The politics of spatiality in experimental nonfiction cinema: Jonathan Perel’s ‘Toponimia’

by Patrick Brian Smith A whole history remains to be written of spaces – which would at the same time be the history of powers – from the great strategies of geopolitics to the little tactics of the habitat. – Michel Foucault[1] We are just as much spatial as temporal beings … our existential spatiality […]

Reaching out!: Activating space in the art of Olafur Eliasson

Heading for the exhibition’s main hall, I finally reach a series of rooms where the floors have been covered with rock and gravel. I am hesitant at first, lingering by the doorpost before I tentatively step out onto the otherwise empty riverbed landscape. The experience is bewildering in all its simplicity. Making my way through […]

Representations of Madrid in the (post-)transition to democracy

by Vicente Rodriguez Ortega Introduction Historians date the beginning of the Transition to democracy in Spain in 1975 – the year of Franco’s death. However, there are multiple periodisations in regard to its end: the passing of the Constitution in 1978, the democratic election in 1979, the 1981 coup d’état, or 1982, the year in […]

Orbital ruins

by Lisa Parks Thousands of satellites and space objects have fallen back to earth since the space age began. In May 1968, the Nimbus B-1 weather satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Santa Barbara. The fallen satellite was recovered, intact, from the bottom of the Santa Barbara channel, but its […]

The intangible ground: A neurophenomenology of the film experience

by Adriano D’Aloia The constitution of a spatial level is simply one means of constituting an integrated world: my body is geared onto the world when my perception presents me with a spectacle as varied and as clearly articulated as possible, and when my motor intentions, as they unfold, receive the responses they expect from […]