Sunday, 18 May 2014

Book Launch of The Architecture of Public Truth | The Showroom | May 2014

Launch of Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth
Edited by Forensic Architecture
Published by Sternberg Press, 2014

Researchers from the Forensic Architecture project will host a guided tour through the recently published volume FORENSIS: The Architecture of Public Truth.

Speakers include Eyal Weizman, Susan Schuppli, Shela Sheikh, Francesco Sebregondi, Godofredo Periera, Helene Kazan, and Lorenzo Pezzani.

Forensis is Latin for 'pertaining to the forum' and the root of the term forensics. In excavating the origins of the term, the volume seeks both to expand the scope of contemporary forensics, and to challenge its popular role in articulating notions of public truth.

At the heart of the book is a methodological experiment in which the architects, artists, filmmakers, lawyers, and theorists who worked together on the Forensic Architecture project at Goldsmiths, University of London, employed new technologies and spatial research methods to investigate critical contemporary issues such as border regimes, urban warfare, and climate change.

These investigations—undertaken in Pakistan, the Amazon basin, Yemen, Chile, Bangladesh, the United States, Palestine, Guatemala, the former Yugoslavia, and the Mediterranean Sea, amongst other places—generated evidence of state or corporate violence on behalf of prosecution teams, civil society organizations, activist networks, human rights groups, and the United Nations.

By presenting investigative reports on this work together with critical essays situating contemporary forensics within its broader historical, theoretical, political, and aesthetic contexts, this collection suggests ways in which new engagements with the materiality of the world can expand our political imagination, open up alternative forums for civic dispute and practice, and articulate new claims for justice.

Archives for the Future | mnemoscape | Mar 2014

ARCHIVES FOR THE FUTURE: An Art and Visual Culture Conference

Saturday 29 March 2014, University of Westminster (309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW).

The conference is organised by Mnemoscape (Elisa Adami and Alessandra Ferrini) with the support of the University of Westminster, the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture and The International Association for Visual Culture. Moreover, it has been specifically supported by:

Dr Uriel Orlow (artist, writer, lecturer and senior research fellow at University of Westminster – click here for his website).

Dr Marquard Smith (Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art; Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Visual Culture)

Dr David Cunningham (course leader for the MA Cultural and Critical Studies at the University of Westminster; member of the editorial collective of the journal Radical Philosophy and part of the editorial advisory boards of both CITY and the Journal of Visual Culture)

For futher information please email


Mnemoscape is an online platform and network dedicated to contemporary art practices exploring issues of memory, history and the archival impulse.


The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic international education institution situated in the heart of London.


The Institute brings together creative, critical, and committed researchers and postgraduate students from around the world, and functions as a community for its students and staff, as well as a hub for both cross-School collaboration and external partnerships at Westminster.


The International Association for Visual Culture means to foster communication and exchange among individuals and institutions engaged in critical analyses of and interventions in visual culture.