Propositions #7/2: Geosync
Ayotzinapa, 2017, courtesy Forensic Architecture
With Stefan Laxness (Forensic Architecture, London) and Gamze Hızlı and Özlem Zingil (Hafiza Merkezi [Truth Justice Memory Center], Istanbul
With ever-increasing quantities and richer forms of media being produced every day, one might think that it only would have become easier to create consensus on historical events. Yet data is not the same thing as information; to produce the latter, an intensive process of data collection, filtering, analysis, and interpretation is necessary. Today, proving what happened in the past requires immersing oneself in the evermore saturated and evolving landscape of data production. A landscape of truth lies within and among the vast quantities and diverse forms of media surrounding every event.
Focusing on the evidentiary method of what Forensic Architecture calls “Geosync,” Stefan Laxness presents The Ayotzinapa Case, 2017, an investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico, in 2014. Gamze Hızlı and Özlem Zingil of Hafiza Merkezi discuss their recent investigations into human rights violations in Turkey.
Stefan Laxness is an architect, researcher, and Project Coordinator at Forensic Architecture. Having previously worked in architectural practice, Laxness joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2016 and has since been the Project Coordinator of The Ayotzinapa Case while working on analyzing airstrikes in the Middle East and modelling sites from witness testimonies. Laxness lives and works in London.
Hafıza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Center) is an independent human rights organization founded in Istanbul in 2011 by a group of lawyers, journalists, and human rights activists. Hafıza Merkezi’s aim is to uncover the truth concerning human rights violations in Turkey; to strengthen the collective memory about those violations; and to support survivors in their pursuit of justice. Currently, Hafıza Merkezi’s is focused in particular on “enforced disappearances” as part of its efforts to contribute to Turkey’s coming to terms with its past atrocities.
Part of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods
Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020)—expands upon the notion of forensic justice in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops on methodologies for articulating claims within the multidimensional space of aesthetics, law, architecture, politics, and ecology. The series deepens the understanding of works by, or made in collaboration with, Forensic Architecture, including investigations that are not presented in the exhibition. Focusing on techniques and innovative evidentiary methods at the intersection of law, art, politics, and the changing media landscape employed in the forensic practice, the gatherings create a space for dialogue and exchange between concrete cases examined by Forensic Architecture and other ongoing political struggles in the Netherlands and beyond. The series is conceived in collaboration with Nick Axel (architectural theorist, Amsterdam).
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