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Forenzička Estetika : ARHITEKTURA LOBANJE I DRUGIH ŽIVIH STVARI -- Eyal Weizman FORENSIC AESTHETICS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF SKULLS AND OTHER LIVING MATTER -- Eyal Weizman
tuesday, 12.july 2011.
19:00, CZKD



Center for Cultural Decontamination, Birčaninova 21
Tuesday, 12.07 at 19:00h

The Ignorant Schoolmaster and his Committees, Grupa Spomenik and Working group 'Four Faces of Omarska' invite you to an open lecture by Eyal Weizman

Forensic Aesthetics: The Architecture of Skulls and Other Living Matter

The last decades of the twentieth century, often referred to as 'the era of the witness', were saturated with representation of testimonies of trauma—written, recorded, filmed archived and exhibited. This primacy of trauma as a site of history also leads to a depoliticised 'politics of compassion' apparent in the forums of transitional justice, truth commissions, human rights and humanitarianism.

However, a recent shift of emphasis from human testimony to material forensics means that science has begun invading some of the legal and cultural grounds previously reserved for the speech of humans. Potentially, therefore, at its most extreme, new ways of using forensic science have blurred a previously held distinction: between evidence, when the law speaks of objects, and that of the witness, referring to subjects. Such shift has aesthetic, political and ethical implications, dangers and potentials that will be unpacked in this lecture.
 

The lecture would shift between several cases-- close analyses of different forensic investigations. it will start with an account of the examination in 1985 of the exhumed skull of joseph menegele. This object/fetish will explained one of the great scientific and epistemic problems for forensics in the close of the 20th century. It is a historical hinge around which the turn to forensics in human rights context occurs. The lecture will further reflect on its significance in the development between 1985 and 1992 of what forensic anthropologists call osteo-biography, allowing the question of identification to be connected to material analysis and processes of ossification.

The introduction of DNA has put an end to this branch of the art of identification, but also reoriented it. a late development of the technology of skull examination occurs with face recognition software. This will be unpacked in the context of the algorithmic examination of the assassination of Mahmoud el Mabhuh in Dubai in 2009.  The lecture is long because it asks political and scientific questions as it moves through several forensic investigations. these also include the ICTY, the trials of the wall in Palestine, the controversies plaguing the goldstone commission over Gaza in 2009 and more.

Eyal Weizman is an architect; director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, and of the ERC funded research project Forensic Architecture.

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