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FORENSIC AESTHETICS: A conversation between Kodwo Eshun and Eyal Weizman

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The Showroom is pleased to announce a conversation between Kodwo Eshun and Eyal Weizman to celebrate the recent publication of three books, authored and co-authored by Eyal Weizman: The Least of All Possible Evils (Verso, 2012), Mengele Skull (with Thomas Keenan, Sternberg and Portikus 2012), and Forensic Architecture (Hatje Cantz, dOCUMENTA13 Notebook, 2012).

From the analysis of the skull of Mengele – discovered in a provincial cemetery near Sau Paulo – to that of the mass graves of the Guatemalan highlands, the killing fields of Yugoslavia and the villages of Darfur, to modes of investigating the urban destruction of the refugee camps of Gaza, a new paradigm for the representation and documentation of calamities and catastrophes has emerged. A recent shift of emphasis from human testimony to material forensics, from trauma and memory to scientific analysis, has started to challenge our aesthetic conception of history and politics. New ways of using forensic science have blurred a previously held distinction: between evidence, when the law speaks of objects, and that of the witness, referring to subjects. Such a shift has aesthetic, political and ethical implications, dangers and potentials, which are unpacked in these three books using different historical probes.

In conversation with Eshun, Weizman will talk about how this shift has become apparent in the world of human rights and humanitarianism – and its compromises of lesser evil – but have expanded to structure our perception of the world at large.

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