Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, Forensic Architecture is an independent research agency with an interdisciplinary team of architects, artists, filmmakers, journalists, scientists, and archaeologists, which examines the stories that buildings can tell, specifically ruins. The digital recreation of a building that has suffered heavily from war violence and other destruction speaks volumes about the exact events that have occurred in such unfortunate moments. Such evidence, of war crimes, for example, can be used in court cases and human rights reports.
Israeli architect Eyal Weizman leads Forensic Architecture and is Professor of Spatial and Visual Culture at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, and since 2014, he is affiliated with Princeton University. Employing 3D animations, models, and interactive cartography, he has researched reconstructions of war violence in the Gaza Strip using the remains of ruined evidence in an as accurate and accessible way as possible.
Coupled to Weizman's lecture, Femke Snelting of Constant (Brussels) will talk about digital archaeology. Snelting is a designer and artist working at the intersection of design, feminism, and free software. With her research teams Open Source Publishing and Libre Graphics Research Unit, she studies the mutual construction of digital tools and creative practices, as well as the techno-political and socio-emotional relationships of activists to technological practices.
Date: November 6, 20:00
Location: Van Eyck
Photo: Paul Stuart