Classical techniques of confinement have dramatically expanded, their domains of oppression building upon historical forms of institutional violence. From the virus to the room, the screen, and the municipality, todays social separations create new modes of behavior. The archaic media format of the drawing has the potential to trace and express the current environment and its rapidly changing conditions. Paradoxically, the drawing has been resurrected with growing attachments to screens. The flatness of paper adapts itself to any given digital device, but not without efforts and opportunities of translation. 

Curators
gta exhibitions (Fredi Fischli, Irma Radoncic, Simona Mele, Niels Olsen, Megan Rolvien, Sara Sherif, and Jeremy Waterfield)
e-flux Architecture (Nick Axel and Nikolaus Hirsch)

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Armature Globale
Apparently, we are cursed. In early September, they call. “We need an exhibition display for a show to be viewed remotely. Optional lockdown, no...
Alessandro Bava and Lydia Ourahmane
In 2019, I started working on a project to reinforce a wall, which is still in progress. The wall divided the corridor from a room at Residency...
Aristide Antonas
In her text about Afro-pessimism and its intellectual consequences, Catherine Malabou calls for a different understanding of life in prison than...
Nick Axel: As you move through this series of drawings, you start to realize you’re moving through a landscape, one that’s inscribed with...
Michel Kessler
Covered in vaseline, polycarbonate, and mylar tape, the circular compound eye of knowledge occupies spaces and dreams, zones and fields, areas and...
Alberto Lule, Savannah Ramirez, Rosie Rios, and Nathaniel Whitfield
Nathaniel Whitfield The university and the prison both exist as metaphors and metonyms. As part of the Underground Scholars Initiative and the...
This text takes form through a spatial and (ever)special dialect. 1 Liminal spaces between letterforms and words are (re)inhabited to extend...
On December 1, 2020, when the result of the Covid-19 test performed twelve hours earlier came back positive, I was transferred to a secure...
Somewhere between the stereotomic stonework of classical architecture and the “service cavity” logic of the modern plenum wall lies a different...
The diffuse house is the archetypal form of domestic space under late capitalism. The diffuse house operates 24/7. The diffuse house is...
Jack Self
Every night on this planet, about six percent of humans sleep in tents. We can guess this figure based on the 1.6 billion who lack adequate...
Inside Outside
The three of them were summoned to the parlor. As per the protocol, they would from there on out be addressed as Subjects A, J, and P,...
Space Popular
Six degrees of separation is the theory that humans are always six or fewer social connections away from one another. Six degrees of freedom...
Manuel Gnam
Meghan Rolvien At first, every landscape presents itself as immensely chaotic. Your maps question territorial realities and present a certain...
Pedro Pitarch
The Homogenizing force of capitalism is incompatible with any inherent structure of differentiation: sacred-profane, carnival-workday,...
Pezo von Ellrichshausen
This is a large and a small building at the foot of the Andes mountains. In fact, it is an aggregate of twelve different buildings separated from...
On December 7, 1927, Antonio Gramsci reached the island of Ustica after five attempts to cross the sea from Palermo. He was the fifth political...
Samia Henni
1 9:00–10:00 am Reinsurance, call 115, distribution of exceptional travel certificates, medical appointments, contact tutor for budget...
Léopold Lambert and Roanne Moodley
Sara Sherif How did your work against the violence of prisons with The Funambulist begin? Léopold Lambert I think it started from an...
An illustration of loneliness, togetherness, sameness, selflessness, laziness, asceticism, libertinism, domestication, inhabitation,...
sub and Celeste Burlina
Dear xxxx, I hope everything is well. I moved in. It is a bit strange. The space is immense. The place here is organized so the...
Nick Axel How has Forensic Architecture’s work with witnesses evolved over the years? Eyal Weizman In our first experiments, we were...
Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck
Prologue I A schedule. Planning for a project. And to make things clearer, some things are put in color. Not just in color. Outline and...
To build a public building was to create a place for citizens to gather. To build a house was to create a place for a family and friends to be...
As the destruction of the environment deepens and broadens, leaving no leaf unturned, we continue to perform what once took place inside...
Catherine Malabou
The Prison of Language In his inaugural lecture for the opening of the Chair of Semiology at the Collège de France in Paris (1977), Roland...
Lydia Xynogala
We are outfitted with senses that convey the surfaces of things…our ways of probing the viscera of the world is to turn them into yet more...
Ilze Wolff and Anonymous
Black desire Enclosed Clouded, shrouded, 10, 11, need Chapter 6 Health MY PRESENT STATE OF HEALTH ‘My...
Design Earth
Dream House The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh tells a story of the journey to the Cedar Forest. On each day of the six-day journey, King...
Nikolaus Hirsch Your drawing is an axonometric representation of the Cape Coast Castle, a building outside of Accra, the city where you have...
e-flux Architecture and gta exhibitions
Confinement is a collaborative exhibition taking place both online at e-flux Architecture and on site at ETH Zürich, curated by gta...
Category
Bodies, Drawing, Architecture
Subject
Covid-19, Police & Prisons, Everyday Life

Confinement is a collaborative exhibition curated by gta exhibitions and e-flux Architecture, supported by the Adrian Weiss Stiftung and the ETH Zürich Foundation.

Contributors
  • e-flux Architecture and gta exhibitions Editorial
  • David Adjaye The Building Transforms You
  • Design Earth Volcano Dreams
  • Ilze Wolff and Anonymous Black Peace on Earth
  • Lydia Xynogala Reflections from the Cave
  • Catherine Malabou Life and Prison
  • Traumnovelle Life Beyond Architecture
  • Itsuko Hasegawa An exercise of formally structuring a house
  • Jan de Vylder and Inge Vinck Home
  • Eyal Weizman The Architecture of Memory
  • sub and Celeste Burlina (no subject)
  • Dogma Ichnographia Cellae
  • Léopold Lambert and Roanne Moodley On the physical violence of architecture
  • Samia Henni Unhoused
  • 2A+P/A Disappear like a stone sinking into the ocean
  • Pezo von Ellrichshausen Luna House
  • Pedro Pitarch The Age of Oxymorons
  • Manuel Gnam Lake Gullible
  • Space Popular Phantomis.land
  • Inside Outside Sorry to inform you
  • Jack Self Campos
  • MAIO The Diffuse House
  • MILLIØNS The Temperamental Interior
  • Philippe Rahm The End of the Anthropocene
  • Andres L. Hernandez fugitive choreographies: trickster’s escape-ism, or, RBBT resists a sticky snare, or, bramble bred and bound by the bounce
  • Alberto Lule, Savannah Ramirez, Rosie Rios, and Nathaniel Whitfield The University and the Prison: A Dialogue
  • Michel Kessler Memory Wheels
  • Sumayya Vally Choreography of a Procession
  • Aristide Antonas Fake Exterior Folds
  • Alessandro Bava and Lydia Ourahmane Reconstituting Enclosure
  • Armature Globale Dislocated Display Drama
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