Theory, Culture & Society 23(2-3): Problematizing Global Knowledge (2006)

31 August 2016, dusan

In this special issue the TCS editorial board, along with colleagues in East and South-East Asia and other parts of the world, ventured in ‘encyclopaedic explorations’ in order to “rethink knowledge under the impact of globalization and digitization. The issue features over 150 entries and supplements on a range of topics which are addressed in terms of their relevance to knowledge formation, by contributors writing from a wide range of perspectives and different parts of the world. The entries and supplements are gathered under three main headings: metaconcepts, metanarratives and sites and institutions.”

Edited by Mike Featherstone, Couze Venn, Ryan Bishop and John Phillips, with Pal Ahluwalia, Roy Boyne, Beng Huat Chua, John Hutnyk, Scott Lash, Maria Esther Maciel, George Marcus, Aihwa Ong, Roland Robertson, Bryan Turner, Shiv Visvanathan, Shunya Yoshimi
With an Introduction by Mike Featherstone and Couze Venn
Publisher Sage, 2006
616 pages



Valerie Olson, Lisa Messeri: Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing an Epoch (2015)

25 August 2016, dusan

“As “the Anthropocene” emerges as a geological term and environmental analytic, this paper examines its emerging rhetorical topology. We show that Anthropocene narratives evince a macroscale division between an “inner” and “outer” environment. Th is division situates an Anthropocenic environment that matters in the surface zone between Earth’s subsurface and the extraterrestrial “outer spaces” that we address here. We review literature in the sciences and social sciences to show how contemporary environmental thinking has been informed by understandings of Earth’s broader planet-scaled environmental relations. Yet, today’s Anthropocene conversation draws analytic attention inward and downward. Bringing in literature from scholars who examine the role of the extraterrestrial and outer environmental perspectives in terrestrial worlds, we suggest that Anthropocenic theorizations can productively incorporate inclusive ways of thinking about environments that matter. We argue for keeping “Anthropocene” connected to its spatial absences and physical others, including those that are non-anthropos in the extreme.” (Abstract)

Published in Environment and Society, 6, 2015, pp 28-47
20 pages



Stano Filko: Poetry on Space – Cosmos (2016) [Slovak/English]

29 July 2016, dusan

Stano Filko (1937-2015) was a key figure in the Slovak neo-avant-garde, associated primarily with environment, installation, happening, and action. In his work he developed a cosmology structured by three principles: red (biology, eroticism, life, 3D), blue (cosmos, the unknown, 4D), and white (transcendence, God, 5D). He spent the 1980s as an émigré in the United States.

This catalogue documents an exhibition focusing on his work from the 1960s-70s, held at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava from June-September 2016.

Edited by Lucia Gregorová Stach and Aurel Hrabušický
Publisher Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, 2016
ISBN 9788080591977
97 pages


PDF (6 MB, updated on 2016-8-22)
Audio guide for the exhibition (Slovak/English, added on 2016-8-22)

Beatriz Colomina (ed.): Sexuality & Space (1992)

25 June 2016, dusan

The first book-length publication dedicated to a comprehensive discourse on sexual identity within the discipline of architecture. Based on a symposium held at Princeton University School of Architecture in March 1990.

Publisher Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1992
ISBN 1878271083, 9781878271082
389 pages
via Dubravka

Reviews: Elizabeth Wilson (Harvard Design M 1997), Nadir Lahiji & D.S. Friedman (AA Files 1999).
Commentary: Samuel Ray Jacobson (master’s thesis, 2013).


PDF (9 MB)

continent. 4.3: Intangible Architectures (2015)

1 October 2015, dusan

“This issue of continent. deals with the theme of intangible architectures. While in keeping with the theoretical and experimental nature of previous issues, this release intends a balance with an urgent grounding in current events, political schemas and areas of research that demand broadened dialogue. An underlying conversation represents some response to the tension that is enabled through systems that shape experience, behaviour and meaning – examining the imprints and traces that are left on our beings by these forms.

In some cases, this tension is manifest as social violence, where political and economic conditions are inseparable from the cultural expression of these structures. The idea of intangible architectures as political agents may relate to emergency states, militarised environments, questions of statehood and national borders, and the patterns of self-determining communities (Paul Boshears, Charles Stankievech, Ethel Baraona Pohl, César Reyes Nájera, Léopold Lambert). Architectures that are not yet constructed, and the rhetoric used to justify or oppose such development, are also revealing of the philosophy of private developers and communities of resistance (Lital Khaikin, Nathan Medema).

We may then find, after encountering these most immediate forms of intangible architectures, the spatial manipulations of social and intimate behaviour, laws, experiences, and memories. Architectural structures that do exist may yet conceal more complex frameworks, which exude laws that are autonomous to their initial, intended use. These subtle systems are encountered in liminal and transitory zones of city space, in artist-run exhibition spaces, in the homes that we recreate in our memories, in the emotional symbolism we create from structural space (Paolo Patelli, Giuditta Vendrame, Simone Ferracina, Sophie-Carolin Wagner, Tiara Roxanne).

But then, may we go deeper to find traces, mirrors of these intangible architectures, within language and more abstract experience of atmosphere? Do the systems by which we begin a construction of our understanding of the world – from phonemes to the cartographies that are charted in sonic atmosphere – not also shape our behaviours and relationships to space? (Kaie Kellough, Jason Sharp, Orit Halpern) In all cases, we are asked to consider the manifestations of structures that determine our experiences, interpretations and relationships to space. Let these be public or intimate – they engage the imagination equally, challenging us to think about the way these imprints affect our shared presence and relation to all beings.” (from Editorial)

Edited by Lital Khaikin, Paul Boshears, Jamie Allen, and Matt Bernico
Publisher continent., September 2015
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
ISSN 2159-9920


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