e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films
Forensic Architecture and Praxis Films, Triple Chaser | Part Three — Tracking the Coded Real
Repeat screening on April 20, 2021

Laura Poitras and Forensic Architecture, Triple Chaser (still) 2019

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Forensic Architecture’s and Praxis Films Triple-Chaser (2019), on view from Tuesday, March 9 through Monday, March 22, 2021.

When US border agents fired tear gas grenades at civilians in November 2018, photographs showed that many of those grenades were manufactured by the Safariland Group, one of the world’s major manufacturers of so-called “less-lethal munitions.” The Safariland Group is owned by Warren B. Kanders, the vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art. In response to their invitation to the Whitney Biennial 2019, and the controversial association of Warren B. Kanders’ with the institution, Forensic Architecture partnered with Praxis Films on a project to train “computer vision” classifiers to detect Safariland tear gas canisters among the millions of images shared online. The task of training a computer vision classifier to identify a particular object usually requires thousands of images of that object. Images of the Triple-Chaser pyrotechnic grenade, however, are relatively rare. To fill the gap, Forensic Architecture constructed a digital model of the Triple-Chaser, and located it within thousands of photorealistic “synthetic” environments, recreating the situations in which tear gas canisters are deployed and documented. In this way, “fake” images helped in the search for real ones, so that the next time Safariland munitions are used against civilians, we’ll know.

Triple-Chaser is presented here as one of four films in Part Three | Tracking the Coded Real, the third of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists‘ Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists‘ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

Forensic Architecture is an independent research agency that uses spatial methods to investigate civil and human rights violations. Founded in 2010 by Eyal Weizman at Goldsmiths, University of London, it employs architects, filmmakers, software developers, investigative journalists, lawyers, and scientists. forensic-architecture.org

Praxis Films and collaborators include Laura Poitras, Yoni Golijov, Brenda Coughlin, Henrik Moltke, and Katy Scoggin. www.praxisfilms.org

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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