The Architecture of Public Truth
Forensis (Latin for “pertaining to the forum”) engages the testimony of material objects—such as bones, ruins, toxic substances—as a method of central importance in interpreting how subjects are policed and governed by their states. Developed through the Forensic Architecture Project by theorist Eyal Weizman at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Forensis seeks to expand the scope of contemporary forensics to include a broader historical, theoretical, political and aesthetic context. At the heart of the book is a methodological experiment in which participating architects, artists, filmmakers, lawyers, and theorists employed new technologies and spatial research methods to investigate contemporary issues such as border regimes, urban warfare, and climate change. Investigations were undertaken in Pakistan, Palestine, the Amazon basin, Guatemala, Chile, Bangladesh, Yemen, the United States and the former Yugoslavia among others places. Evidence of state or corporate violence was unearthed for use by prosecution teams, civil society organizations, activist networks, human rights groups, and the United Nations. Innovative investigations aimed at producing new kinds of evidence in this rich collection of essays and research reports suggest many new ways that international prosecutorial teams, political organizations, the UN, and NGOs can engage the material world to open up forums for civic dispute and articulate new claims for justice. Contributors include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Nabil Ahmed, Maayan Amir, Hisham Ashkar & Emily Dische- Becker, Ryan Bishop, Jacob Burns, Howard Caygill, Gabriel Cuéllar, Eitan Diamond, DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), Anselm Franke, Grupa Spomenik, Ayesha Hameed, Charles Heller, Helene Kazan, Thomas Keenan, Working Group Four Faces of Omarska, Alessandro Petti, Lorenzo Pezzani, SITU Research, Caroline Sturdy Colls and Eyal Weizman.
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 764 pp / 825 b&w and color
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FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE, LONDON