Investigation on FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE: Horizontal Verification and the Socialised Production of Evidence
During the conference CITIZENS OF EVIDENCE which explores the impact of grassroots communities and citizens to expose injustice, corruption and power asymmetries, there will be an Investigation on FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE: Horizontal Verification and the Socialised Production of Evidence by Robert Trafford / Forensic Architecture (Researcher, Open Source Investigations, UK), moderated by Laurie Treffers (Freelance Journalist & Conflict Researcher, Airwars, NL), as part of Re-Imagine Europe.
At the heart of Forensic Architecture’s ‘counter-forensic’ practice is an understanding of the production of evidence as a collaborative enterprise by civil society, in which situated knowledge speaks in coalition with technical, legal, and journalistic expertise.
Through the lens of a selection of Forensic Architecture’s recent cases, Robert Trafford will discuss how this approach works in practice, its promise, and some of its problems. What are the challenges to traditional forms of truth-production that this ‘socialisation’ overcomes? What are the avenues through which civil society can expose and prosecute violence, when the state is responsible for that violence? How must this kind of truth be reconstituted when it interacts with legal and political forums?