The Funambulist
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Erez Crossing: one of the only land access to Gaza While I am writing these words, the Israeli army is starting its land invasion of the Gaza strip, thus providing the...

140420_The Architecture of Migrant Detention_Draft with letterin

Excerpt of the forthcoming book Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention by Tings Chak (2014) The last podcast published on Archipelago is a conversation with Tings Chak, Toronto-based migrant justice organizer (as part of the organization...

anti-homeless spikes

There has been a recent outcry on the Internet after the wide spreading of a series of photographs showing metallic/concrete spikes on stone thresholds, planters and other surfaces that could potentially...

Sound Tank

Panzer by Nik Nowak (2011) This article is relatively premature as I will soon read Steve Goodman’s Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear (MIT Press, 2012), as well as Hillel...

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...

kinopoisk.ru

Image extracted from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) The Abu Ghraib photographs are at the end of this article. Warning: they are highly disturbing and potentially...

Interrogation Techniques Justice Department

My recent encounter with the document presented above reminded me of the article “Violence on the Body: A Manual for the French Police Escorting ‘Illegal’ Immigrants” that I wrote three years...

Slaveshipposter-contrast

Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade act of 1788. (Library of US Congress) In the previous article, I was evoking the architecture of the holocaust’s...

07- Cruel Designs (full cover)

The seventh volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles (as well as additional illustrations) of the blog about what I came to call “Cruel Designs,” is now officially published...

Electric Chair by Andy Warhol (1964) There is still an existing political debate about whether of not a given society should adopt (perpetuate) death penalty as its ultimate judicial sentence. It...

The corset used to be the piece of clothing wore by many women in various European royal courts (mostly the French one) during the 18th and 19th centuries. Clothe is, by...

Tear_Gas_Warfare

The guest writers series is now named “The Funambulist Papers” in preparation of the first volume of the same name (more about that soon). The 42nd episode of this series is...

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...

Winning entry of the New State Danish Prison by C. F. Møller Architects (2010) Thanks to my friends Mariabruna and Fosco (Microcities/Socks), I got to learn that the French department of...

Original Scheme of Fleur Agema’s Prison project as she imagined it in 1999 Few days ago, Daniel Fernandez Pascual posted a very interesting project on his fantastic Deconcrete. Entittled Closed Architecture,...

As I mentioned in one the most recent articles,  I was feeling odd never to have dedicated a full article to the fascinating machine invented by Franz Kafka in his short...

We continue today to explore the “cruel designs” that collects each piece of architecture or objects that have been specifically designed to assess a hurtful power upon the body. Many people...

The panopticon in its totality / assembled photographs by Léopold Lambert Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the former Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The building is particular as...

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