continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 4.3 / 2015
Letter from the Editors
Lital Khaikin, Paul Boshears, Jamie Allen, Matt Bernico
While in keeping with the theoretical and experimental nature of previous issues, this release intends a balance with an urgent grounding in current events, political schemas and areas of research that demand broadened dialogue. An underlying conversation represents some response to the tension that is enabled through systems that shape experience, behaviour and meaning – examining the imprints and traces that are left on our beings by these forms. 
A Tale of two cities: The archipelago and the enclave
Ethel Baraona Pohl, César Reyes Nájera
The enclave rises out of the complexities of social organization within the city. Shards of the encompassing city, these exclusionary communities refract the broader facets and agencies of economic segregation. Can the mutable shape and character of self-determining communities transcend the architectural division of social class and hierarchies of power?  
Kaie Kellough
Language is an architecture of comprehending being. AlphabetA destroys this fundamental structure, the genesis of communication, the origin and great transformer of perception. Sound poetics and saxophone toss sonic essence through the sieve of tonal play, musing over its place in the body and against rhythm.
Remus has to die
Léopold Lambert
The myth of fratricide, as of Remus and Romulus, is a modern multiplication of violence that distinguishes all geopolitical borders. Death is the origin of the nation-state. Statehood remains the catalyst for architectural DOMinion, from plurality into singularity. From two into one.
A Draft for Asinabka
Lital Khaikin
A narrative mirror of appropriation and erasure reveals the rhetoric of legal and public discourse around Windmill’s corporate ZIBI development on unceded Algonquin land. A vision of a nation sold – rivers dammed, water privatised, the sacred disremembered, the rich honoured. A project of documentary and archival reconstruction, A Draft for Asinabka references experimental poetics, where fragmentation tells a history on the precipice of past and present.
The Falls from Here
Nathan Medema

The division of intimate place and person is the violence of urban densification. The body reaches to the land through the senses. Sonic experience reveals an invisible political reality to architectural development. In the specific geopolitical context of unceded and contested Algonquin territory of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, The Falls from Here brings attention to the silencing of a river and the inaccessibility of land.

Cloudy Architectures
Orit Halpern
A journey through the heavens and earth of data through the algorithmic, Orit Halpern conjoins the psychosphere with the infosphere, via the technosphere. Systems designed to help us work with and against one another, are brought into service as listeners and lovers, dancers and machines of desire. In the end, it is what is imagined that counts, even as it is counted.
Choreographies of Everyday Friction
Paolo Patelli, Giuditta Vendrame
The scripts of law are drafted into our public bodies. Structural architecture imprints upon flesh a quiet  definition of movements and gestures, unconscious reactions, behaviours and anticipations. What happens when the laws become a game? What happens when we redefine the rules as the visible surface of a playing field, blurring the distinction between unthinking movement and a conscious submission as participants?
Blake Blake Blake
Simone Ferracina
In punishment for an unstated crime, Blake’s existence is reduced to a sinister re-experiencing of his memories. He has replicated into copies that invade, permeate, and recur within the confines of his most intimate time and space. By denormatizing the interior of his room, Blake notices that he can change the behaviour of his copies…
Art Space Archaeology
Sophie-Carolin Wagner
The historical failure of neutrality is perhaps the last worm in the empty corpse of Modernism. A first step in a curious archaeology of the white cube, Art Space Architecture considers the restriction of sensual experience in artist-run centres. Why do self-governing art collectives insist on replicating the sterility of the institution?
Tiara Roxanne
The weight of trace, that drips from structure. A memory encased in material – the constant desire to contain, to orchestrate the transient. Is memory. Flesh against the hardest material. What becomes of the energies that move against form?
War as a Problem of Foreknowledge
Paul Boshears, Charles Stankievech
Charles Stankievech presents his fieldwork—research into the technologies and architectures of the twentieth century global north—as uncanny self-portraits of the societies that built those structures. So presented, these peripheral spaces and exceptional technologies can be understood as generating the cores of the societies that commissioned those outlying structures and technologies.