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17 Sep
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sep 17, 2015 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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For questions regarding Part Two, please contact Matthew Petrasek at matthew.petrasek@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2136

Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Eyal Weizman

     

Forensic Architecture – Part One: The Image Complex

 

In this two-part lecture, “Forensic Architecture,” Eyal Weizman will discuss the work of the research agency of the same name that he established in 2011. Forensic Architecture – Part One: The Image Complex, will be delivered at NYU Gallatin, while Forensic Architecture – Part Two: The Conflict Shoreline will be delivered at NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis on September 24.

Drawing on the insight and expertise of architects, historians, theorists, filmmakers, and artists, the research agency Forensic Architecture undertakes spatial research in and of conflict zones and mobilizes this research in different forums, both political and legal. While forensics is a tool that states and governments use to monitor their citizens or subjects, the practice of “forensic architecture” is used in a civilian context in order to reorient the practice of contemporary forensics and invert or “return” its gaze. It uses multidisciplinary methods and aesthetic practices to monitor the states and challenge their authority, especially when they engage in war. Weizman will discuss the problem that political counter-forensics has in making connections across scales: from the individual incidents through patterns of urban violence to large and slow environmental transformations.

Part One: The Image Complex
September 17 at 7 pm
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Peforming Arts | 1 Washington Place

In Part One of his two-part lecture Forensic Architecture, Weizman will recount an incident in the West Bank in which two teenagers were shot and killed—a case that involved filmmakers, architects, and a sound artist before it could be properly resolved. In collaboration with Amnesty International, Forensic Architecture’s investigation of the 2014 Gaza war has similarly involved an analysis of social media—on unprecedented scale. Forensic Architecture’s report includes hundreds of testimonies and user-generated videos and photographs, 3D models, analytical videos, and dozens of maps to describe a single day during the war, August 1st, also known as Black Friday.

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Part Two: The Conflict Shoreline
September 24 at 6 pm
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

In Part Two, The Conflict Shoreline, Weizman examines the “battle over the Negev,” desert region of southern Israel that is at the center of an ongoing Israeli state campaign to uproot the Bedouins from the desert’s northern threshold. Unlike other frontiers that have been fought over during the Israel-Palestine conflict, this threshold is not demarcated by fences and walls but advances and recedes in response to cultivation, displacement, urbanization, and climate change.

For questions regarding Part Two, please contact Matthew Petrasek at matthew.petrasek@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2136

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Eyal Weizman is an architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures, and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2014, he has been a global professor at Princeton University. In 2011, he set up the research agency Forensic Architecture. In 2007, with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, he established the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include The Roundabout Revolution (Sternberg, 2015), The Conflict Shoreline (Steidl and Cabinet, 2015) Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, 2014), Mengele’s Skull (Sternberg, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza (Verso, 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003). Weizman is on the editorial board of Third Text, Humanity, Cabinet, and Political Concepts and was on the advisory boards of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and B’Tselem in Jerusalem, among others. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium/Birkbeck College.