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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...

Screenshot from 悪い奴ほどよく眠る (The Bad Sleep Well) by A. Kurosawa (1960) To be honest, I am not fully sure where I am going with this first of two articles on potential...

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to have access to the short film “…Would Have Been My Last Complaint” created by Camille Lacadée (see her guest writer essay as...

Photograph of the exhibition The Crystal World by Cyprien Gaillard at PS1 The Crystal World is the first-solo exhibition in New York of French artist Cyprien Gaillard. It is currently displayed at MoMA...

3d reconstitution of Israeli intelligence data from The Gatekeepers (2012) I recently watched the documentary The Gatekeepers by Dror Moreh (2012), which gathers six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic...

El ángel exterminador (1962) is a film by Luis Buñuel in which the group of main characters are stuck for weeks in a living room after a urbane dinner. Nothing visually...

Leos Carax in his own film, Holy Motors (2012) An intuition I (too) briefly explored in May 2011 though an article entitled The Paradigm of Modern Cinema: The Cinematographic Introspection (Godard,...

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