Video: Sam Blair, Music: Gunnar Óskarsson
Image Projection | Projecting images across digital space within a 3D model allows the researchers to determine real-world distances between objects. | © Forensic Architecture, 2021
Satellite imagery | Expansion of palm oil plantations into the territories of the Indigenous Dayak communities. | © Forensic Architecture, 2021
Spectogram analysis of audible shots | © Forensic Architecture, 2021
Harness | 3D model to reconstruct a metal harness used to transport a canister similar to those previously linked to chlorine gas attacks across Syria. | © Forensic Architecture, 2021
Trajectory model | A model to answer the question: could Abu al-Qi'an's car have rolled toward Israeli policemen of its own accord? | © Forensic Architecture, 2021
Model of the internet café in which Halit Yozgat was murdered by the NSU | Forensic Architecture's reconstruction at HKW 2017 | Photo: Vanina Vignal
In response to the rise of the neo-fascist “post-truth” epistemology societies have desperately clung to the traditional pillars of power-knowledge – state institutions, legal systems and the police. But how should civil society react when those institutions themselves are responsible for crimes, state-terror and cover-ups?
This exhibition showcases a new model for collaborative truth-production and investigative aesthetics, bringing together open source investigation, “counter-forensics” and strategic human rights litigation. Combining the situated knowledge of survivors of violence and dispossession with the toolkits of investigative reporters, whistle-blowers, activists, lawyers, scientists, artists, architects and cultural institutions, the exhibition presents casework that confronts urgent contemporary issues: racist policing and border regimes, cyber-surveillance, environmental violence, the ongoing violence of colonialism and the complicity of institutions in them.
This exhibition and accompanying program mark the launch of Investigative Commons, an interdisciplinary practice initiated by Forensic Architecture, FORENSIS and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) which includes amongst others Laura Poitras/Praxis Films, Bellingcat, Mnemonic and HKW. Further, they introduce FORENSIS, a new Berlin-based association founded by Forensic Architecture, and named after its inaugural exhibition at HKW in 2014.