Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona)

Barcelona, 28 April – 15 October 2017

This exhibition presents the work of the architects, artists, filmmakers and investigative journalists who make up the Forensic Architecture agency at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as that of its collaborators and guests. Established in 2010, Forensic Architecture uses architectural analysis, models and animations as investigative tools, primarily for the production and presentation of spatial evidence in the context of armed conflict and political struggles. This evidence is presented in political and legal contexts, including international courts, truth commissions, and human and environmental forums.

Both ‘forensics’ and ‘architecture’ refer to well-established disciplinary frames. Brought together, they shift each other’s meaning, giving rise to a different mode of practice. While architecture adds an essential method of investigation, forensics demands that architects pay the closest attention to the materiality of the built environment and its media representation.

This exhibition spans part of the museum’s second floor. The one-hundred-metre-long back wall, traversing the entire exhibition across three galleries, has been conceived of as an extended essay that echoes the investigations included in the galleries, presenting the kind of theoretical and methodological reflection that contemporary investigative aesthetics demands today. The investigations are arranged according to scale, beginning with the human body and moving through rooms, buildings and cities to territories and oceans, from micro-analysis to the scale of the planet – the ultimate forensic object, which human-induced climate change has transformed into both a construction site and a ruin.

While exploring the development and transformation of the investigative practice that bears its name, the exhibition challenges us to consider how contemporary artistic practices and media technologies can be geared up to engage this reality of post-truth.

Exhibition co-produced by MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and MUAC, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City.

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Images: Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics, 2017, exhibition view © Miquel Coll

Exhibition Team

  • Eyal Weizman
  • Rosario Güiraldes (curator)
  • Anselm Franke
  • Christina Varvia

Graphic Design

  • Other Means

Forensic Architecture Team

  • Christina Varvia (research coordinator)
  • Susan Schuppli (research coordinator)
  • Francesco Sebregondi (research coordinator)
  • Samaneh Moafi
  • Stefan Laxness
  • Hana Rizvanolli
  • Nick Axel
  • Jacob Burns
  • Steffen Krämer
  • Ana Naomi de Sousa
  • Ariel Caine
  • Reiner Beelitz
  • Samir Harb
  • Zahra Hussain
  • Blake Fisher
  • Shourideh C. Molavi
  • Gustav A. Toftgaard
  • Camila E. Sotomayor
  • Vere Van Gool
  • Dorette Panagiotopoulou
  • Rosario Güiraldes
  • Hania Halabi
  • Pierre-Francois Gerard
  • Nestor Rubio
  • Simone Rowat
  • George Clipp
  • Yamen Albadin
  • Stefanos Levidis
  • Omar Ferwati
  • Nichola Czyz
  • Jason Men
  • Andrea Rota
  • Franc Camps-Febrer
  • Nicholas Masterton
  • Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
  • Sarah Nankivell

Further Works By

  • Susan Schuppli
  • Lawrence abu Hamdan
  • Paulo Tavares
  • Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani
  • Hannah Martin
  • Hagit Kaisar
  • Ariel Caine
  • Nabil Ahmed
  • Harun Farocki
  • Giulia Bruno
  • Jan Kiesswetter
  • Giuseppe Lelasi
  • Armin Linke
  • Alina Schmuch
  • Thomas Keenan
  • Ines Weizman
  • Shela Sheikh
  • Marim abu Mad’im
  • Salim al-Tu¯ri
  • Oren Ziv
  • Gilles Peress
  • Richard Helmer
  • Yve Alain Bois
  • Godofredo Pereira

Collaborators

  • Jamon Van Den Hoek
  • Kent Klich
  • Rossana Padeletti
  • Sabine Llewellyn
  • Laure Vermeersch
  • Ana Naomi de Sousa
  • Eduardo L. Cadava
  • Chris Cobb-Smith
  • Situ Research
  • Amnesty International
  • Princeton University
  • MA in Forensic Architecture / Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Caroline Sturdy Colls
  • A Satellite Studio
  • Grupa Spomenik (Monument Group)
  • Xavante community of Wederã (Pimentel Barbosa)
  • Francisco Caminati and Wederã Media Lab
  • Debbie Farber
  • Umar al-Ghubari / Zochrot
  • Nouri al-Uqbi
  • Aziz al-Turi
  • Sayakh al-Turi / Al Araqib village
  • Hagit Keysar / Public Lab
  • Activestills
  • Chris Woods / Airwars
  • Nuriya Oswald and Mohammed Abdullah / Al Mezan
  • B’Tselem
  • Alice Ross
  • Jack Serle / Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ)
  • Edmund Clark
  • Andreas Schüller / European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
  • Michael Sfard
  • Emily Schaeffer / Michael Sfard Law Office
  • Mauricio Corbalan and Pio Torroja / M7red
  • Baltasar Garzon and Manuel Vergaras / FIBAR
  • Watch the Med
  • Doctors without Borders (MSF)
  • UN Special Rapporteur for Counter Terrorism (UNSRCT)
  • Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (HKW)
  • ScanLAB Projects
  • Gaza’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing
  • DCI-Palestine
  • Robert Jan van Pelt

Funders

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • Centre for Research Architecture
  • Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

 

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