Colonialism

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PublisherFall Semester2014
As the Israeli bombs stop raining on Gaza and, with them, the outrage that this recent chapter of the continuous siege on this small land of Palestinian territory triggered, the last thing that we should wish is that things “go back to normal.” The normal is unacceptable, since it is made of the same violence than the bombings, only in a less spectacular manner. Throughout this text, I propose to use the oxymoronic phrase of “normal violence” in order to describe the (infra)structural subjection imposed on the Gaza inhabitants.
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The first episode of the series Corona Under the Ocean is dedicated to Oceania. Did you know that the Pacific Ocean was named so by Ferdinand Magellan, referring to his feeling that the sea was dull over there? In this conversation Greg Dvorak, Professor of International Cultural Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, reflects on how the colonizer’s view has affected the region and, on how the word indigenous needs to gain even more political meaning.
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The eighth episode, with professor and anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelli, begins with her idea of axioms of existence, which put in crisis the abstract and universalist condition of Western philosophy. The ocean is not far from Western epistemologies and ontologies. In fact, it is totally entangled in them thanks to their intimate—and strategically invisible—relationship with colonial history and violence. The notion of geontopower, coined by Povinelli, critically revises the Foucauldian notion of biopower. The fictional but real frontier between life and non-life is a political frontier in continuous expansion, even beyond Earth. This podcast is the result of a conversation between ...
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Tuesday, December 19th, 7pm Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at BAM Next Wave Festival Featuring Danielle Dean, Millie Kapp and Noah Furman Danielle Dean is an interdisciplinary artist whose works use fiction and the aesthetics of advertisement to engage and historicize the media and cultural processes that colonize the mind and body. Drawing on her multinational background—born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, and brought up in a suburb of London—her work explores technology, architecture, marketing techniques, and the media as tools of subjection and oppression. Dean received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and attended the Whitney ...
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dpr-barcelona is an architectural research practice based in Barcelona, dealing with three main lines: publishing, criticism and curating. Their work explore how architecture as discipline reacts in the intersection with politics, technology, economy and social issues. Their publications, both digital and printed, transcend the boundaries of conventional publications, approaching to those which are probably the titles of architecture in the future, exploring the limits between printed matters and new media, transforming traditional publishing practice [as we know it] into a live exchange of knowledge. Their [net]work is a real hub linking several publications and actors on architecture and theory.
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The ninth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of a conversation with Christina Sharpe, scholar of English Literature and Black Studies. Author of the books Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects(2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), she is currently a professor at York University in Toronto. Her voice appeared earlier in several episodes of the Phenomenal Ocean: Corona Under the Ocean 2020 podcast series. Astrida Neimanis, Filipa Ramos or Elizabeth Povinelli mentioned her work in the different conversations from the ocean and towards the waters. In the Wake is a book Sonia Fernández Pan ...
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PublisherRe.Press2014
Without exception, everyone is called upon today to construct his/her patriotic identity as a response to the supreme imperative of our shared whiteness: ‘act as if the land were initially without owners’. For white Australia, this imperative is more primordial than the usual formulation of the call to patriotism: ‘be prepared to sacrifice yourself for your country’, since patriotic sacrifice presupposes that one already has a country to which one is devoted. The imperative of whiteness touches the depth of our ontology since it is from this that the white collective springs as the creator of the white Australian nation-state. ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
As discussed in the previous conversation with Alejandro Grimson, Argentina is built on a myth of Europeanness, thus concealing its indigenity from its national narrative. This conversation with Axel Lazzari introduces us to the historical and current political situations of the indigenous populations in Argentina. We begin by addressing the very terminology we use and the power of naming as a means of control. Axel then provides us with a short account of the European colonization of the indigenous land, subsequently enforced by the mapping of the territory. We look at the three historical maps below to understand the controlled ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
Ann Laura Stoler and I begin this conversation by introducing the political context lexicon (see below) that she co-curates and edits. We then discuss the work she had done around the colonial management of sexuality and reproduction. The existence of the métis (mix-blooded) child in the colony renders more complex the binary distinction between colon citizens and colonial subjects. Biology is nevertheless not merely the only site of recognition for the colonial administration, behavior is also extremely important in the access to citizenship. We examine how space, whether corridor or school, is built to accommodate the administrated behavior of the colony. Finally, Ann gives us a ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2017
Samia Henni and I recorded this conversation after a visit of her exhibition, Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria at ETH University in Zurich. In it, we attempt to introduce the historical context of the Algerian Revolution between 1945 and 1962, as well as the French architecture of counter-revolution designed against it, in particular the so-called “regrouping” camps in which the population of entire villages of rural Algeria were forcefully relocated by the colonial army. We also discuss of the challenges of curating such an exhibition when most of the available documents come from the colonizer side, as ...
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PublisherPunctum Books2013
The Funambulist Pamphlets is published as part of the Documents Initiative imprint of the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design, a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings. Volume 06_Palestine includes: Introduction: Cartography of a Colonial Politics of Space — The Palestinian Archipelago: A Metaphorical Cartography  of the Occupied Territories — For a More Embodied Vision of the Occupation: The Israeli Settlements in the West Bank Through Palestinian Eyes — ...
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In this episode Tessa Mars, a Haitian visual artist living and working in Port-au-Prince, talks about her practice as a performance that is not limited to the living body. The ancestors she is specifically referring to are those heroes of the Haitian Revolution, enslaved peoples who famously rose up against and defeated French colonial rule and the system of slavery there.

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