The Funambulist is a digital and printed bimestrial magazine dedicated to examine the politics of space and bodies. It was created by Léopold Lambert, a trained architect turned writer and editor and started in the form of a blog in 2010 augmented by a podcast in 2013. The magazine itself started in September 2015 and a new issue dedicated each time to a specific topic is published once every two months since then. For a detailed account of the “behind-the-scenes”
work, you can read the article “Political Friendships” published on July 11, 2016 on the blog. Part of the support to The Funambulist comes from a generous grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Léopold is an architect, researcher, and the editor-in-chief of The Funambulist. He is the author of three books examining the intrinsic violence of architecture and its political instrumentalisation: Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence (dpr-barcelona 2012), Topie impitoyable: The Corporeal Politics of the Cloth, the Wall, and the Street (puctum books 2015) and La politique du bulldozer: La ruine palestinienne comme projet israélien (B2 2016). His next book is tentatively called États
d’urgence : Une histoire spatiale du continuum colonial français (LUX, forthcoming 2019).
Editorial Assistants: Tomi Seyi Laja & Ella Martin-Gachot
Tomi is a fourth year B. arch student at Iowa State University with a minor in French Language. She resides in the chicago-land area and was born in Nigeria. With interests in architecture and fashion, Tomi has been involved with student-run publications Datum: Journal of Architecture (graphic direction for the 9th and 10th issues, and contribution since 2016) as well as Revival Magazine (assistant fashion direction in 2017 and styling in 2016), both out of Ames, Iowa. Moving forward, her goals are to use art and writing to promote afro- and eco-feminisms.
Ella is a senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She studies Architecture and Environmental Science and Policy. After having spent her junior year at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Val de Seine and Sciences Po Paris, she is co-directing a documentary about the intersections between space, gender, and sexuality, in particular how queer/LGBTQIA+ Parisians interact with the concept of home. She has worked at the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas as a Community Health Intern and at Ateliers 2/3/4 in Paris as an Architectural Intern for the “Franchissement Pleyel” competition.
Past members of the editorial team: Noelle Geller, Flora Hergon
Flora is a master’s student in sociology and gender studies at EHESS in Paris. She used to work for The Funambulist as an editorial assistant in 2017-2018. She is now conducting a research on the abuses of state of emergency in France, especially on the material, spatial and psychological effects of police home searches and house arrests in a context of state and gendered islamophobia.
Noelle received her B.A. in Literature, with a minor in History of Art & Visual Culture, at U.C. Santa Cruz. In 2016, she moved to Paris to pursue an MA in Arts & Cultural Management but disappointed by school, she learned more through the organizations, events and publications (cough:: The Funambulist:: cough) in the city. Interested in using story-telling to understand and fight oppression, whether through visual arts, journalism, or other forms, Noelle sees art and narrative as tools for stronger education, understanding and relationship-building.
Contributing copyeditor and translators: Maxwell Donnewald & Chanelle Adams
Consultant: Sofia Ilyas (Float PR)
Web design/coding: Francis Redman & Marlow Perceval