Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2013. 102 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-6158231-5-7. DOI: 10.21983/P3.0033.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $18.00 in print: paperbound/4.25 X 6.88 in.


Although The Gay Science is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche, Baruch Spinoza could have been the author of a book by the same title. The materialist joy that he describes in his Ethics is an inspiration to all creative disciplines.

The Funambulist Pamphlets 1: Spinoza

The blog The Funambulist: Architectural Narratives, a daily architectural platform written and edited by Léopold Lambert, finds its name in the consideration for architecture’s representative medium, the line, and its philosophical and political power when it materializes and subjectivizes bodies. If the white page represents a given milieu — a desert for example — and one comes to trace a line on it, (s)he will virtually split this same milieu into two distinct impermeable parts through its embodiment, the wall. The Funambulist, also known as a tightrope walker, is the character who, somehow, subverts this power by walking on the line.

The Funambulist Pamphlets is a series of small books archiving articles published on The Funambulist, collected according to specific themes. These volumes propose a different articulation of texts than the usual chronological one. The eleven volumes are respectively dedicated to Spinoza, Foucault, Deleuze, Legal Theory, Occupy Wall Street, Palestine, Cruel Designs, Arakawa + Madeline Gins, Science Fiction, Literature, and Cinema. See all published pamphlets HERE.

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 01_Spinoza includes: The Marxian Reading of Capitalism Through a Spinozist Conceptology — Spinozist Determinism, or How Caesar Could Not Have Not Crossed the Rubicon — Power (Potentia) vs. Power (Potestas): The Story of a Joyful Typhoon — The World of Affects, or Why Adam Got Poisoned by the Apple — The Spinozist Scream: What Can a Body Do? — Applied Spinozism: The Body in Kurosawa’s Cinema — Applied Spinozism: Architectures of the Sky vs. Architectures of the Earth — Architectures of Joy: A Spinozist Reading of Parent+Virilio & Arakawa+Gins’s Architecture — Architecture of the Conatus: “Tentative Constructing Towards a Holding in Place” — The Body as a Material Assemblage in Japanese Martial Arts & Dance as Seen by Basile Doganis — Deleuze’s Wave about Spinoza — A Sunflower Seed Lost in a Wall is Capable of Blowing Out that Wall — Descartes vs. Spinoza: A Personal Reading of Tarp Not Nature — The Weight of the Body Falling — Spinozist Collision — The Weight of the Body Dancing — Spinozist Gravity: The Real Difference between the Old and New Star Wars — Spike Lee’s Dolly Shot: The Inexorability of Immanence.


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