The law is an apparatus of power that inscribes itself on the bodies. Legal theorist Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos responds to questions, hypotheses and intuitions I have as an architect about the relationship between law, space and bodies. Beyond my own understanding of the law as the diagrammatization of the relationships of power that architecture undertakes to embody through its materiality, Andreas prefer to think of the law as a whole, even including paradoxically the outlaw within its system. In this understanding, we look together at the law’s axioms, its requisites and its signs.
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos is the director of the Westminster Law and Theory Center. He tries to disengage himself from his name and claim his body. This has been proven hard, not least because the name is terribly long and tends to wrap itself around his body. He is regularly sighted funambulising between disciplines, but he cannot forget the law. In July 2012, he contributed to the series The Funambulist Papers with a text entitled “The Funambulist Atmosphere” (see below).
– “The Funambulist Atmosphere” (July 2012) for The Funambulist Papers: Volume 1 (Punctum Books, 2013)
– Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Law and the City, London: Routledge, 2007.
– Hans Lindahl, Fault Lines of Globalization: Legal Order and the Politics of A-Legality, Oxford: OUP, 2013.
– Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677)