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International audience Our paper deals with the visibility and imageability of contemporary space in social, political, ethical and aesthetic terms, bringing into play philosophy, art, architecture and the city. To this end, we explore the concept of ‘dispositive’, and show how its ambivalence places it somewhere between visibility and non visibility, imageability and imaginability – depending on whether it is being considered by those on the side of controlling authorities, instigators of its critical development, or on the side of creative dynamics, as agents of a loss of control. The paper opens with a philosophical approach, discussing “From surveillance to control” (Heidegger, Foucault) and “the reversibility of the dispositive“ (Deleuze, Latour). “From the object to the thing” then moves on to more practical scenarios: Val d’Europe (fiction under control), Dan Graham and Gwei (art plays around with coercion), Philippe Rahm (a floating field of attraction), and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (effectiveness of the third eye).

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