The Forensic Architecture research group had some exciting work up on show at the recently concluded Insert exhibition curated by Raqs. What was exciting in the works I saw was the method of investigation used called spatial investigation to look at, investigate, produce evidence for some of the worst ongoing political crimes.
Their website says
“Forensic Architecture refers to the presentation of spatial analysis within contemporary legal and political forums. The project undertakes research that maps, images, and models sites of violence within the framework of international humanitarian law and human rights. Through its public activities it also situates forensic architecture within broader historical and theoretical contexts.
Forensic Architecture is a European Research Council funded project (2011-2014) hosted by the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London, within the Department of Visual Cultures.”
Lots of resources available on their website which I must say is very generous. They currently have an exhibition on at HKW, Berlin which you can see here. The introduction to the exhibition states,
“Whereas the twentieth century could be viewed as the “age of the witness”, the current “forensic turn” is inaugurating nothing less than a new cultural imagination. The exhibition excavates the notion of forensis – Latin for things pertaining to the forum – to designate the role of material forensics in articulating new notions of public truth. Its condition is one in which aesthetic practices, new technologies, and architectural research methodologies bear upon the legal implications of political struggle, violent conflict, and climate change.”
Read more here.