Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture: technology for social justice

The work of a research group that uses social networks to locate human rights violations in the world can be seen at MACBA until 15 October

Although we live in a relatively peaceful period in historical terms, our world is still rife with injustice, human rights violations and state crime, where arbitrary violence and dominance are used against both individuals and communities. But how can these violations be spotted and reported? Is the existence of organisations NGOs such as Amnesty International and platforms like WikiLeaks enough? Recently, a group of activists and researchers called Forensic Architecture decided that something more had to be done and that new forms of vigilance were required. So they began working on a method that has become a decisive element in the gathering of evidence for the prosecution of cases of human rights violations by international courts. This exhibition at MACBA shows us how they do that, the difficulties they face and the results obtained.

Forensic Architecture is a compilation of documents, texts, images and digital processes that describe another way of searching the world that is based on architecture, the analysis of satellite images and the accumulation of data extracted from social media. The method used by the Forensic Architecture team is a blend of art and technology, sociology and science that marks the beginning of a revolution that, over time, could help to make our world a better place.

If you’re interested in finding out more, be sure to check out this exhibition at MACBA, which can be seen until 15 October.

Publication date: Thursday, 06 July 2017
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