Eyal Weizman | Principal Investigator
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. 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 Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide, and was a member of the B’Tselem board of directors. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide.
Francesco Sebregondi | Research Fellow & Project Coordinator
Francesco Sebregondi is an architect, a researcher, and a graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture. He is a Research Fellow and Project Coordinator on the Forensic Architecture project, as well on the project that extends it, titled MAPP (2014-15). Since 2013, he teaches in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, on the topic of “architecture and activism”. His research addresses the representation of spatially diffuse processes, the role of architecture as media, and the margins of contemporary cities. In 2013 he produced a series of maps and visualisations of the international judicial network – in collaboration with the Project on International Courts and Tribunals – which were published in the Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication (OUP, 2014). In 2012, he published the pamphlet “The Event of Void: Architecture and politics in the evacuated Heygate estate” (self-published).
Jacob Burns | Researcher
Jacob Burns is a writer and researcher who joined Forensic Architecture to work on the drone strikes case. He now focuses on the project’s work in Gaza. He was the DAAR winter resident in 2015.
Christina Varvia | Researcher
Christina Varvia is an architect and researcher. She graduated from the AA School of Architecture and the Unknown Fields Division. Her previous research involves studies on digital media and memory as well as the perception of the physical environment through scanning and imaging technologies. She is a researcher on the Forensic Architecture Gaza Project.
Nick Axel | Researcher
Nick Axel is an architect, writer, researcher, designer, cartographer and editor, amongst other things. He has been working with Forensic Architecture since 2014 and is currently a guest lecturer in the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Susan Schuppli | Senior Research Fellow
Susan Schuppli is a media artist and cultural theorist who is currently Acting Director (2013-15) of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London where she also received her doctorate in 2009. Previously she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program and completed her MFA at the University of California San Diego. Her creative projects have been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Korea, Australia, and in Europe. Recent and upcoming projects include HKW, Casino Luxembourg, Artliner WTP, Stroom Den Haag, Shanghai Biennale. She is on the editorial board of the journal SITE (Stockholm) and her written work has appeared in Cabinet, Photoworks, Architectural Design, Borderlands, Cosmos and History, Memory Studies, Photographies, Ciel Variable, Mute, Yale University Press, Academia Press, Sternberg Press, Black Dog, and Cambridge. She is currently working on the book Material Witness (MIT Press 2015) which was the subject of an experimental documentary.
Shela Sheikh | Research Fellow & Publications Coordinator
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. 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 | Research Fellow and Curator
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Berlin. Since 2013 he has been Head of Visual Art and Film at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. His project Animism was presented in different versions in Antwerp, Bern (2010), Vienna (2011), Berlin and at e-flux, New York (2012). Franke has edited numerous publications and regularly contributes articles to magazines such as Metropolis M, e-flux journal, and Parkett. He was also the curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial. At the HKW, he curated The Whole Earth (2013) with Diedrich Diederichsen, After Year Zero (2013) with Annett Busch, and Forensis (2014) with Eyal Weizman.
Thomas Keenan | Research Fellow
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). 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.
Territorial Agency | Research Fellows
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’ fifth largest polder and its surroundings.
Adrian Lahoud | Research Fellow
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
Alessandro Petti is an architect and researcher in urbanism based in Bethlehem. He is the director of the program “Campus in Camps” at Al Quds University, an experimental educational program hosted in the Dheisheh refugee camp (Bethlehem) and director of the architectural studio and art residency DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), which combines discourse, spatial intervention, and collective learning. DAAR projects have been shown in various museums and biennales around the world. He has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control (Arcipelaghi e enclave, Mondadori, 2007), and developed with DAAR a series of propositions for the subversion, reuse, profanation, and recycling of structures of domination and control (Architecture After Revolution, Sternberg Press, 2013).
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss | Research Fellow
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is a Serbian-born architect and theorist living and working in New York City. He currently teaches at Columbia and Penn universities. He holds the PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His book “Almost Architecture” explores complex politics of architecture in the context of emerging democracy in Serbia during the crisis years of the 1990s.
Paulo Tavares | Research Fellow
Paulo Tavares is an architect and urbanist who graduated in Brazil. He has taught at the London Metropolitan University, and in the MA program at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. His practice explores architecture, media-based narratives, and writing as interconnected modalities of reading urban, territorial, and ecological conditions. Articles had appeared in many publications worldwide including Nada (PT), Alfabeta2 and Abitare (IT), Cabinet (US), and Piseagrama (BR), and his work has been shown in venues such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Portikus, Frankfurt.
Ayesha Hameed | Research Fellow
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.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan | Researcher
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a London-based artist and researcher. His work explores the legal status of the voice. His solo exhibitions include “The Freedom of Speech Itself” (2012) at The Showroom, London, “Aural Contract: The Whole Truth” (2012) at Casco, Utrecht, and most recently “Tape Echo”(2013) at Beirut in Cairo. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
Nabil Ahmed | Researcher
Nabil Ahmed is a contemporary visual artist, writer , researcher, and musician. His work and various collaborative projects have been presented internationally including at The Centre for Possible Studies Serpentine Gallery, Barbican, Resonance FM, CCA Glasgow, Tate Modern, Nottingham Contemporary, no.w.here, South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto and the Royal Geographic Society. He is co-founder of Call & Response, a sound art collective and curatorial project based in London. He is a member of Chicago Boys While We Were Dreaming They Were Singing, a 1970s music revival band and neo-liberalism study group. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. He lives and works in London.
Maayan Amir | Researcher
Mayaan Amir is an artist and an independent curator. She is teaching curatorial studies at Sapir Academic College and Technion and in other academic institute. Throughout 2011, she has been a guest resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Her works are shown internationally in exhibitions such as the Sidney Biennale (2006) Istanbul Biennale (2009), Berlin Biennale (2010) and venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Art in General, Tate Modern, or Jeu de Paume, among others. In 2009 she initiated together with Ruti Sela “The Exterritory Project” on which they have won an award (2011) for young artist from the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Originally from Geneva, Charles Heller completed a Masters in International Studies at Goldsmiths University, London, and graduated in Fine Arts from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Geneva. Over the last few years his work has mainly focused on the politics of migration and the politicity of art and media. He is currently producing video and spatial evidence of non-assistance to migrants at sea during NATO’s intervention in Libya. He is working towards a PhD in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
Gerald Nestler | Researcher
Gerald Nestler is an artist and researcher who combines theory with performance, video, installation, and speech to interrogate financial derivatives and other finance-based narratives and their role in current biopolitics. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Godofredo Pereira | Researcher
Godofredo Pereira is an architect and researcher based in London. Graduated as architect from FAUP (Porto), he holds a M.Arch from the Bartlett School of Architecture and has completed his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University. His research Underground Fetishism investigates political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race to underground resources. He is the coordinator of the Atacama Desert Project, a geo-forensic analysis of environmental violence in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He is also coordinator of History and Theory, and teaches the Axiomatic Earth design studio at the M.Arch Urban Design program at the Bartlett, UCL. He edited the book Savage Objects, INCM, 2012.
Lorenzo Pezzani | Researcher
Lorenzo Pezzani is an architect, a researcher, and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. His work focuses on spatial politics, human rights and media.
Füsun Türetken | Researcher
Füsun Türetken is a visual artist, architect and writer. In 2008, she setup Studio ft. The same year she was commissioned as director of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale Venice in 2008. Her work includes among others Istanbul: City of Intersections, Shrinking Cities, Updating Germany, Faith in the City and forthcoming Failure (2013). She is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Steffen Krämer | Researcher & Filmmaker
Steffen Krämer received his MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmith University London and his Diploma in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts from The University of the Arts Berlin. He works as an independent video editor, cinematographer, and producer on individual and collective audiovisual projects with a current interest in experimental documentary and essay film relating to questions of architecture and contemporary media apparatuses. He teaches media design and theory at the Department of Applied Media Studies at the University of Cottbus.
Model Court | Researchers
Model Court is an on-going collaboration between Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Lorenzo Pezzani, and Oliver Rees that explores the shifting infrastructures of international justice. Exhibitions and events include “Resolution 978HD” at Gasworks, London (2013), and the Danish Pavilion “Osloo” at the 54th venice Biennale (2011).
Modelling Kivalina | Researchers
Modelling Kivalina is a collective of artists and architects based at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Through their work with the village of Kivalina, Alaska, the group (Andrea Bagnato, Helene Kazan, Daniel Fernández-Pascual, Hannah Meszaros-Martin, and Alon Schwabe) explores the use of visual techniques as a means of engaging with the issue of climate displacement worldwide.