Initiated in 2015 as a print and online magazine, The Funambulist does not understand architecture as the authored design of inhabitable sculptures, but rather as the discipline that organizes bodies in space. With such a perspective, we have attempted to detach ourselves from architecture as a discipline and have focused instead on formulating spatial approaches to anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, queer, trans, feminist, anti-ableist political struggles and that against which they fight.
For this book commissionned by the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, we have invited 20 regular readers (many of whom are also contributors) of The Funambulist to pick, among the many texts we published in our 22 first issues, the one that appeared to them as the most politically useful. We are republishing these texts here, as well as their introductions, written by these 20 guests.
In addition to this, we asked five Chicago-based activists to write about the spatial politics of their city in relation to settler colonialism, the municipality, the police, the real estate pressure, as well as the school system. At a crucial moment following the change of administration, this appeared to us as the most politically useful thing we could do to propagate the voices of those active on the ground.
The print version is also available at the Chicago Architecture Biennial bookstore.
The Funambulist by its Readers:
Political Geographies from Chicago and Elsewhere
Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Managing editor: Suzanne Labourie
Graphic Design & Infographics: Jehane Yazami
Editorial Assistants: Sara Clark and Nadia El Hakim
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Nzuzi Waco
Chicago Activist Contributors: Patricia Nguyen, Jesse Mumm, Maira Khwaja, Benji Hart, and Anjulie Rao
Funambulist Readers: Deborah Cowen, Javier Arbona, Nadia El Hakim, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Margarida Nzuzi Waco, Ella Martin-Gachot, Tomi Laja, Dubravka Sekulić, Flora Hergon, Ana Naomi de Sousa, Ladipo Famodu, Niloufar Tajeri & Gal Kirn, Akil Scafe-Smith, Omar Berrada, Aya Nassar, Charmaine Chua, Noelle Geller, Chanelle Adams, Amrit Justin Trewn, and Jussi Parikka
Funambulist Contributors: Nick Estes, Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia, Anthony Tutugoro, Deborah Cowen, Sonia Vaz Borges, No Anger, Mawena Yehouessi, Desirée Valadares, Sabrien Amrov, Laleh Khalili, Charmaine Chua, Hacène Belmessous, Ana Naomi de Sousa & Antonio Brito Guterres, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Tentative Collective, Mohamad Junaid, Christina Sharpe, Rasheedah Phillips, Momoyo Homma, and Patrick Jaojoco
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