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Technology, Heritage and Social Justice: Forensic Architecture

Saturday 4 May 2019


Forensic architecture embedded photographs and videos gathered mainly from social networks and online sources within the 3D Model to reconstruct the story of the “Black Friday” battle on August 1, during the2014 Gaza war in which many Palestinian civilians were killed by massive Israeli shelling.

Forensic Architecture (FA), founded in 2010 by Professor Eyal Weizman, is a multidisciplinary research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London, which is committed to the development and dissemination of new evidentiary techniques and the gathering and presentation of advanced spatial analysis in legal, political, and cultural forums. In recent years, FA has undertaken, together with and on behalf of the victims of human rights violations, a series of international investigations, spanning events from war crimes to instances of politically and racially motivated violence to the destruction of cultural heritage in conflict. 

Sarah Nankivell, Manager of Forensic Architecture, will introduce FA’s methodologies through the discussion of recent investigations, with a focus on those where FA’s techniques have been used to evidence heritage destruction caused by contemporary conflict and environmental damage. This talk will also explore how, as aesthetic interrogations of contemporary social and political processes, FA’s work has increasingly come to engage and intersect with a range of cultural and artistic spaces. 

This talk is programmed as part of our CINE partner meeting to investigate technology, heritage and environmental justice.

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Forensic Architecture is a multidisciplinary research group based at the University of London that uses architectural techniques and technologies to investigate cases of state violence and violations of human rights around the world. The group is led by architect Eyal Weizman.