research project, London

Forensic Oceanography is a research project within research agency Forensic Architecture, started in 2011 by London-based architect and researcher Lorenzo Pezzani and Tunis-based filmmaker and researcher Charles Heller. Forensic Oceanography was launched to support a coalition of NGOs demanding accountability for the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, while that region was tightly monitored by the NATO-led coalition intervening in Libya. Together with a wide network of NGOs, scientists, journalists, and activist groups, Forensic Oceanography has produced maps, visualizations, and human rights reports that document the violence perpetrated against migrants at sea and challenge the regime of visibility imposed by surveillance means on this contested area. Their work has been exhibited at, among others: Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2018; The 11th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, 2016. Forensic Oceanography is based at Goldsmiths, University of London, London.