The Funambulist Nº6

Object Politics

JULY-AUGUST 2016

The sixth issue of The Funambulist Magazine about “Object Politics,” similarly to its third issue (January-February 2016), dedicated to “Clothing Politics,” is dedicated to a scale of design that, sometimes, goes unnoticed in the examination of this relation: the scale of objects. Our bodies are surrounded by them, wear them, use them, and eat them. They are all precisely designed, and are involved in complex manufacturing systems, yet we often fail to address the political intensity of our interaction with them.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert

Contributors: Jennifer Marley, Bhakti Shringarpure, Pascale Lapalud, Chris Blache, Manar Moursi, David Puig, Karim Kattan, Samir Harb, Françoise Vergès, Charmaine Chua, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza, Unknown Fields (Liam Young & Kate Davies), Embassy for the Displaced, Alix Gallet & Sarah Almaki.

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CONTENTS ///

2 | FROM THE BLOG: “POLICE BRUTALITY IS A HOLLOW TERM”
Léopold Lambert

4 | NATIVE RESISTANCE WITH THE RED NATION
Jennifer Marley

6 | THE WORLD IN PALESTINE, PALESTINE IN THE WORLD
Bhakti Shringarpure

— MAIN /// OBJECT POLITICS
10 | INTRODUCTION
Léopold Lambert

16 | GENDER & URBAN FURNITURE: A BENCH IS A BENCH IS A BENCH?
Pascale Lapalud & Chris Blache

20 | CAIRO CHAIRS: NOTES FROM SIDEWALK SALONS
Manar Moursi & David Puig

26 | “THE MUSEUM WILL BE WITHOUT OBJECTS”
Karim Kattan

28 | RAMALLAH’S MUKATAA: AN ARCHITECTURAL COLONIAL OBJECT
Samir Harb

34 | BANANAS: RACISM, SEX, AND CAPITALISM
Françoise Vergès

40 | THE CONTAINER: STACKING, PACKING, AND MOVING THE WORLD
Charmaine Chua

46 | ARCHIPELAGO: A GLOBAL SYSTEM OF OBJECTS
Gean Moreno & Ernesto Oroza

50 | PHOTOGRAPHY: LANDSCAPES OF COLORS
Unknown Fields

54 | STUDENTS: BACKPACK AND PASSPORT FOR THE DISPLACED
Embassy for the Displaced

56 | STUDENTS: TRICKING BIOMETRICS
Alix Gallet

58 | STUDENTS: THE CONCRETE WALLS OF BAGHDAD
Sarah Almaki