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THE FUNAMBULIST PAPERS Volume 1-2 / Punctum Books (2013 – 2015)

The Funambulist Papers Volume 1 - Leopold LambertThe Funambulist Papers: Volume 1, Brooklyn: punctum books, 2013.

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This book is a collection of thirty five short essays that have been written specifically by friends for The Funambulist from June 2011 to November 2012. This idea of complementing my own writings by those from others originated from the thought that there could be a mutual interest to develop by having friends communicating about their work and, thus, finding a platform to address an audience. Thirty seven authors of twenty four nationalities were given the opportunity to write essays about a part of their work that might fits the blog’s editorial line. Overall, two “families” of texts emerged and they are thus collected in two distinct part in this volume. While the first one, entitled The Power of the Line, explores the legal, geographical and historical politics of various places of the world, the second one, Architectural Narratives, approaches architecture through philosophy, literature and art. This dichotomy is certainly representative of the blog’s editorial line itself and can be reconciled by the obsession of approaching architecture via indirect means and disciplines. This method attempts to consider architecture as something embedded within mechanisms that widely exceed what is traditionally understood as the limits of its expertise.

In this regard, each of the authors of those essays are architects, lawyers, artists, filmmakers, publishers and philosophers who develop within their work a clear will to broaden the spectrum of their discipline, each in her or his own way. They all have in common a passion for the creative process and, through it, develop an ethical attitude towards their work and the one of the others. The ethical “line” is fundamental to draw here and, in the book’s introduction, I propose a concrete example of what it means for one of the book’s contributor, Michael Badu who designs various mosques in Europe. In 2012, he was laid off from the Malmo mosque he was then conceiving as the board members required him to design an external room for the female congregation. He refused as he wanted the women to be present in the main prayer room and did not compromise when he was threatened to be excluded from his own project. Such “ordinary bravery” is precisely what this blog/book attempts to articulate within the frame of a daily professional practice of a creative discipline.

Although the level of discourse presented in this book is remarkably high, the context of their “curating” is the one of friendship without distinction of titles or statuses. Such a spirit can be observed through the last pages of the book that collect the short biographies of the contributors. On the contrary of those usually read in academic books, no one here is defined by her or his degree, professorship, academic achievements etc. but rather by a small presentation of her or his personality, habits or other small obsessions that organize our daily lives.

INDEX OF THE BOOK:

0 | CITY UNKNOWN: COVER
Seher Shah
4 | WALKING ON A TIGHT ROPE: INTRODUCTION
Léopold Lambert

PART1:
9 | ENTROPY, LAW AND FUNAMBULISM
Lucy Finchett-Madock
12 | THE CLEAR-BLURRY LINE
Daniel Fernández Pascual
16 | POST-POLITICAL ATTITUDES ON IMMIGRATION, UTOPIAS AND THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Ethel Baraona Pohl & Cesar Reyes
20 | THE MOSQUE: RELIGION, POLITICS AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Michael Badu
24 | NOTHING TO HIDE
Mariabruna Fabrizi & Fosco Lucarelli
28 | BRIEFLY ON WALKING
Caroline Filice Smith
34 | FEMICIDE MACHINE/BACKYARD
Greg Barton
39 | BECOMING FUGITIVE: CARCERAL SPACE AND RANCIERIAN POLITICS
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi
47 | MY DEAR FRANCIS…WHAT KIND OF PHOENIX WILL ARISE FROM THESE ASHES?
Nikolas Patsopoulos
51 | MOVEMENT AND SOLIDARITY
Zayd Sifri
55 | OPEN STACKS
Liduam Pong
58 | A VISIT TO THE OLD CITY OF HEBRON
Raja Shehadeh
62 | LAHORE’S ARCHITECTURE OF IN/SECURITY
Sadia Shirazi
73 | RUIN MACHINE
Bryan Finoki
78 | THE TEXTUAL-SONIC LANDSCAPE OF JACQUES PERRET’S DES FORTIFICATIONS ET ARTIFICES
Morgan Ng
88 | MAPPING INTERVALS: TOWARDS AN EMANCIPATED CARTOGRAPHY
Nora Akawi

PART2:
103 |THE FUNAMBULIST ATMOSPHERE
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
107 | APIAN SEMANTICS
Matthew Clements
113 | DISSOLVING MINDS AND BODIES
Hiroko Nakatani
117 | THOUGHTS ON META-VIRTUAL SOLIPSISM
Fredrik Hellberg
121 | OLD MEDIA’S RESSURECTION
Linnéa Hussein
125 | CINEMATIC CATALYSTS: CONTEMPT + CASA MALAPARTE
Danielle Willems
129 | OFF THE GRID LEFT OUT AND OVER
Carl Douglas
133 | TRANSCENDENT DELUSION OR; THE DANGEROUS FREE SPACES OF PHILLIP K. DICK
Martin Byrne
137 | THE POSSIBLE WORLDS OF ARCHITECTURE
Claire Jamieson
142 | PET ARCHITECTURE: HUMAN’S BEST FRIEND
Carla Leitão
151 | BREAD AND CIRCUS: AGORAE VS ARENAS
Eduardo McIntosh
155 | MOTION ARCHITECTURE
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
159 | FIBROUS ASSEMBLAGES AND BEHAVIORAL COMPOSITES
Roland Snooks
163 | UNFOLDING AZADI TOWER: READING PERSIAN FOLDS THROUGH DELEUZE
Biayna Bogosian
167 | TWIN (TECHNOLOGY/ART INDUCED) ARCHITECTURAL DAYDREAMS
Esther Sze-Wing Cheung
171 | DIY BIOPOLITICS: THE DEREGULATED SELF
Russel Hughes
176 | TWO QUESTIONS FOR SEHER SHAH
Alexis Bhagat
180 | THE GROUNDBRAKING CLARITY OF RYAN AND TREVOR OAKES
Eve Bailey
187 | WOULD HAVE BEEN…AN INVENTORY
Camille Lacadée

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The Funambulist Papers: Volume 2, Brooklyn: punctum books, 2015.

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This book is the second volume of texts curated specifically for The Funambulist since 2011.The editorial line of this second series of twenty-six essays is dedicated to philosophical and political questions about bodies. This choice is informed by Léopold Lambert’s own interest in the (often violent) relation between the designed environment and bodies.

Corporeal politics do not exist in a void of objects, buildings and cities; on the contrary, they operate through the continuous material encounters between living and non-living bodies. Several texts proposed in this volume examine various forms of corporeal violence (racism, gender-based violence, etc.). This examination, however, can only exist in the integration of the designed environment’s conditioning of this violence. As Mimi Thi Nguyen argues in the conclusion of this book’s first chapter, “the process of attending to the body — unhooded, unveiled, unclothed — cannot be the solution to racism, because that body is always already an abstraction, an effect of law and its violence.”

Although the readers won’t find indications about the disciplinary background of the contributors — the “witty” self-descriptions at the end of the book being preferred to academic resumés — the content of the texts will certainly attest to the broad imaginaries at work throughout this volume. Dialogues between dancers and geographers, between artists and biohackers, between architects and philosophers, and so forth, provide the richness of this volume through difference rather than similarity.

INDEX OF THE BOOK:

0  | COVER:
Loredana Micu

6  | INTRODUCTION:
       CORPOREAL POLITICS
Léopold Lambert

8   | PROFILING SURFACES
Mimi Thi Nguyen

14 | CAUGHT IN THE CLOUD:
THE BIOPOLITICS OF TEARGAS WARFARE
Philippe Theophanidis

24 | BODIES ON THE LINE:
SOMATIC RISK AND PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES IN URBAN
EXPLORATION AND PALESTINIAN ‘INFILTRATION’
Hanna Baumann

31 | PALESTINE MADE FLESH
Sophia Azeb

36 | CORPOGRAPHIES:
MAKING SENSE OF MODERN WAR
Derek Gregory

46 | CHAMAYOU’S MANHUNTS:
 FROM TERRITORY TO SPACE?
Stuart Elden

54 | NAZI ARCHITECTURE AS AFFECTIVE WEAPON
Gastón Gordillo

64 | BODIES AT SCENE:
 ARCHITECTURE AS FRICTION
Pedro Hernández Martínez

71 | RACIALIZED GEOGRAPHIES AND THE FEAR OF SHIPS
Tings Chak

77 | URBAN SPACE AND THE PRODUCTION
 OF GENDER IN MODERN IRAN
Alex Shams

86 | NORM, MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
Sofia Lemos

98 | PATTERNS OF LIFE:
 A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF SCHEMATIC BODIES
Grégoire Chamayou

117 |BEE WORKERS AND
 THE EXPANDING EDGES OF CAPITALISM
Renisa Mawani

127 |WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Nick Axel

134 |OF ASSOCIATED MILIEUS
Sarah Choukah

142 |~~FJORD~~ AND //DESERT// BODIES
 ~~LEAKING~~ AND //CONTAINED// BODIES
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

148 |DRESS BECOMES BODY:
   FASHIONING THE FORCE OF FORM
Erin Manning

173 |A SENSING BODY – A NETWORKED MIND
Adrienne Hart

177 |DREAM OF FLYING – FLYING BODIES
Elena Loizidou

184 |THE ACT OF WAITING
Joanne Pouzenc

191 |BODIES IN SYMPATHY FOR JUST ONE NIGHT
Chrysanthi Nigianni

198 |FRAMING THE WEIRD BODY
 IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA
Ina Karkani

204 |BUILDING BODY:
TWO BRIEF TREATMENTS ON LANDING SITE THEORY

         Alan Prohm

212 |A.V.
(ANTHROPOCOSMOGONIC VASTUPURUSHAMANISM)
Dan Mellamphy

224 |GHOST IN THE SHELL-GAME:
   ON THE MÈTIC MODE OF EXISTENCE,
   INCEPTION AND INNOCENCE
Nandita Biswas Mellamphy

236 |PORTFOLIO:
   BODY WEIGHT
Seher Shah