Forensic Architecture

Maarat an-Numan MSF Krankenhaus al-Hamidiyya, Syrien, 15. Februar 2015, 2016

3D plastic print on CNC milled out of high-density foam, 30 x 70
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, acquisition with funds from Odinga Picenoni Hagen AG
Inv. no. 2017-010-003

Forensic Architecture
Goldsmiths College, London

Forensic Architecture is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London, that is focused on advanced architectural and media research for political and legal use. Their works explore spaces of conflicts, analyzing battlefields as media environments that can be reconstructed and used as evidence by international prosecutors, human rights organizations and political justice groups. As the digital photographic document becomes instantly distributed and connected through online networks, big clusters of images from different sources can be merged to create a new notion of visual evidence that goes beyond the frames of individual pictures. From citizens sharing their photos on Twitter to journalistic reports and state media, all of this data can be collected and analyzed – a collection of fragments that together forms a new image-space of an event. In Bomb Cloud Atlas, collected data from different moments of the conflict in Syria from 2015, like the bombings of the MSF Hospital in Ma’arat al-Numan, is used to create 3D printed models of the events. Next to the 3D reconstructions, the cluster will also feature a video that provides insight into the process behind Forensic Architecture’s work.