The Funambulist Nº5

Design & Racism

MAY-JUNE 2016

The fifth issue of The Funambulist Magazine is dedicated to a tremendously important topic that had been an underlying theme of many articles in the four first issues, but embraces here its entire primacy: the relationship between design and racism. Design tends to crystallize and reinforce the normative relationships between bodies in a given society, often to the point of materializing racist political programs. The issue is composed of articles, interview and projects describing the active contribution of design to structural racism in Palestine, the United States, France, South Africa, and Europe.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert

Contributors: Sinthujan Varatharajah, Yaşar Adnan Adanalı, Eze Imade Eribo, Rasheedah Phillips, Nick Estes, Miriam Ticktin, Lwandile Fikeni, Claire Lubell, Nicola Perugini, Neve Gordon, Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Alicia Olushola Ajayi, Whitney Hansley, and Melisa Betts.

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CONTENTS ///

2 | GUEST COLUMNS: THE KEYS TO RETURN
Sinthujan Varatharajah

4 | GUEST COLUMNS: FROM URBAN TRANSFORMATION TO URBAN WARFARE
Yaşar Adnan Adanalı

6 | FROM THE BLOG: MOLENBEEK
Léopold Lambert

— MAIN /// DESIGN & RACISM
10 | INTRODUCTION
Léopold Lambert

16 | SLAVE SHIPS: HUMAN COMMODITIES, FLOATING DUNGEONS AND CHIMERAL MANIFESTATIONS
Eze Imade Eribo & Rasheedah Phillips

22 | OFF THE RESERVATION: LAKOTA LIFE AND DEATH IN RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
Nick Estes

28 | CALAIS: CONTAINMENT POLITICS IN THE “JUNGLE”
Miriam Ticktin

34 | APARTHEID: THE DESIGN OF RACISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
Lwandile Fikeni

38 | STUDENTS: MINING COMPOUNDS
Claire Lubell

40 | GAZA: HUMAN SHIELDS, RACE, AND THE LEGAL ARCHITECTURE OF CONTEMPORARY LIBERAL WARS
Nicola Perugini & Neve Gordon

46 | PODCAST TRANSCRIPTS: THE DESIGN OF FRENCH STRUCTURAL RACISM
Nacira Guénif-Souilamas

50 | CASE STUDY: APARTHEID TERRITORY IN PALESTINE

54 | STUDENTS: FREEDOM VILLAGE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Alicia Olushola Ajayi

56 | STUDENTS: BLACK MOLD IN U.S. PUBLIC HOUSING
Whitney Hansley

58 | STUDENTS: MIRRORING DISPARITY
Melisa Betts