Although the object of focus of Archipelago is the built environment, its philosophy, its politics, its history and its narratives, the conversations are done with many non-architect thinkers (philosophers, activists, dancers, geographers, legal theorists, artists, crafts(wo)men, historians, designers, filmmakers, anthropologists, scientists) whose different approaches enrich the diversity and openness of the project. This transdisciplinary aspect of Archipelago reinforces its will to constitute an alternative (or a complement) to the traditional institutionalized transmission of knowledge.
Archipelago received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2014)
EPIDERMALIZATION OF THE PUBLIC BODY: CLOTHING AND POLITICS
Conversation recorded with Mimi Thi Nguyen in New York on October 5, 2013.
LAW, SPACE AND BODIES
Conversation recorded with Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos in London on October 27, 2013.
MOBILIZING FOR WAR: TARGETS, ENEMIES AND EXCEPTIONAL LEGISLATIONS
Conversation recorded with Derek Gregory in Vancouver on May 9, 2014
DOCUMENTING THE UNDOCUMENTED: CARCERAL ARCHITECTURE AND MIGRANT BODIES
Conversation recorded with Tings Chak in New York on May 30, 2014