Forensic Architecture a Finalist for the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016-2018

Launched to recognize the Center’s 20th anniversary, the Vera List Center Biennial Prize for Art and Politics honours an artist or group of artists who have taken great risks to advance social justice in profound and visionary ways. International in scope, the biennial prize is awarded for a particular project’s long-term impact, boldness, and artistic excellence.

The New School will host a conference on 3-4 November 2017 to complement the winning project (Seeds of Change by Maria Thereza Alves), where Forensic Architecture’s Hannah Mezaros-Martin will participate in a panel discussion, together with Gulf Labor, about the visibility and invisibility of the materiality of buildings and infrastructure. This discussion, The House We’re Building (Panel Discussion III on November 4), will explore the visibility of markers of absences and how alignments between organic and non-organic matter can result in affirmative acts of community building.

Register now for this free conference and read more about the Vera List Center and the Biennial Prize here.

Eyal Weizman to deliver 18th Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture

The 18th Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture titled “Forensic Architecture: Space and Violence in Palestine and Beyond”, will be delivered by Professor Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths on Sunday 30th July 2017 at 6 p.m. at the BMICH in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Weizman’s talk will use the groundbreaking work of Forensic Architecture in places of conflict, such as Palestine, Pakistan and elsewhere to critically evaluate the politics and aesthetics of contemporary forms of spatial investigation.

The memorial lecture is organised each year by the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, an indigenous philanthropic organisation supporting community efforts to promote peace building, social justice and reconciliation. The annual lecture marks the anniversary of the death of Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, which falls on 29 July, and celebrates his life and work by inviting scholars, writers, policy makers and activists to reflect on and engage with critical concepts of our time.

Read more on the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust website.

This event is free and open to all.

“Timely Measures”

Susan Schuppli and Eyal Weizman will both speak on June 20 at the “Timely Measures” symposium at SOAS, University of London. The event “invites reconsideration of contemporary questions of the measure and of the measures of law and the forms of life that can be lived through law. It addresses the timeliness or otherwise of our present technical means of measurement: of legal forms of persons, things and actions; of rhetorical forms of community and judgment; and the forensic, administrative and aesthetic means of measurement.”

The full list of speakers scheduled to appear is as follows: Maria Drakopoulou, Luis Eslava, Peter Fitzpatrick, Susan Schuppli, Shaun McVeigh, Emily Grabham, Hyo Yoon Kang, Yoriko Otomo, Connal Parsley, Brenna Bhandar, Nimer Sultany, Eyal Weizman.

20 June 2014 10am – 5.30pm
SOAS (University of London) College Buildings, Room 116

Law on Trial

Eyal Weizman will appear alongside Maja Petrović-Šteger (University of Cambridge) and Stewart Motha (Birkbeck) on the “Forensic Futures” panel at Birkbeck, University of London next week, as part of a week-long series of events called “Law on Trial”. The panel takes place on Wednesday the 18th of June at 6.30 pm in Room B34, Malet Street.

Forensics conjures the sense of a truth established by science in the service of the law. But the origin of ‘forensic’ in the Latinforensis – ‘pertaining to the forum’ – is more wide-ranging. Forensis invokes a site of negotiation between humans, technologies, and material things. This wider meaning opens the possibility of a forensic future where science and technology become the basis for holding states to account for mass violence and systematic neglect. Eyal Weizman and Maja Petrović-Šteger explore how new technologies, satellite imaging, landscapes, DNA, bones and human remains have emerged as material objects that ‘speak and testify’ to state crimes and mass violence. Their account of forensic architecture and the testimony of material objects point to the emergence of new forms of public truth.

The Architecture of Public Truth – Conference at HKW

The Architecture of Public Truth

Conference, HKW Berlin
15–16 May 2014
In the framework of THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT 2013 – 2014

The conference The Architecture of Public Truth brings together the fields of law and aesthetic production. Artists, writers, lawyers, judges, activists, theorists, and architects will raise questions about recent transformations in the conditions under which spatial and material evidence is recorded and presented. The conference sets out to explore ways in which new kinds of engagement with the materiality of politics might open new political possibilities and shift existing fields of knowledge. The panels will explore a wide range of issues and scales: from the human body, through buildings and territories, to the scale of the planet as the ultimate forensic object, which human-induced climate change has transformed into both a construction site and a ruin.

The list of participants includes, among others, novelist Jonathan Littell (The Kindly Ones); Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague; legal theorist Brenna Bhandar; Baltasar Garzón, Spanish jurist who indicted Augusto Pinochet and present legal advisor to Julian Assange; Al Jazeera producer Marcela Pizzaro; media scholar and artist Susan Schuppli; geo-philosopher Kathryn Yusoff; Michael Sfard, Israel’s foremost human rights lawyer; and Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, who has recently submitted a Communication to the International Criminal Court against British war crimes in Iraq.

Forensis is a collaborative project between Haus der Kulturen der Welt, with support from Hauptstadtkulturfonds, and Forensic Architecture, an ERC-funded research project of Goldsmiths, University of London.

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