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Archaeology of the Present – Memory, Media, Matter

Forensic Architecture

White Box Exhibition


16 | 02 – 15 | 09 | 2018

Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, undertaking advanced architectural and media research on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations and political and environmental justice groups. Forensic architecture is also an emergent academic field developed at Goldsmiths. It refers to the production and presentation of architectural evidence – buildings and urban environments and their media representations.


In the exhibition, Archeology of the Present: Memory, Media, Matter, Forensic Architecture presents a show developed specially for Zeppelin University. Three FA works are presented, which exemplify the methodologies of the collective and each align with one the three terms: ‘memory’, ‘media’, ‘matter’. The first, ‘memory’, traces the course of a US drone strike in October 2010 in Mir Ali, Pakistan. Under the term ‘media’, FA has collected photographs, satellite images, media reports and amateur films in order to reconstruct the buildings and events of a US air strike from March 2017, which targed the al-Jinah Mosque in Syria. The third example, under the term ‘matter’, is the ongoing Ground Truth project, which documents Bedouin inhabitants in the Negev/Naqab Desert by reconciling historical aerial photographs with recent innovations in photogrammetry and aerial imaging. By juxtaposing these images, FA shows that the desert – contrary to official Israeli statements – was inhabited by Bedouins well before the state of Israel was formed in 1948.


Forensic Architecture Website


Opening hours

Thursdays to Tuesdays, 14:00 - 17.00h
and by arrangement


Special thanks to GLS Treuhand e.V. and the Fränkel Foundation for their support of this exhibition project.


Contact

Ulrike Shepherd | Curator of Visual Art & Coordinator of the artsprogram | ulrike. shepherd@ zu. de
Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg | Academic Head of the artsprogram | karen. vandenberg@ zu. de


Photos: Karen van den Berg and Valentin Kremer (2. Photo)