The Funambulist
Madeline Gins

Madeline Gins with Joke Post at the recent opening of the Biotopological Scale-Juggling Escalator on December 20, 2013 (photo by Momoyo Homma) This is not an obituary. Since yesterday morning Madeline...

The new issue of MAS Context dedicated to Narratives used by graphic novels and comics to question architecture is guest edited by architectural scholar Koldo Lus Arana and architect-cartoonist Klaus. In...

Still from the film Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg (1991) I am now at the end of my European trip for Archipelago and a few talks and will soon go back...

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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 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...

Kinkaku-Ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) / 25th year of the Shōwa Era (1950) Beauty sometimes reaches level of intensity that can lead to pure pathology. The Jerusalem syndrome, for example, is...

J.H. Griffin under the heat lamps / Photograph by Don Rutledge (1959) Sometimes, books find you more than the opposite. This was the case for Black Like Me (1961), a book...

Power of the Lines – Lines of Power /// text originally written in French for the 2012 issue of the journal of  ETH Zurich,  Trans entitled Stance (thank you to Stéphanie...

The third volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles of the blog about Deleuze, is now officially published by Punctum Books in collaboration with the Center for...

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...

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...

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...

The following text was written by the recent augmented reality pamphlet Orwellian published by my very good friends Ethel Baraona Pohl and Cesar Reyes of dpr-barcelona and dedicated to the work...

The poem that I included at the end of this article was recently found by my friend Martin and constitutes an important document as James Graham Ballard makes explicit in it...

One of the most famous fratricide of the world mythology is the one of Romulus and Remus. Similarly to Cain killing his brother Abel in the Bible/Quran or Seth killing his...

In the 48th issue (Spring 2012) of the excellent journal Multitudes dedicated to the notion of “political counter-fiction”, Belgium sociologist Frédéric Claisse publishes an article entitled Contr(ôl)efiction: de l’Empire à l’Interzone...

DMZ is a comic book that I discovered in my research for references for the NY Commune Project. It constitutes a quite literal precedent indeed. Written by Brian Wood and drawn...

Literature and cinema regularly question the metaphorical -sometimes literal- pact with dark forces that one makes to transcend him(her)self. This scheme is, of course, the one of Faust’s in classic German...

Playground Proposal by Isamu Noguchi (excerpt from The Book of Games) First of all, I apologize for this absence, I am hoping to engage with interesting series of article soon but,...

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