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Forensic Aesthetics | Eyal Weizman

Forensics includes both field-work and forum-work. It is not only about science as a tool of investigation—the field—but about science as a means of persuasion—the forum. It is crucially about conviction—not that of other scientists (as in a regulated process of peer review) but that of judges, juries, or publics. Forensic Aesthetics is the mode of appearance of things in forums—the gestures, techniques and technologies of demonstration, methods of theatricality, narrative and dramatization, image enhancement and technologies of projection, the creation and demolition of reputation, credibility, and competence.