Gabriel Tarde's Monadology and Sociology →
Monadology and Sociology, Tarde’s 1893 book, is now available from re.press, as an open access pdf. From re.press: Gabriel Tarde’s Monadology and Sociology, originally published in 1893, is a remarkable and unclassifiable book. It sets out a theory of ‘universal sociology’, which aims to explicate the essentially social nature of all phenomena, including the behaviour of...
Gilles Deleuze from A to Z →
From Semiotext(e): Gilles Deleuze from A to Z Gilles Deleuze, Claire Parnet and Pierre-Andre Boutang Translated by Charles J. Stivale Although Gilles Deleuze never wanted a film to be made about him, he agreed to Claire Parnet’s proposal to film a series of conversations in which each letter of the alphabet would evoke a word: From A (as in Animal) to Z (as in Zigzag). These DVDs, elegantly ...
Bruno Latour's new website →
Reclaim Resi[lience]stance →
CFP: Log 25, “Reclaim Resi[lience]stance, edited by Francois Roche.
Parrhesia, Issue 12 →
Issue 12 of Parrhesia, which includes essays by Meillassoux, Lyotard and others, is available for download.
STUDIO Magazine Issue#01 "[from] CRISIS [to]" →
RRC studio architects is proud to announce you that STUDIO Magazine Issue#01 is OUT now! The theme of this issue -[from] CRISIS [to]- is the Crisis as a turning point, as a decision moment that involves also the urban contexts. Contributions have been written by several international architects, critics, photographers and artists: Bernd Upmeyer (MONU magazine),...
Filip Dujardin →
HORIZONTE N° 4 Release
Horizonte – Journal for Architecture, No. 4, “Building Matters” is now available in Germany and from Motto. Read more (in deutscher Sprache) at Arch+.
Artists Documentation Program →
The Artists Documentation Program (ADP) interviews artists and their close associates in order to gain a better understanding of their materials, working techniques, and intent for conservation of their works. All interviews are conducted by conservators in a museum or studio setting. NOTE: access to the interviews requires registration.
Villa Flaming Lips →
A Cock and Bull Contest →
Peter Sloterdijk's Bubbles, the First Volume of... →
From Semiotext(e): Bubbles Spheres Volume I: Microspherology Peter Sloterdijk Translated by Wieland Hoban If I had to place a sign of my own at the entrance to this trilogy, it would be this: let no one enter who is unwilling to praise transference and to refute loneliness. —from Bubbles An epic project in both size and purview, Peter Sloterdijk’s three-volume, 2,500-page Spheres is the...
Quiz: Which Metaphor Best Captures Your Personal... →
Answer: A bathroom in a hipster bar from which the mirror has been removed because it caused excessive self-consciousness in its patrons
Herzog & De Meuron →
I just discovered that Herzog & De Meuron finally have an official website. However, after a few minutes frustratingly clicking around, I have to say I preferred the obstinacy mystery of the firm sans site.
Let me ask you what brought you to Spinoza? […] “I read through a...– Bernard Malamud, The Fixer
Fishing With Spinoza Fishing with Spinoza is about the two friends, Jude and Ruby who are out fishing for a legendary fish, called Moby. To kill time they engage in a conversation about Hemingway, the movie “Wild at Heart” and the controversial philosopher Spinoza. When suddenly, Jude is snatched out of the boat and into the depths of the lake, Ruby jumps in to save his friend...
Essences, perhaps, have imprisoned themselves, have enveloped themselves in...– Gilles Deleuze, Proust and Signs: The Complete Text, trans. Richard Howard (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000) 44.
Ceci n’est pas une rêverie: The Architecture of... →
From the YSOA press release: A retrospective exhibition celebrating the creative life, work and spirit of the eminent architect and educator Stanley Tigerman will usher in a new term at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, 180 York Street, on August 22. Titled, “‘Ceci n’est pas une reverie’ [This isn’t a dream]: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman” ...
Mediocre actresses must weep in order to signify grief.– Gilles Deleuze, Proust and Signs: The Complete Text, trans. Richard Howard (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000) 39.
It was only by following the course time prescribed that we could hasten through...– W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz, trans. Anthea Bell (New York: Vintage, 2001) 12.
The Aesthetics of Architecture: Philosophical...
Essays featured earlier this year in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism’s special issue on The Aesthetics of Architecture are available free for download. Paul Guyer’s essay on Kant’s small but meaningful contribution to architectural aesthetics is particularly interesting (if a tad inconclusive).
Spatial Agency →
From the (rather extensive) spatialagency website: Spatial Agency is a project that presents a new way of looking at how buildings and space can be produced. Moving away from architecture’s traditional focus on the look and making of buildings, Spatial Agency proposes a much more expansive field of opportunities in which architects and non-architects can operate. It suggests other ways of...
“The problem of architecture as I see it,” he told a journalist who...– Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (Back Bay Books,  1999) 159-161.
Maybe it's the (Folk) Art
Why is it always the architecture’s fault? A New York Times piece, after compiling a litany of misfortunes experienced by the Folk Art Museum, including bad investment decisions, broken promises from art collectors (the most prominent of whom is now in prison) and departure of key employees, the article concludes by taking the safe road in blaming the architecture: Some critics have...
Such complexes of fortifications, said Austerlitz, concluding his remarks that...– W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz, trans. Anthea Bell (New York: Vintage, 2001) 18.
Network Awesome is a great repository of…well…a little bit of everything: Network Awesome is a platform for entertaining and interesting TV. We spotlight the best from the past to create something new for the future. In a sense it’s TV about TV but our wider intent is to show something about culture as a whole. This can manifest itself in a kids cartoon from 1973, an interview...
Theft of Mona Lisa 100 Years Later
FT has some thought on the historic theft and a profile of its perpetrator: The other day I went to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. I wasn’t the only one. From the moment you enter the museum, you see signs pointing to her smiling face (or as W. Somerset Maugham called it, “the insipid smile of that prim and sex-starved young woman”). You walk into the room where she hangs and find a...
Star's O'Mighty Green
STAR strategies + architecture has an ongoing project “O’Mighty Green”, which has fun with the insidious hyperbole of the sustainability movement. The best part of their manifesto is the copious use of the word “green”, which is employed the way the Smurfs used the word “smurf”. Of course, the comic irony in their manifesto is also dramatic irony when...
5th International Deleuze Studies Conference 2012 ... →
Ethics & Aesthetics of Architecture & the... →
Call for papers for a conference from July 11th-13th 2012 at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: […] Interestingly, even within the specialised architecture discourse, the aesthetic is largely discussed on the basis of an object’s appearance. Yet, the aesthetic is not limited and should not be limited merely to the way things look. Any philosophically informed aesthetician, will contest this...
Saatchi online →
2011 Zombie Safehouse Competition
The registration deadline for the urgent competition is September 2, 2011.
IEP's recent entry for "Philosophy of Film:... →
Learning from Editors
Here is an interesting consideration of film editing as the craft of making decisions…incessantly…and its lessons for design. The final lesson was this: I was standing there. The editor spent his day making decisions and micro-manipulating image and sound. The director would sit with him and make suggestions and together they would continually shape and re-shape the film; they...
The 2012 Telos Conference: Space: Virtuality,... →
CALL FOR PAPERS: January 14-15, 2012 (New York City) Every day we see examples of how the Internet has released us from the bounds of our spatial rootedness and opened up new virtual landscapes for people all over the world. Everything near and far has become equally accessible, and spatial distance is no longer the limitation that it once was. But as much as the Internet and new forms of...
Ideas of Place and Particularity →
Interesting call for journal essays on “Ideas of Place and Particularity”: For the June 2012 issue of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the various philosophical, literary, artistic, and political expressions of place and particularity which have led to and are part of our time. Place and particularity may be emphasised practically or addressed theoretically; in both...
Bernard Stiegler on "Man and Technics"
“Now come fire!”, is the first chapter of The Ister, “In which the philosopher Bernard Stiegler conjugates technology and time.”
Sagrada Familia damaged by Fire →
Ann Hamilton Tower
Arch Daily recently published images of a tower designed by Ann Hamilton and featuring an interesting double-helix design “imagined as a space for performance” (presumably of the climactic scene from Vertigo). Double helix stairs allow for performers on one stair and audience on the other, letting the two intertwine but never come into direct contact as the stairs wind up the...
Michael C. Munger's "10 Tips on How to Write Less... →
An older, but still relevant, article from the Chronicle of Higher Education with excellent advice and observations from Munger
Deleuze Bibliography →
Charles Stivale has posted a relatively comprehensive and updated bibliography of works by and on Gilles Deleuze.
Alain Badiou Dictionary →
Form and Formalism’s series of entries for a forthcoming Badiou Dictionary.
Geoff Dyer on his hero, Friedrich Nietzsche →
I keep waiting for my love of his writing to wear off, but it never does. Actually, love is not the right word – you can go on loving writers long after you’ve stopped reading them. I keep reading Nietzsche and I never cease to be astonished by his insight, his freshness, his brevity (deep problems treated like cold baths: in and out as quickly as possible), his profound plumbing of...
Radiohead's The King of Limbs →
Deleuze on "Foucault's major achievement"
This is Foucault’s major achievement: the conversion of phenomenology into epistemology. For seeing and speaking means knowing [savoir], but we do not see what we speak about, nor do we speak about what we see; and when we see a pipe we shall always say (in one way or another): ‘this is not a pipe’, as though intentionality denied itself, and collapsed into itself. Everything...