La plus grande lutte ne se fait pas contre les forces réelles, elle se fait contre les forces imaginées.
An online seminar
Researching Territories in Pandemic Times
June 24, 2021
h.15:00 (Lisbon time)
The Urban Transitions Hub of ICS-ULisboa and DINÂMIA’CET – ISCTE organise an online seminar on the changing shape of Territories and Territoriality within and beyond the current condition, with the authors of recently published book Animated Lands. Studies in Territoriology (University of Nebraska Press)
Coordination: Andrea Pavoni (DINÂMIA’CET – ISCTE; Urban Transitions Hub)
MEETING ID: 85795819829
Animated Lands. Studies in Territoriology introduces us to a science and topology of territory which seeks to rethink the concept of territory away from its historical fetishisation as mere space, tracing a trajectory which is also different from contemporary directions in geographical thinking wherein territory is assumed as an inert, static and merely extensive domain. Instead, with speculative craft and ingenious examples, Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mattias Kärrholm foreground an understanding of territory that is able to account for its intensive, animated and becoming nature. This seminar aims to discuss the premises of the book within and beyond the current pandemic condition.
- Andrea Mubi Brighenti (University of Trento)
- Mattias Kärrholm (Lund University)
- Andrea Pavoni (DINÂMIA’CET – ISCTE; Urban Transitions Hub)
- Francisco Klauser (University of Neuchâtel)
Happy to be included in Dromologie 01, a new journal of Virilio studies.
my hosted piece in pdf | Brighenti 2021 la vitesse au pouvoir
An online seminar series co-organised with Carlo Brentari. Contact me to get the link for joining the seminar!
April 8 Carlo Brentari & Andrea Mubi Brighenti (Unitn, organisers) – Introduction & Glossary
April 15 Timo Maran (University of Tartu) – Biomimicry
April 22 Christian Borch (Copenhagen Business School)– Mimesis and Society
April 29 Petra Gruber (University of Akron) – Biomimesis and Biornametics in Architecture
Chapter forthcoming in Caterina Nirta & Andrea Pavoni (Eds) (2021) Monstrous Ontologies: Politics Ethics Materiality. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.
+ info | https://vernonpress.com/book/953
Friday February 26, 2021, h.9-11
A seminar given in the series “Chronotopes of the Face”
Full Programme here: Cronotopi_del_volto_FACETS_UNiTO
Écrire, c’est d’abord vouloir détruire le temple, avant de l’édifier.
Cannot keep to myself the joy of discovering this document :
Paper at TCS Philosophy & Literature Conference 2019, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria, May 29th – June 2nd, 2019
Now published in City, Culture and Society
An analysis of the city through its crystallising processes is here proposed. Because crystallisation involves phase transition, a review of the latter, as well of the notion of phase in its relation to order, is first submitted. Then the question is posed: Can we suggest that cities have phases? What would it imply to study cities as “phased beings”, or phased phenomena? Which characteristics of crystalline phases can prove most relevant for cities? The paper explores crystallisation as a lens for understanding spatial order, temporality, individuality and perception in the course, and in the context, of the urban process and urban life.
Urban phases; Urban crystallisation; Crystal growth; Crystalline life; Crystallised cities; Urban perception; Urban individuality
Now Out in Body & Society
Abstract. This piece sets out an exploration of the relations between the city, the body, and the face, seeking to understand in particular how the city and the face could be articulated with reference to an image of the body. It is suggested that the face and the city entertain a kind of privileged affinity. Just as the face unsettles the head and the bodily system to which it belongs, projecting the latter into an intersubjective social system of interaction and signification, so the city unsettles the land where it is located, projecting it into long-distance connections with similar entities scattered across the continent, and beyond. The piece evolves into the twin exploration of, on the one hand, “the city of the face” and, on the other, “the face of the city”. In the first half of the essay, the city is conceptualised as politeía, or polity, whereas in the second half it is characterised through its possible encounter with the experience of “facing”. The piece stresses the animistic attitude and the qualitatively distinct moments generated by the animistic operation as important to develop the city-face notion.
Keywords: face; head; city; landscape; identity; territoriology; Deleuze
Now out at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ssic/58/2
Measurements and their limits – Editorial
David Jaclin, Peter Wagner
Umwelt-measures. On extensive and intensive measures: Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’
Andrea Mubi Brighenti
Ethical dimensions of quantification
Wendy Espeland, Vincent Yung
Commensuration, compromises and critical capacities: Wage determination in collective firms
Evaluations as value-measurement links: Exploring metrics and meanings in science
Felicitas Hesselmann, Cornelia Schendzielorz
The role of measurement in theorising about the world
Nicole Holzhauser, Frank Eggert
When reactivity fails: The limited effects of hospital rankings
con Cristina Mattiucci
Now Published in Tracce Urbane – https://ojs.uniroma1.it/index.php/TU/article/view/14556
ITA: A partire da un focus sulle aree interne dell’Euregio (regione transfrontaliera Tirolo, Alto Adige e Trentino), in questo articolo proponiamo un’interpretazione dell’abitare i territori montani marginali come “interstizi”. Descriviamo anzitutto alcuni processi socio-spaziali osservati in situ, presentando alcune realtà sociali complesse, i cui modelli abitativi, scelte insediative e forme dell’abitare si confrontano dinamicamente con fenomeni multi-scalari. La “condizione interstiziale” dell’abitare emerge in particolare attraverso un processo di decostruzione dell’immagine ufficiale del territorio, analizzando le frizioni che animano tale condizione nella tensione tra l’assetto istituzionale regionale e locale da un lato, e le pratiche di vita dall’altro.
ENG: Starting from a focus on the inner areas of the Euregio (cross-border region encompassing Tyrol, Alto Adige and Trentino), in this paper we propose an interpretation of dwelling in marginal mountain territories as ‘interstitial’ dwelling. First, we describe some socio-spatial processes observed in situ. These are complex social worlds, where housing models, settlement choices and forms of living dynamically interact with multi-scalar phenomena. The ‘interstitial condition’ of dwelling emerges, in particular, by deconstructing the official image of the territory. Analysing the frictions that animate the interstitial condition sheds some light upon the tension between regional and local institutions and life practices.
pdf here : brighenti-mattiucci-2019-aree-interne
Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’
The whole Special Issue is due to appear soon…
A Keynote Address at the Urban Creativity Conference, Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund, Sweden.
May 17, 2019, 3pm
This talk interrogates the nature of the urban public domain by specifically attending the intensities and the phases it generates. A comprehensive view on the phenomenon of publicness, it is suggested, is required to attend its ecological facet – more precisely, as it will be seen, its multi-layered ecology – but also to explain its intrinsic vital qualities. The latter hints to the phenomenon of intensity. After reviewing the main features of publicness (“what is specifically public in public space?”), a broader picture of the public domain can be sketched that includes the processes of mediation. But whereas mediation suggests a ‘continuist’ take, a discontinuities can likewise be detected in the public domain. Coining from physics, the latter could as well be called ‘phase transitions’. How are phase transitions correlated to the intensive moments of publicness? This is the pivotal question for discussion.