The city as a narrative dispositive

1. The city and its imaginary: from the urban as spatial form to the urban as a signifying whole

Since its appearance in the second half of the XIX century, the metropolis has not been limited solely to the physical space occupied by its buildings, streets and squares – however enormous, crowded and complex that space may be. Neither the city and its more simple and ordered form can be reduced to the spatial extension defined by its walls. One could think as a prerogative of the homo sapiens the capacity to transform an activity at first simple and natural as inhabiting into an articulated form – stratified of meaning, values and functions of a social, political, economical and cultural nature. Read More

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Ard Al Amal, or the utopian image between Damascus and Cairo

After conducting a long research work into the use of social networks in the Syrian conflict—and after staying in Cairo during the Tahrir Square protests—the collective Foundland, already guest and contributor of Krisis | Orientation, investigates again the collective visual imaginaries taking form in Arabic societies in a period of strong political, social and religious infighting.
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From conservation to representation: new approaches to the idea of archive

According to the public opinion, the term “archive” means and designates the collection of documents and materials—public as well as private—destined to be preserved; and thus also the place where these are stored and systematized—ordered according to specific criteria. Thus the archive would refer to an activity of conservation and preservation from the natural deterioration process, in order to hand down and leave to posterity a certain body of information and descriptions. In this sense, the archive fulfills the function of preserving and transmitting the historical memory. Read More

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L’Odissea Errante – Workshop

During March 2013 Professor Giorgio Camuffo invited us to hold a workshop within the Visual Communication course taught by him at the Free University of Bozen – Bolzano. The workshop, lasting three days, consisted in an investigation around the different modes through which the theme of disorientation reintroduced each time itself within visual culture—and culminated with the production of various posters and of a little publication.

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Syria now / Amsterdam then

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Foundland realized a visual essay on the 24th issue of Graphic Magazine, dedicated to the city of Amsterdam. The intervention consists in a visual comparison between the Dutch resistance during the Second World War and the Syrian rebels opposing Assad’s regime today.

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Facebook: A Revolutionary Tool?

For more than a year most nations—being them democracies or regimes—have been witnessing the rise of protest movements “from below”. From Spanish Indignados to the Occupy movement, up to the Arab Spring, thousands of people raised their voice to call into question the effectiveness of people’s sovereignty in front of authoritarian regimes or big industrial and financial powers. A constant feature of these movements has been the use of the new social networks as instruments to mobilize and inform, as well as to extend the debate. Read More

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Design Fiction

Julian Bleecker, designer, futurologist and specialist in technology, explains his idea of Design Fiction, a practice exploring the symbolic relation between science fiction, science, technology and society. In other words: in which way the science fiction imaginary interferes and collides with the planning and development of technology?

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Dis-orientation poster, by Foundland

On out invitation, Foundland—graphic design studio composed by Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander—designed four posters for the collective exhibition L’Edicola, participating together with Unità di Crisi to the presentation of the next issue of Krisis magazine and thus introducing the topic of orientation crisis.

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Furio Jesi. The mythological machine and collective imaginary

Furio Jesi was a mythologist, germanist, historian, translator, militant critic. After his untimely death at 39 years of age, his thought and work has become an essential contribution for anybody interested in the issue of myth, through “an intense essayistic activity concerning the myth in Antiquity, its modern resurgences and its political technicalization during the 19th century. Read More

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Nakatomi Space

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Starting from the Die Hard movie as an architectonic premise, thefts, lock-pickings and robberies represented and narrated by 20th century’s movies open a new approach to the city, to its uses, its imaginaries. In an article by BLDG BLOG

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Masks

Among American sports imported to Mexico, wrestling is the one with the largest audience. Actually lucha libre—that’s its Mexican name—has some technical and sociological features that distinct it from its Yankee version. The luchadores are quite proud of their diversity.

A famous wrestler of the 90’s, named Mascara Sagrada, recently admitted to consider as a shame the fact that, mostly due to television demands, the discipline is increasingly resembling North American wrestling. It is a matter of identity. Read More

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Enacting Populism

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Headed by three artists—Francisco Camacho, Luigi Coppola e Danilo Correale—and organized by AIR Antwerpen in association with Extra City, Enacting Populism is an ongoing project that will end in February 2012. The project raises from a simple realization: since the fall of Berlin’s wall the new European political parties, founded on a populist approach—and often oriented toward right—have been winning the trust of an ever increasing segment of the population and the constituency. Read More

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