Thursday, November 25, 2010


A particularly fine video (amazingly, it seems it was shot with only one camera) of the Catalan tradition of building castells:

There's much to be said here about bodies, tall buildings, sovereignty, and community. Indeed, in some ways these castles are almost literal embodiments of the famous frontispiece to Hobbes's Leviathan. A multitude constitutes the temporary illusion of sovereignty.

So what's fascinating is the discipline and coordination invested in the construction of these human towers. But also their inevitable precariousness.


Jaume said...

<span>Next time you come to Catalonia, we can go there together ;) </span>

Jon said...

Jaume, yes!