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Haus der Kulturen der Welt
15.03. - 05.05. 2014
Exhibition and conference
In the framework of THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT 2013 - 2014
From tracing fingerprints to tracking Internet activities, forensics is central to the ways by which states police and govern their subjects. Through its media representations it has also become a defining feature of contemporary culture. FORENSIS seeks to invert the direction of the forensic gaze and designate the emergence of new aesthetic-political practices by which individuals and independent organisations use new technologies and architectural methodologies to bear upon a range of issues from political struggle to violent conflict and climate change.
The exhibition, curated by Eyal Weizman and Anselm Franke, presents the work of the Forensic Architecture project at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes the presentation of forensic investigations - involving imaging processes, satellite images, 3D visualizations, models and videos - mobilised as evidence on behalf of prosecution teams, civil society organizations, activists, human rights groups, and the United Nations. These contemporary forensic practices are situated within broader political, historical, and aesthetic contexts. More...
The case studies and investigations encompass forensic reconstructions of drone attacks in the shadow war in Pakistan; investigations into resource exploitation and environmental destruction, taking examples such as Chilean and Indonesian copper mines; reconstructions of the failure of NATO ships to assist refugee boats; and historic case studies, including the identification of Joseph Mengele's remains in Brazil in 1985. More...
In the conference "The Architecture of Public Truth", internationally renowned lawyers, judges, activists and authors discuss how new types of forensic techniques alter the institutions of international justice and thus the fields of politics. The list of participants includes, among others, Jonathan Littell, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Baltasar Garzón, Michael Sfard, and Wolfgang Kaleck. Further case studies will be discussed in Sunday sessions with Shahzad Akbar, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Luis Fonderbrider, Markus Rothschild and others. More...
March 15 - May 5, 2014
Opening: March 14, 2014, 6 pm
The Architecture of Public Truth
March 15 and 16, 2014
FORENSIS is a joint project of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Capital Cultural Fund), and Forensic Architecture, an ERC-funded research project at the Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Education program in collaboration with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and supported by the Embassy of Argentina.