(Specters) Jean-Baptiste Vidalou: Être Forêts

Jean-Baptiste Vidalou. Être Forêts. Habiter des Territoires en Lutte. Paris: La Découverte / ZONES, 2017. Territories in upheaval. Fighting territories. Resisting territories. The French expression en lutte can be translated into many nuances, and they all fit Jean-Baptiste Vidalou’s book Être Forêts, “to be forests”. While this title quite literally describes the main locus of interest,… Continue reading (Specters) Jean-Baptiste Vidalou: Être Forêts

Subtractive Subjects

Colonialism has eaten worlds and smartified commons on an unprecedented and lasting scale, one well explored by legions of authors (and to which later posts will return). To think of the multiple territorialities of the Smart City, one may return to the colonial city. Not the segregated city of parallel territorialities, but its self-administered international… Continue reading Subtractive Subjects

Hello GhstRmnEmpire

In the GhstRmnEmpire, the city is more than ever the interface between bodies and capital. Post-Cyberspace, the long analog history of creating citizens through physical violence, corporeal cruelty and the cybernetic inscription of control and extraction into flesh continues into ever more complex permutations. As the digital weaves into our environment and organisms independently of… Continue reading Hello GhstRmnEmpire