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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Comic Zombies

Excerpt from Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012) I am currently reading To Our Friends (La Fabrique, Semiotext(e), 2014) (by that I mean that I started...

dogtooth weird dance

Still from Dogtooth (2009) by Yorgos Lanthimos The Funambulist Papers series — the second volume will be published in the first part of 2015 — continues today. I am happy to supply some...

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Still from La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz (1995) If, like me, you were a French teenager in the 1990s, you probably have a powerful remembrance of Mathieu Kasovitz’s La Haine (1995), in particular of...

Hunger Steve McQueen - The Funambulist (1)

Still from Hunger (2008) by Steve McQueen In 1976, the British government withdrew the status of political prisoner to every detainees who had been imprisoned for having taken part in the Northern Irish...

09- Science Fiction (full cover)

The ninth volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles of the blog about Science Fiction is now officially published by Punctum Books in collaboration with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New...

film_still-Infiltrators_by-Khaled-Jarrar__girl climbing wall

Film still from Infiltrators (2013) by Khaled Jarrar: woman climbing Israeli Wall to enter East Jerusalem Today is the annual day to commemorate the 1948 Nakba that led to the displacement...

harjant gill roots of love

Still from the film Roots of Love by Harjant Gill (2011) This article follows the previous one about the hijab as a complex cultural wearable object. This time, a similar complexity...

Paris is Burning - funambulist

The 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning by Jennie Livingston shows an important aspect of African-American and Latino gay and transgender life in New York in the 1980s: the balls. Organized in...

still from Black Venus by Abdellatif Kechiche (2010) Saartjie Baartman (1789-1815), often known by her colonial nickname, the “Hottentot Venus,” is the tragic figure of the colonized body par excellence. During...

Inonsensu 09 (Locus Solus District)

The forty-sixth Funambulist Paper, written by Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, closes this series of nine texts that invoke the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon (three of which were written by guest writers). Entitled...

DISCLAIMER: Before you read any further, please know that if you have not watch Alfonso Cuarón‘s new film, Gravity, and that you intend to watch it, you probably should not read...

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Funambulism, Utopias, Backyards, Open Stacks, Architectures of In/security, Sonic Landscapes, Apian Semantics, Meta-Virtual Solipsism, Transcendent Delusions, Fibrous Assemblages, Circuses, Old Media, Pet Architecture, Persian Folds, DIY Biopolitics, and MORE (Eileen Joy describing...

Still from The Law in these Parts by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (2012) I recently watched Israeli director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz‘s fim, The Law in these Parts (merci Philippe) that unfolds the legal mechanisms...

Still from the film Coriolanus by Ralph Fiennes (2011) Before being a historical figure, Caius Marcius Coriolanus is a legendary one. He, as an actual person was a Roman general who...

It took me about a month to digest watching Joshua Oppenheimer‘s documentary The Act of Killing that was recently released in the United States and that constitutes as much a film...

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...

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...

On the Notion of Failure /// (originally published on Failed Architecture. Thank you to Mark Minkjan for asking me to write this article) First scene: A bureaucrat is sitting in a...

Above: Tout va bien (Everything’s Going Fine) by J.L. Godard (1972) Below: La nuit américaine (Day for Night) by F. Truffaut (1973) That is the second time that I associate Jean-Luc...

In 1956, Alain Resnais created a 20-minute long film entitled Toute la Mémoire du Monde (All the World’s Memory) that beautifully mixes documentary information with a fictitious style of filming and...

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