Arte e territorio
Touch the Earth lightly
This year’s edition is themed around nomads, neo-nomads, nomadizing etc.
Hosted exciting lectures by Les Roberts, Tali Hatuka, Alice Brombin and Andrea Pase.
Among other things, I’m still pondering about the work of the great land artist Robert Smithson – http://www.capacitedaffect.net/?p=1490
‘The Mimetic Turn’ Conference Programme Published
April 20-22, 2022 – online
+ info | https://hiw.kuleuven.be/hua/events/conferences-workshops/mimetic-turn/index.html
my talk | : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dXJ_Lj9Umg
Animated Lands – Q&A
How did your book come together?
Animated Lands is a book that encompasses different case studies, but they are all strongly integrated into a single research programme. We got to know each other over a decade ago, and soon started collaborating around our shared interest for understanding social-spatial phenomena. We have since been organising seminars, attending conferences, lecturing together, and paying research visits to each other to bring the project to completion. We have not started from a single theory, a paradigm, or anything of that sort, but mostly from passion, as well as from an expanding curiosity for the topics we were stumbling upon along the way. A number of themes started resonating, took speed, and at some point we felt the book was just ripe.
What’s the central claim?
Over time, we increasingly realised that, in urban and architectural studies, territory – or if you want, more simply, land – was an underrated notion, yet one with a lot of potential. So we picked up an old word, ‘territoriology,’ and tried to use it in a new sense. Seeking to retrieve and revive a science that was born under positivistic auspices, and dealt with politically charged phenomena, we thought that we also needed to warn the reader against the possible regressive uses of these notions, and how easy it is to get trapped into a certain worldview. That’s why we have striven to promote a different take on the life of territories – what they are about, what they accomplish. To counter gloomy and regressive views, we sought to foreground aspects of vitality, spontaneity and unpredictability that are ever-present in territory-making.
What is your favorite book? Why?
We do not have a favourite book in the absolute sense, but there are some books to which it is always a pleasure to return to. One is, inevitably, Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. It’s a book that’s impossible to read from start to finish, simply because it is itself unfinished, and made only of fragments. Together with all the other urban essays by Benjamin (including masterpieces such as Berlin Childhood around 1900), returning to Arcades never fails to provide fresh inspiration, intuitions and emotions. It’s more than cultural theory and urban history – to our minds it is actually sustained, fully accomplished territoriology.
What book would you recommend right now?
The list could be quite long! We are constantly looking for inspiration across the domains of literature, philosophy, the humanities, as well as social and life sciences. But for one, Bruce Chatwin’s short-prose collections What Am I Doing Here? and Anatomy of Restlessness are colourful, charming explorations into how territorial life generates its own inherent deterritorialistions. Chatwin’s forays into what he called ‘the nomadic alternative’ encompass, stories, encounters, documentations, self-analyses… ‘Why – he famously asked – do I become restless after a month in a single place, unbearable after two? (I am, I admit, a bad case.)’ Questions like this one are the sort of powerful, provocative questions we like to engage with.
…more territoriology! Animated Lands is, above all, an invitation. Rather than launches and presentations, we envisage to put the book directly to use in practical workshops, where participants could experiment their own way into inquiring territories. Most rewarding for us would be to learn that some other scholars and readers are similarly using our book this way, as a possible blueprint for carrying out further fresh research into the many facets of social-spatial life.
A tree in winter
The New Politics of Visibility — Edited Collection
UPDATE: Now on GoogleBooks – Preview of Introduction is available : https://www.google.it/books/edition/The_New_Politics_of_Visibility/_b_3zgEACAAJ
We’re at proofs stage. Due out later this year.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Issues in the Visible
Andrea Mubi Brighenti
1. The Political Geometries of Visibility: Ranks of Seeing in the Digital Age
2. Coded Visions: Datafied Visibilities and the Production of Political Futures
Mikkel Flyverbom and Frederik Schade
3. Urban Information Environmentalism
4. Mediated Visibility and Recognition: A Taxonomy
João C. Magalhães and Jun Yu
5. The Democratization of Visibility Capital: Face in the Age of Its Automated Technical Reproducibility
6. Rewilding the City: Urban Life and Resistance across and beyond Visibility
AbdouMaliq Simone and Morten Nielsen
7. Strategies and Tactics of Visibility: The Micro- Politics of Vulnerable Migrant Groups during the Pandemic in Brussels
Mattias De Backer
8. Reframing Marginality in Trans Politics: Towards an Ethics of Differentiation
9. Open Science as an Engine of Anxiety: How Scientists Promote and Defend the Visibility of Their Digital Selves, While Becoming Fatalistic about Academic Careers
On Stranger Lands – playlist
Imitation, metamorphosis, becoming: A comparative social-theoretical sketch
Happy to join Nidesh Lawtoo’s Mimetic Turn upcoming conference. Especially looking forward to hearing from the distinguished keynotes. On my turn, I’ll be contributing some reflections about
Imitation, metamorphosis, becoming: A comparative social-theoretical sketch
Abstract. In my talk, I would like to address the relation between three notions that share significant similarities, but also exhibit crucial differences: these are Gabriel Tarde’s imitation, Elias Canetti’s transformation (Verwandlung), and Gilles Deleuze’s becoming (devenir). Tarde, whose work spanned the 1890s, is famously associated with the idea that social life is essentially imitative in nature, and although imitation does not truly exhaust his whole conception, it is amply elaborated and variously illustrated throughout his work. Both Canetti, writing in the 1950s, and Deleuze, through the 1960s and 1970s, seem to have subsequently deployed mimetic-like notions in their respective research; at the same time, both have been careful to remark how their conceptions remained distinct from the notion of imitative behaviour. My aim here is thus to compare and analyse these three notions, so as to untangle a little bit their complex, dense relations.
+info | https://hiw.kuleuven.be/hua/events/conferences-workshops/mimetic-turn
L’invisibilité sociale en question – Colloque
Happy to join this upcoming conference at Paris-Nanterre – January 13-14, 2022
+ info | https://ireph.parisnanterre.fr/
Commonality – A Canettian Inquiry
Happy to join the Symposium TEMPORARY – Citizenship, Architecture and City organised by Vando Borghi and Andrea Borsari, on Thu, Nov 11, 2021.
full programme here
+ info | https://da.unibo.it/it/eventi/temporary-citizenship-architecture-and-city-1
New Territoriology Seminar – Fall 2021
Co-organised with Carlo Brentari @unitn.
Andreas Oberprantacher (U of Innsbruck) Political Territories and Borders
Carlo Brentari (U of Trento) Konrad Lorenz e i fondamenti dell’etologia animale
Shelley M. Alexander (U of Calgary, CA) Coyote Territories
Anna Marson (U IUAV di Venezia) Il territorio nella pianificazione
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A quote from Gaston Bachelard
La plus grande lutte ne se fait pas contre les forces réelles, elle se fait contre les forces imaginées.
Science evaluation – As it is, as it could be
A short commentary on evaluating science, now published in Social Science Information: https://doi.org/10.1177/05390184211021205
RESEARCHING TERRITORIES IN PANDEMIC TIMES
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)
La vitesse au pouvoir – Cahiers Paul Virilio
Happy to be included in Dromologie 01, a new journal of Virilio studies.
+info | http://www.eterotopiafrance.com/catalogue/la-vitesse-cest-letat-durgence/
my hosted piece in pdf | Brighenti 2021 la vitesse au pouvoir
Mimicry: Understanding a social-natural phenomenon
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
Monster-Measures and Monstrous Values. A short reflection on the foundations of individual-environmental theory
Chapter forthcoming in Caterina Nirta & Andrea Pavoni (Eds) (2021) Monstrous Ontologies: Politics Ethics Materiality. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.
+ info | https://vernonpress.com/book/953
A seminar on “The Face and the City”
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
Atmosfere e politiche urbane – a seminar at IUAV
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A quote from Maurice Blanchot
Écrire, c’est d’abord vouloir détruire le temple, avant de l’édifier.