THE FUNAMBULIST PAMPHLETS / Punctum Books (2013 – ongoing)
The Funambulist Pamphlets is a series of small books archiving articles that I have been writing between 2009 and 2013 and that I published on The Funambulist, collected according to specific themes. These volumes propose a different articulation of texts than the usual chronological one.
The themes are various as four of them are dedicated to philosophers (Volume 01: Spinoza, Volume 02: Foucault, Volume 03: Deleuze and Volume 13: Simondon), two are focusing on the notion of body, politically and philosophically (Volume 14: Topie Impitoyable and Volume 08: Arakawa + Madeline Gins), three investigate narratives (Volume 09: Science Fiction, Volume 10: Literature and Volume 11: Cinema), two others take on specific political struggles (Volume 05: Occupy Wall Street and Volume 06: Palestine), one is built around questions about the relationship between architecture and the law (Volume 04: Legal Theory), and finally, three of them are more specifically addressing problems of design at various scales (Volume 07: Cruel Designs, Volume 12: Weaponized Architecture (additional thoughts to the book) and Volume 15: Proletarian Fortresses). These books are taking place in a deliberate strategy of open access as, in addition of being purchasable in their printed version, they are also available for free in the form of digital files. Such a strategy corresponds to the values carried by both The Funambulist and Punctum Books.
The Funambulist Pamphlets are published as part of the Documents Initiative imprint of the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design, a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings.