Frédérique Aït-Touati

Frédérique Aït-Touati is a science historian, theater director, and Research Fellow at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research).

  • Terra Forma

    Terra Forma

    A Book of Speculative Maps

    Frédérique Aït-Touati, Alexandra Arènes, and Axelle Grégoire

    Charting the exploration of an unknown world—our own—with a new cartography of living things rather than space available for conquest or colonization.

    Forthcoming from the MIT PressThis book charts the exploration of an unknown world: our own. Just as Renaissance travelers set out to map the terra incognito of the New World, the mapmakers of Terra Forma have set out to rediscover the world that we think we know. They do this with a new kind of cartography that maps living things rather than space emptied of life and available to be conquered or colonized. The maps in Terra Forma lead us inward, not off into the distance, moving from the horizon line of conventional cartography to the thickness of the ground, from the global to the local.

    Each map in Terra Forma is based on a specific territory or territories, and each tool, or model, creates a new focal point through which the territory is redrawn. The maps are “living maps,” always under construction, spaces where stories and situations unfold. They may map the Earth's underside rather than its surface, suggest turning the layers of the Earth inside out, link the biological physiology of living inhabitants and the physiology of the land, or trace a journey oriented not by the Euclidean space of GPS but by points of life. These speculative visualizations can constitute the foundation for a new kind of atlas.

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  • Forms of Assembly

    A Critical Inquiry

    Anne Davidian and Laurent Jeanpierre

    A crossdisciplinary inquiry into the practices and forms of assembly making, through multiple times and geographies.

    How does the spatial organization and architecture of assemblies promote or hinder debate and collective decisionmaking? What are the material, rhetorical, and affective devices involved in forms of assembling? Through which scripts and rituals does an assembly become an ephemeral collective or an institution?

    From ancestral practices in the indigenous territories of Brazil to the forgotten legacy of the communal assemblies of medieval Europe, from global experiments in radical democracy to the material history of parliaments “from above” and “from below,” Forms of Assembly makes the form of the assembly the specific object of a crossdisciplinary inquiry. Exploring and weaving together the aesthetic, anthropological, historical, and political aspects of assembly making, it questions the implications of forms on our political imaginary and agency, challenging the ways in which people gather, and how these forms of gathering shape how they think, speak, and act together. 

    Forms of Assembly features commissioned texts and conversations with artists, architects, cultural theorists, social scientists, and organizers that provide original perspectives on the subject, as well as a selection of experimental assembly designs, including three new proposals specially conceived for the publication.

    Texts by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Hans Asenbaum, Jean-Godefroy Bidima, Patrick Boucheron, Manolo Callahan, François Coorens, Pascale Dufour, Tallulah Frappier, Delphine Gardey, Stacey Liou

    Conversations with Frédérique Aït-Touati, Piersandra di Matteo and Florian Malzacher; Sandra Benites, Ana Terra Yawalapiti and Pablo Lafuente; Laura Lavin and Alana Gerecke; Catherine Malabou and Laurent Jeanpierre, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Markus Miessen, Philippe Urfalino and Laurent Jeanpierre

    With contributions by Markus Miessen, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, raumlabor, Andreas Angelidakis, Decolonizing Architecture Art Research (DAAR), G1000, Sandi Hilal, Bruno Latour, Jonas Staal, Sumayya Valli

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