Nothing but a few signs, like stars in an immense black night: clandestinity and night-faring practices in the Underground Railroad

Edwin Hergesheimer, Map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states of the United States. Compiled from the census of 1860. Washington: Henry S. Graham, 1861

The text focuses on how clandestinity, understood as the articulation of spaces of secrecy and invisibility, is traversed by a singular form of architectural knowledge centered on embodied practices. A set of minor know-hows playing with the lines of the visible world while understanding the material effects of individual and collective bodies, all founded on... View Article


Invisible Maps: Minor Architectures as Ecologies of Signs

Study for 'Blind Man's Buff' (1811), by Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841)

We cannot avoid the touch of the world. Presence emerges out of an ecology of signs; traces with different textures and surfaces that index any given encounter. That’s why we can think of embodied or invisible maps which are not drawn (inscribed) on paper, but on our bodies. They are affective images as Spinoza defined... View Article


Un Punto Cualquiera Situado hacia el Medio (A Random Point Located towards the Middle)

An opportunity to share the experience of a workshop on Maps as instruments of (dis)orientation led in the School of Arts SUR from 2016 to 2020. Departing from the words from Franz Kafka, «las cosas que se me ocurren no se me presentan por su raíz, sino por un punto cualquiera situado hacia el medio»,... View Article


Material Fuzziness: Landscape as Operational Background

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The natural condition of the human being is exteriority, being exposed and affected. As Spinoza wrote, ‟it is impossible forthe human being not to be a part of nature”. We cannot protect ourselves in isolation and confinement, that will only bring gloom and impotence. This is why the modern biopolitical project has relied on the... View Article


Cuerpos Anestesiados y Estéticas de lo Clandestino en el Interior Totalizante del Capitalismo Contemporáneo

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El ser humano es pura exterioridad. Nuestra condición natural es la exposición pues, tal y como escribía el filósofo holandés Spinoza, “es imposible que el ser humano no sea una parte de la naturaleza”. No podemos protegernos en el aislamiento y el encierro. Siempre somos en nuestros encuentros, de donde se sigue que siempre estamos... View Article


Exception and the Rebel Body: the Political as Generator of a Minor Architecture

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Following the Iranian elections in 2009, the city of Tehran experienced a wave of protests to denounce alleged irregularities in the electoral process. As the streets were lined with police chasing protesters, they climbed to the city’s rooftops to express their disagreement. Thus, every night a chorus of voices intoned the same chants their parents’... View Article