12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Panel: Samaneh Moafi and Susan Schuppli. Moderation: Doreen Mende. Weaponized Environments

Panel held within the framework of the conference Imperial Ecologies as part of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art on June 22, 2022 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum der Gegenwart – Berlin.

In the past dozen years, Forensic Architecture—a research agency at Goldsmiths University of London with affiliated offices from Berlin to Ramallah to Bogotá—has developed ground-breaking concepts and research methodologies through counter-forensic technology, artistic practices, and spatial politics to work with communities to investigate sometimes invisible forms of violence, repression, and injustice. In conversation with Doreen Mende, Eyal Weizman, Samaneh Moafi, and Susan Schuppli will discuss the weaponization of environments against vulnerable communities through Forensic Architecture’s multi-perspectival case-based approach of “investigative aesthetics” (Eyal Weizman/Matthew Fuller) and the “material witness” (Susan Schuppli). The panel will focus on environmental racism, land dispossession, and geography as material-epistemic infrastructures.

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