I am very happy to announce that the second volume of The Funambulist Papers and its 26 great contributions are now published by punctum books in association with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School for Design. As for every Funambulist books, it is available both in printed and open-access version on punctum books’s website. For more information, see the introduction below, as well as the index.
This book is the second volume of texts curated specifically for The Funambulist since 2011. The editorial line of this second series of twenty-six essays is dedicated to philosophical and political questions about bodies. This choice is informed by Léopold Lambert’s own interest in the (often violent) relation between the designed environment and bodies.
Corporeal politics do not exist in a void of objects, buildings and cities; on the contrary, they operate through the continuous material encounters between living and non-living bodies. Several texts proposed in this volume examine various forms of corporeal violence (racism, gender-based violence, etc.). This examination, however, can only exist in the integration of the designed environment’s conditioning of this violence. As Mimi Thi Nguyen argues in the conclusion of this book’s first chapter, “the process of attending to the body — unhooded, unveiled, unclothed — cannot be the solution to racism, because that body is always already an abstraction, an effect of law and its violence.”
Although the readers won’t find indications about the disciplinary background of the contributors — the “witty” self-descriptions at the end of the book being preferred to academic resumés — the content of the texts will certainly attest to the broad imaginaries at work throughout this volume. Dialogues between dancers and geographers, between artists and biohackers, between architects and philosophers, and so forth, provide the richness of this volume through difference rather than similarity.
0 | COVER:
6 | INTRODUCTION:
8 | PROFILING SURFACES
Mimi Thi Nguyen
14 | CAUGHT IN THE CLOUD:
THE BIOPOLITICS OF TEARGAS WARFARE
24 | BODIES ON THE LINE:
SOMATIC RISK AND PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES IN URBAN
EXPLORATION AND PALESTINIAN ‘INFILTRATION’
31 | PALESTINE MADE FLESH
36 | CORPOGRAPHIES:
MAKING SENSE OF MODERN WAR
46 | CHAMAYOU’S MANHUNTS:
FROM TERRITORY TO SPACE?
54 | NAZI ARCHITECTURE AS AFFECTIVE WEAPON
64 | BODIES AT SCENE:
ARCHITECTURE AS FRICTION
Pedro Hernández Martínez
71 | RACIALIZED GEOGRAPHIES AND THE FEAR OF SHIPS
77 | URBAN SPACE AND THE PRODUCTION
OF GENDER IN MODERN IRAN
86 | NORM, MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
98 | PATTERNS OF LIFE:
A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF SCHEMATIC BODIES
117 |BEE WORKERS AND
THE EXPANDING EDGES OF CAPITALISM
127 |WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
134 |OF ASSOCIATED MILIEUS
142 |~~FJORD~~ AND //DESERT// BODIES
~~LEAKING~~ AND //CONTAINED// BODIES
148 |DRESS BECOMES BODY:
FASHIONING THE FORCE OF FORM
173 |A SENSING BODY – A NETWORKED MIND
177 |DREAM OF FLYING – FLYING BODIES
184 |THE ACT OF WAITING
191 |BODIES IN SYMPATHY FOR JUST ONE NIGHT
198 |FRAMING THE WEIRD BODY
IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA
204 |BUILDING BODY:
TWO BRIEF TREATMENTS ON LANDING SITE THEORY
224 |GHOST IN THE SHELL-GAME:
ON THE MÈTIC MODE OF EXISTENCE,
INCEPTION AND INNOCENCE
Nandita Biswas Mellamphy
Léopold Lambert (ed), The Funambulist Papers, Vol. 2, Brooklyn: punctum books, 2015.