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.

 
FORENSIC EVIDENCE
 

FORENSIC EVIDENCE

Human Rights Project – Bard College and Centre for Research Architecture – Goldsmiths Joint workshop on FORENSIC EVIDENCE Thursday Feb 3rd :  700pm,  Artists Space, 38 Greene st, NYC TK and EW in conversation http://www.artistsspace.org 1315 Susan Schuppli: The Forensic Imagination [ http://roundtable.kein.org/node/1217 ] 1430 Stefan Schmitt (Intl Forensic Program, Physicians for Human Rights) 1700 […]

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Posted in EVENTS, FEATURED, forensic architecture

 
Forensic Architecture: ICTY and the Kosovo Project
 

Forensic Architecture: ICTY and the Kosovo Project

architecture as evidence On 24 March 1999, the first day of NATO’s Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, several buildings were reported destroyed in Djakovica, a city located at the south western region of the country near the border with Albania. In early 1998, Djakovica was part of a territorial network used by the Kosovo Liberation […]

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Posted in FEATURED, forensic architecture, THINK TANK BLOG

 
Forensic Architecture
 

Forensic Architecture

Issues relating to the built environment are entering the courts and media forums of international justice with increasing frequency. This is because the built environment is both the means of violation and a source of evidence that can bear witness to the events that traversed it. Legal claims that are brought to international courts and […]

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Posted in forensic architecture, THINK TANK BLOG

 
FORENSIC AESTHETICS
 

FORENSIC AESTHETICS

MA Brief – 2010/2011 Objects are hieroglyphs in whose dark prism social relations lay congealed and in fragments. They are understood as nodes, in which the tensions of a historical moment materialize in a flash of awareness or twist grotesquely into the commodity fetish. In this perspective, a thing is never just an object, but […]

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Posted in FEATURED, forensic architecture, RESEARCH

 
Eyal Weizman: Forensic Architecture: Only the Criminal Can Solve the Crime
 

Eyal Weizman: Forensic Architecture: Only the Criminal Can Solve the Crime

Paul Hirst Memorial Lecture 2010 Date: 16 June 2010 From: 6.00pm to 7.00pm followed by a reception. Location: Clore Management Centre, Room B01 Free entry; booking required. Please reserve a place by emailing Jason Edwards: j.edwards@bbk.ac.uk http://www.bbk.ac.uk/polsoc/news/current-news/paul-hirst-lecture-2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Posted in forensic architecture, LECTURES & TALKS

 
FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE – 2009/2010
 

FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE – 2009/2010

Forensics Architecture CRA Studio Seminar Brief 2009-2010 / AL, EW, JP, PT Forensics, etymologically, from its Latin source, means “before the forum”, and refers to the practice and skill of presenting evidence before a gathering of citizens in a forum such as a court. On the basis of artifacts, bodies, traces, medical samples, foot/finger prints, […]

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Posted in forensic architecture, RESEARCH

 
Susan Schuppli: On media Evidence
 

Susan Schuppli: On media Evidence

Seminar with artist Susan Schuppli on Media as Forensic Evidence RA STUDIO, 30th of September, 2009 “Perhaps when you cut into the present the future leaks out.” (William Burroughs) – MIXTAPES: In each of the following case studies, a collusion of sorts seems to have taken place between an analogue technology—tape recorder, picture phone, movie […]

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Posted in forensic architecture, LECTURES & TALKS

 
 

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