MARA-STREAM.ORG

 

MARA-STREAM: forensic architecture

Because violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and human right (HR) conventions are frequently undertaken in cities and by means that deliberately manipulate the elements that constitute their built fabric, this project contends that organizations employing HR and IHL could benefit from a closer engagement with the operational procedures, conceptual assumptions, methodologies, and technologies of urban and architectural analysis. Legal claims of the kind that are brought to international courts and tribunals or made to circulate within the general media often invoke images of destroyed buildings or of menacing new constructions, but these are too often treated merely as self-evident illustrations of atrocity. This project attempts to transform the built environment from an illustration of alleged violations to a source of knowledge about them and a resource through which controversial events and political processes could be reconstructed, analyzed and better understood. The project is driven by the introduction of a new operative concept – “Forensic Architecture” (FA) – which is proposed as a field of practice and as an analytical method for probing the political and social histories inscribed in spatial artefacts and in built environments.

To be undertaken at the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA), a multidisciplinary group of spatial practitioners, this four-year project will employ new technologies and novel forms of spatial analysis in order to query the function of space as evidence within the different forums of international justice. The project is organized around the investigation of several legal controversies, each with a distinct spatial dimension. In site and archival visits and through the use new technologies of spatial, structural, and event modelling, the project will deal with the built environment aspects of violations. By helping to extend the means by which the physical dimension of urban war could be mapped and modelled, FA will help to create new grounds in thinking about IHL and HR as they bear upon built structures and urban environments. The project will result in a web-based interactive platform including original essays and articles, and the visual/measurable material produced by the case study analyses in various formats. The first three years of the project will be concluded with the presentation of a major exhibition in a pre-eminent culture institute and will be accompanied by a large edited catalogue and a symposium.

 
A Memorial in Exile
 

A Memorial in Exile

Orbits of Responsibility for a War Crime from a Bosnian mine to London’s Olympic Park Press Conference Organisers Centre for Research Architecture, Grupa Spomenik, Four Faces of Omarska [PDF] 2 July 2012 Event Press Release [PDF] Opinion Piece by Susan Schuppli http://www.forensic-architecture.org/explorations/a-memorial-in-exile-orbits-of-responsibility-for-a-war-crime/ On July 2 2012 London’s Olympic tower — the ArcelorMittal Orbit — will [...]

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Posted in EVENTS, forensic architecture, UP-COMING

 
Eyal Weizman: The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza
 

Eyal Weizman: The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza

The principle of the “lesser evil”—the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice—has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt’s exploration of the work of the Jewish Councils during the Nazi regime, Weizman explores [...]

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Posted in forensic architecture, NEWS & FEEDS, UP-COMING

 
Forensic Architecture Web-platform Online
 

Forensic Architecture Web-platform Online

http://www.forensic-architecture.org/ Existing at the intersection of architecture, history, and the laws of war, Forensic Architecture refers to an analytical method for reconstructing scenes of violence as they are inscribed within spatial artefacts and in built environments. It employs new modes of technical visualisation to generate complex knowledge about the spaces and histories of violence; transforming [...]

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Posted in FEATURED, forensic architecture, NEWS & FEEDS

 
Gone but not forgotten: Archaeological approaches to the site of the former Treblinka Extermination Camp in Poland – Lecture by Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls
 

Gone but not forgotten: Archaeological approaches to the site of the former Treblinka Extermination Camp in Poland – Lecture by Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls

‘Gone but not forgotten: Archaeological approaches to the site of the former Treblinka Extermination Camp in Poland’. Lecture by Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls, followed by presentation by Eyal Weizman and Susan Schuppli on the field-work of Forensic Architecture in Serbia and Bosnia. Tuesday – 28 FEB – CRA Studio, 2pm. Treblinka in Poland was the [...]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Posted in forensic architecture, LECTURES & TALKS

 
Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics
 

Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics

MENGELE’S SKULL The Rise of Forensic Aesthetics February 4, 2011 – May 6, 2011  @ Portikus Hito Steyerl Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman Paulo Tavares curated by Anselm Franke Opening: February 3, 2012, 8pm Press preview: February 3, 2012, 11am The publication Mengele’s Skull discusses the forensic identification of the remains of infamous Nazi-doctor Joseph Mengele after his exhumation [...]

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Posted in FEATURED, forensic architecture, NEWS & FEEDS

 
Forensic Architecture @ Cabinet
 

Forensic Architecture @ Cabinet

Cabinet magazine issue 43, with a special section on “Forensics” edited in collaboration with Eyal Weizman, available now: http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/43/index.php — Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman consider the legacy of Josef Mengele’s remains — Greg Siegel revisits the scenes of early crime photography — Lawrence Abu Hamdan explores the new frontiers of sonic surveillance — Susan [...]

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Posted in FEATURED, forensic architecture, NEWS & FEEDS

 
Forensic Spaces: Trials
 

Forensic Spaces: Trials

A joint seminar series with the Forensic Architecture ERC Project and the MA Research Architecture Programme TRIAL 01: GUEST SPEAKER: LEIF DAHLBERG Tuesday, November 22nd 2011 2pm – 5pm Goldsmiths RHB 312 Leif Dahlberg received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Stockholms universitet. Before teaching Communication and Media studies at KTH he taught as senior [...]

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

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FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE @ ABITARE
 

FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE @ ABITARE

These days architecture and urbanism increasingly frequent national and international courts. This is because the built environment is turning to become both the means of violation and a source of evidence that can bear witness to the events that traversed them. Legal claims that are brought to courts and tribunals often include images of controversial [...]

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Posted in FEATURED, forensic architecture, NEWS & FEEDS

 
Legal Media
 

Legal Media

Saturday 11 June, 10-6pm Day two of an event in memory of the legal and media scholar Cornelia Vismann, organised by Birkbeck School of Law and the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. Participants include: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Janna Graham, Lynn Turner, Kodwo Eshun, Judy Radul, and Irit Rogoff. A Legal Media Reading and Resource Space [...]

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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PHOTO-LEXIC: The Forensic Dimensions of Photography
 

PHOTO-LEXIC: The Forensic Dimensions of Photography

A One Day Conference & MA Workshop March 11 2011 hosted by the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London in collaboration with the Photo-Lexic, International Research Group, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University. Location NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING (NAB) LG02 Goldsmiths / Time: 1:00-6:00 PM In the past two decades, photography as a discourse [...]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Posted in EVENTS, forensic architecture

 
 

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