Perec and Benjamin visit Lübeck

Arriving with the spring, Walter Benjamin and Georges Perec decided to visit Lübeck. This city, that was before the capital of the Hanseatic League and an important commercial enclave for more than four centuries, is nowadays a sleepy conglomerate of elements where nothing seems to occur. Although Lübeck is the most prominent German port over… Continue reading Perec and Benjamin visit Lübeck

Looking for dragons in the streets of Berlin, Paris and New York City (I)

At least three times per week I like to play a game that I call killing dragons. The game is based on the famous cartographic sentence Hic sunt dracones, (here be dragons) that was used into some medieval maps to make a reference to unexplored territories. The activity consists in looking at the Berlin Transportation… Continue reading Looking for dragons in the streets of Berlin, Paris and New York City (I)

Looking for a free table. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (II)

In the first part of this post, I described a territory being decomposed by the action of different groups that were acting there, creating temporal relationships among them and the space they were affected. In other words, I presented how some elements were territorializing (dominating and transforming) a specific place. In this second part, I… Continue reading Looking for a free table. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (II)

Decomposing the front yard of a library. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (I)

Many years ago, when I still lived in the metropolitan of Medellin, I was a punk. As a member of that subculture, I used to go with my punk friends to punk places. One of those places was a library. Well, the outside patio of the library: a big brightly and made of cement area… Continue reading Decomposing the front yard of a library. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (I)