Forensic Architecture: extension of the field of architecture
Contemporary Art | Forensic Architecture is an atypical research agency founded in 2011 and based at Goldsmiths College in London. Its founder Eyal Weizman explains that the term forensic is to be understood by getting back to the Latin forensis, « what pertains to the forum ». Responding to the urbanization of conflicts and their media recordings, the agency develops methods to analyze and understand spatially in 3D the multiplicity of data on conflict sites.
Forensic Architecture brings together around its investigations researchers from a wide variety of disciplines : artists, architects, designers, computer scientists, archaeologists, media analysts, lawyers, journalists, scientists. They define themselves as topographers working with media.
Their researches focus on sites of armed conflict, human rights violations, State violence and « ecocide » (damage to a natural environment) in order to produce a spatial, architectural and urban understanding of the site that challenges traditional evidence practices based on post-event witness interviews.
For each conflict site, researchers analyze various types of images : satellite views, aerial images, videos […]
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