Eyal Weizman | Principal Investigator (London)
Eyal Weizman is the Director of the Centre for Research Architecture (Department of Visual Cultures – Goldsmiths, University of London). Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at the Bartlett (UCL) in London and the Staedel School in Frankfurt. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythmsand many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Inflexions,and Cabinet here he has edited a special issue on forensics (issue 43, 2011). He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide and was member of B’Tselem board of directors. He is currently on the advisory boards of the Institue of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, the Human Rights Project at Bard College in New York, and of other academic and cultural institutions. Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007, a co-recipient of the 2010 Prince Claus Prize for Architecture (for DAAR) and was invited to deliver the Rusty Bernstein, Paul Hirst, Nelson Mandela, Mansour Armaly and the Edward Said Memorial Lectures amongst others. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium/Birkbeck College.
Francesco Sebregondi | Research Associate & Project Administrator (London)
Francesco Sebregondi is an architect and a graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture. Driven by a search for alternative practices of architecture, his research addresses the margins of contemporary cities, the role of architecture as media, and the contested production of ruins. In 2011, he published The Event of Void: Architecture and Politics in the Evacuated Heygate Estate.
Shela Sheikh | Research Associate & Publications Coordinator (London)
Shela Sheikh is a theorist and editor with a PhD from the Department of History, Goldsmiths. Her research resides at the interfaces between Continental Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts, focusing on theories of testimony, the documentary, performativity, theatricality, media, sovereignty, politics and ethics. Her doctoral thesis, ‘“I am the martyr (x)”: Philosophical Reflections of Testimony and Martyrdom’, offered a reading of the phenomenon of ‘martyr video-testimonies’ of the Lebanon of the 1980s through the lens of the poetico-performatives of Jacques Derrida. Besides her own research, she has eight years’ experience in arts publishing, having worked as Publications Coordinator at INIVA, the Hayward Gallery and Antony Gormley Studio. She lives and works in London.
Anselm Franke | Curator (Berlin)
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Berlin. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Director of Extra City Center for Contemporary Art in Antwerp and was a co-curator of Manifesta 7 in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, in 2008. He has been Director of Exhibitions at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin until 2006. In Berlin, he continues to work as co-curator of the Forum Expanded of the International Film Festival Berlin. He has frequently organised projects in theatres, as well as in architectural and academic contexts. Writing for various magazines such as Piktogram, he is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture.
Thomas Keenan | Research Fellow (New York)
Thomas Keenan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Project at Bard College. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberration and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (Stanford University Press, 1997), the editor of two volumes documenting and analyzing the wartime journalism of Paul de Man –Paul de Man, Wartime Journalism 1939-1943 and Responses (University of Nebraska Press, 1988 and 1989) and two volumes on The End(s) of the Museum, stemming from an exhibition of the same name at the Fundacio Antoni Tapies in Barcelona, 1995. He has written on contemporary art and architecture, television coverage of the American intervention in Somalia, AIDS, and the new theoretical approaches to the “public sphere”.
He is currently working on a book on humanitarianism, war, and the news media in Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda, called Live Feed. This was the topic of his research during the spring of 1998 when he was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. With Andras Riedlmayer, he started International Justice Watch, an Internet discussion list focused on “the international war crimes tribunals for ex-Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as on related issues including the conflicts that gave rise to the tribunals, the project to establish an International Criminal Court, international humanitarian law (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) and other contemporary armed conflicts and humanitarian emergencies.”
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog & John Palmesino [Territorial Agency] | Research Fellows (London)
Territorial Agency, founded by architects and urbanists John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog in 2007, is an independent organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable and integrated territorial transformations. Their practice combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action, and often brings together multiple stakeholders from international organisations, to local, national governments and private actors. Amongst their projects is NORTH, a multidisciplinary research into the shifting geopolitical conditions of the Arctic and Subarctic regions, which focuses on the relation between political, spatial and territorial dimensions of the changing environments in the High North. Territorial Agency has further designed, for example, the first integrated vision of the Markermeer addressing the changing dynamics of the Netherlands’ fift largest polder and its surroundings.
Adrian Lahoud | Research Fellow (London)
Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Through private practice, teaching and doctoral research, he explores the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformation of cities. Adrian has nine years experience teaching in architecture and urban design programs. A regular contributor to academic and mainstream architectural publications, in 2010 he co-edited a special issue of Architectural Design titled Post-traumatic Urbanism featuring Slavoj Zizek. Forthcoming in 2012 are two books, Project for the Mediterranean and Spatial Organization in Architecture and the City, a diagrammatic analysis of experimental architectural and urban design work. His professional experience has moved across a broad range of scales and disciplines including architecture, art, urban design and landscape. Most recently his work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial (2011) and in Korea at the Design Biennale Gwanju (2011) co-curated by Ai Weiwei.
Alessandro Petti | Research Fellow (Bethlehem)
Alessandro Petti is director of the Urban Studies and Spatial Practices Program at Al Quds/Bard Honors College, Palestine. He has co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition, including Border Devices, Uncertain States of Europe, and Stateless Nation. His work has been presented in various biennales and museum exhibitions. He has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control (Archipelagos and Enclaves, Mondadori 2007), and is currently working on a research project entitle Atlas of Decolonization, an architectural documentation on the re-use, re-inhabitation and subversion of colonial structures, including those in Israel’s Occupied Territories.
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss | Research Fellow (New York)
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is a Serbian-born architect and theorist living and working in New York City. He holds the PhD from Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University of London, Master of Architecture post-professional degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design and Diploma in Engineering and Architecture from University of Belgrade. Jovanovic Weiss’ book Socialist Architecture: The Vanishing Act with photographer Armin Linke published by JRP Ringier Zürich interprets remnants from ideological architecture from former Yugoslavia as innovative and futuristic ruins. His earlier book: Almost Architecture explores complex politics of architecture in the context of emerging democracy in Serbia during the crisis years of the 1990s. His architectural design projects include Villa 62 Ordos, China within the new city master planned by artist Ai Weiwei, Z-blocks lightweight furniture created for social interaction at museums, galleries and street protests and Hilltopia: speculation to use earth hills in North Philadelphia to reshape the vacant city into common landscape. His curatorial projects include exhibits: Lina Bo Bardi presented at Columbia GSAPP, Yona Friedman: About Cities installed at The Drawing Center in New York and Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry displayed at The Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. Jovanovic Weiss thought architecture at Penn, Harvard, Columbia, Pratt, Parsons, Temple and Cornell universities. He is the founding principal of NAO and co-founder of School of Missing Studies. His previous design experience includes working with Herzog & de Meuron Architects, Richard Gluckman Architects as well as artists Jenny Holzer, Robert Wilson and Marjetica Potrč.
Caroline Sturdy Colls | Forensic Archeologist (Stoke-on-Trent)
Caroline Sturdy Colls is a Lecturer in Forensic Investigation at Staffordshire University, specialising in forensic archaeology. Her research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes and the need for a sub-discipline of Holocaust Archaeology. She completed her PhD thesis on this topic at the University of Birmingham. As part of this research, she completed the first archaeological surveys of the former extermination camp at Treblinka (Poland), the sites pertaining to the slave labour programme in Alderney (the Channel Islands), and the former Semlin Judenlager and Anhaltelager (Belgrade, Serbia). Her research at Treblinka extermination camp in Poland has recently received international media attention following the broadcast of a BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘The Hidden Graves of the Holocaust’. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Kamp Westerbork Archaeological Project in The Netherlands and an active member of a number of research groups in Holocaust and forensic archaeology, including Buried War Pasts [with VU University Amsterdam], the Atlantic Wall Research Group, and the Burial Research Group at Staffordshire University.
Ayesha Hameed | Research Fellow (London)
Ayesha Hameed is the Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art and History of Art in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her practice includes performance, video and writing, and examines borders, migration and detention. Publications include contributions to Photoworks, Place: Location and Belonging in New Media Contexts and Tate ETC and future exhibitions include group exhibitions with the Forensic Architecture Project at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.
Situ Studio | Research Consultants (New York)
Situ Studio is a design practice founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York while its four partners were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. The classmates-turned-business-partners developed a model of practice that leverages their collective interests in design, research and fabrication to create a studio uniquely equipped to explore a wide range of spatial issues – from mapping and visualization to full scale architectural installations. Situ Studio is also strongly committed to interdisciplinary collaborations. Work done with a wide range of practitioners in fields outside of design including lawyers, activists, geologists, paleontologists and artists have resulted in unanticipated but exciting applications of architectural tools and methodologies to projects that extend into territory far beyond the architectural community. The Studio engages in this work not only to explore novel and nuanced spatial problems driven by an entirely different set of objectives, but more importantly to seek new territory for the designer’s role in politics, science, society, and the environment.
Milica Tomic | Living Death Camps (Grupa Spomenik, Four Faces of Omarska)
Milica Tomić (born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia). Her work centers on researching, unearthing and bringing to public debate issues related to political violence, memory, trauma and social amnesia, with particular attention to the tensions between personal experience and media constructed images. Her works often explores the intersections, tensions and conflict between the arts and human rights discourse.Tomic is an author of numerous international art projects, workshops and lecturer/guest artist at international institutions of contemporary art. She is a founding member of a New Yugoslav art/theory group, Grupa Spomenik (Monument Group, 2002); one of the founders of the international platform Yugoslav Studies and Working Group Four Faces of Omarska (2010). Tomić participated in international exhibitions such as 24th Sao Paulo Biennale (1998), 49th Venice Biennale (2001), 50th Venice Biennale (2003); 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003); Populism, National Museum of Art, Oslo/Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005); 15th Sydney Biennale (2006); Manufacturing Today/Trondheim Biennale (2010); 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011).