Investigative Aesthetics in Architecture and Journalism: Eyal Weizman in conversation with Malachy Browne

Investigative Aesthetics in Architecture and Journalism: Eyal Weizman in conversation with Malachy Browne

Investigative Aesthetics in Architecture and Journalism: Eyal Weizman in conversation with Malachy Browne
September 15, 2017, 7pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

This evening marks the publication of Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability, an in-depth introduction into the group and its practice. Founded in 2010, Forensic Architecture has developed a new practice for undertaking investigations into political controversies and human rights abuses. Using architecture, media, and algorithmic analysis, Forensic Architecture assembles complex evidence files from a variety of disparate sources, such as new media, remote sensing, material analysis, witness testimony, and crowd-sourcing. The group’s work has already exposed state violence and cover-ups in many places worldwide. 

The evening will start with Weizman presenting the group’s most recent investigative work on enforced disappearance in Mexico, after which he will be joined by Malachy Browne of the New York Times and moderator Nick Axel to discuss new techniques in open source investigations and civil society forensics, and the impact they are having on investigative journalism; moderated by Nick Axel. 

Eyal Weizman is the founding director of Forensic Architecture, a professor at Goldsmiths, London, and one of the founders of DAAR in Beit Sahour, Palestine. His books include The Roundabout Revolutions (Sterberg Press, 2015), The Least of All Possible Evils (Verso, 2012), and Hollow Land (Verso, 2012).

Malachy Browne is a Senior Story Producer with the New York Times. He focuses on international investigative reporting that combines visual forensics with open source data and traditional reporting. Prior to joining the ‘Times, Browne worked with social journalism start-ups Storyful and He co-founded Right to Know, an Irish organization campaigning for access to public information. A recovering computer programmer, he takes an interest in the interface of technology with journalism.

Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability
Zone, May 2017
7.5 x 9 in, 368 pp, 100 color illus., hardcover
​​ISBN: 9781935408864

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Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2010 he founded the research agency Forensic Architecture and directs it ever since.

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