Lights still on

September 8-9, 2017 It was almost midnight and the air was freezing due to some sporadic showers during the night. I was seated on a black concrete bench in front of an empty spot undergoing remodeling between the pedestrianized Broadway Avenue and W. 47th Street. After midnight, when the area is less transited, a group

Old Urban Question Revisited (and Reconstructed)

The best way to start this post is by highlighting the exact element I pointed out at the begging of the last review: Merrifield’s capacity of concretion. Despite the second chapter of The New Urban Question, “Old Urban Question Revisited (and Reconstituted),” has no more than 16 pages, its author’s ability to be precise allows

Haussmann’s ambivalence

In a notable effort of concretion, Merrifield has condensed in 138 pages of his The New Urban Question (TNUQ) a tremendous amount of theory on urban studies. It is essential to highlight that this is a text of theory, of political theory, because Merrifield’s book, in general terms, gives the sensation of being connected but

Feedlots (Fields)

I immediately connected with Mishka Henner’s work. It turned out we were interested in the same kind of content, resources, and message. The (huge)difference is the media we both chose. Feedlots (2012-2013) is a compilation of seven images Henner found on Google maps that shows the impact of industrial and long-scale cattle racing on the Texan soil

Deep Weather

We are about to approach an experimental audiovisual exercise based on flattening and relating elements. Those elements are stabilized entanglements composed of many other kinds of things, different times, and spaces. Notwithstanding, despite the tremendous heterogeneity of objects, situations, and magnitudes, all of those elements are immersed —as well as trapped— in a common narrative:

Potential Worlds

It is a beautiful and well-designed book. At the same time, it is a disturbing collection of essays and art exhibitions about the epoch we are currently living in. Potential Worlds stabilizes and keeps together a mixture of views and impressions from different art fields and schools of thought such as object-oriented ontology, eco-feminism, and

Exhibitions

The idea behind exhibitions is simple: an organized collection of stuff composed in order to produced something in the spectator’s eye. They are centers of curiosity, linking a wide variety of semiotic elements as invitations to explore, seek and interact with all kinds of devices and artifacts. I have always been interested in exhibitions, all

Let us face it, you will get lost

Yes, eventually, you will get lost exploring this piece of research, and that is okay. This labyrinth was designed with that intention too. Otherwise, what would be the point of a device like this one? Nevertheless, there is more than just a didactic reading-experience behind the usage of a labyrinthine structure for constructing this piece

Ontological incompleteness

Reality, as Benjamin (2003[1982]) projected Nietzsche’s idea of Eternal return (2001[1882]; 2006[1883]), is a tricky movement of perpetual recurrence. The same concepts of immanence and incompleteness can be found in Deleuze’s difference (1994[1968]) and in Borges’ circularity[1]. The conceptualization of difference in Deleuze —strongly tied to repetition— is inspired, among other things, by Borges’ story

Concomitance and dissimilarity

What can STS learn from Times Square for doing ethnography? Let us begin this section by exploring an ontological complication[1] (OC). This OC was stated in the noun of the sentence above, the main question this research adresses: STS. Is STS a valid subject? That question becomes relevant when brought in line with a couple

Event | STS Congress

On Thursday, and during the meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, I plan to present a paper named “Designing Multimodal Artifacts for Exploring Urban Life. An Experimental proposal between Times Square and I.” My intentions with that talk are to

XXX Times Square with love

Times Square has a collection of fascinating pieces of furniture. Most of those furnishings were designed by well-known designers, architects or artists, so the combinations they projected onto those objects, a mix of usability, symbolism and aesthetic, blended with multiple possible responses to usability by the actors outside, make those elements interesting devices to be

Happy new year!… in September

Walking around Times Square one can see all manner of dressed and costumed people. Some, mostly informal workers, are dressed like Disney characters or other franchised superheroes. There are naked women painted with the colors of the American flag and fake Buddhist monks that, from time to time, walk around the plaza giving away “free”

Seducing and trapping

It does not matter what you may think about Times Square, you cannot deny the place has a strong ability to capture things: bodies, glances, capital, emotions, opinions. The plaza’s attractiveness is revealed in many scenarios: Its screens and media; its history; its many representations in popular culture; its location; its activity, tradition, tensions contradictions

A virtual walk

I want to invite you to participate in a short spatial transmutation exercise. Once you finish reading each paragraph, please close your eyes and imagine you are in the middle of Times Square experiencing all the situations you are reading here. Times Square is a place surrounded by skyscrapers full of intermittent lights and blinking

Reducing the principle of Irreduction

As Graham Harman (2009) pointed out, the second part of “The Pasteurization of France (Latour, 1988), Irreductions, is perhaps the most philosophical work of Bruno Latour: ” ‘Any argument about my “philosophy,”’ Latour writes, ‘has to start with Irreductions, which is a totally orphan book.’” (Harman, 2009: 12). The philosophical content of Irreductions is also