Eyal Weizman (UK/IL) and Steen Nørskov

The founder of Forensic Architecture

Friday 14 September 2018 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
Steen Nørskov and Eyal Weizman. Photos: Press photo and  Ekaterina Izmestieva
Steen Nørskov and Eyal Weizman. Photos: Press photo and Ekaterina Izmestieva




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At The Royal Library’s present photo exhibition Kent Klich: Gaza Works one can now see a work carried out in connection with the international research project Forensic Architecture. The work, Black Friday, documents traces of military operations in August 2004, when over 130 inhabitants lost their lives in the Palestinian town of Rafah. 

Forensic Architecture is a research project at Goldsmiths, University of London. The project develops new ways of investigating war crimes by using the most advanced, state-of-the-art IT techniques to uncover, reconstruct and create evidence. It carries out, for example, large-scale analyses of vast quantities of digital data. The information ranges from telephone conversations and meteorological satellite recordings via private mobile phones on the social media to eye-witness accounts and recordings from surveillance cameras dealing with a particular attack or assault. This makes it possible to reconstruct facts and prove whether international rules of warfare have been infringed. 

Most recently, the work of the research project was made use of by UN to investigate drone attacks. In addition, the attack on a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo has been analysed and reconstructed by Forensic Architecture. The British newspaper The Observer writes the following about the result: ‘The material is harrowing: To see, for example, from the positions of a number of surveillance cameras everyday life at an Aleppo hospital seconds before it is wiped out by forces allied to the government.’ 

Forensic Architecture has been called a detective agency of artists, architects and researchers. The project often presents its results as works of art and exhibited earlier this year at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.

Eyal Weizman can be seen and heard on the large stage in Dronningesalen talking to the journalist Steen Nørskov, host on DR2 Dagen and Middle East correspondent from 2007 to 2011 on DR.

Read about Gaza Works here

Read about Forensic Architecture og Weizman's research project here.