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Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute

Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute
Forensic Architecture office. Courtesy Forensic Architecture
Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute
Invisible Institute community meeting. Photo: Marc Monaghan
Forensic Architecture is a research agency composed of architects, artists, scholars, filmmakers, lawyers, and scientists that develops spatial, architectural, media, and cartographic techniques to investigate human rights and environmental violations and support communities exposed to state violence and persecution. The resulting architectural evidence is presented in international courtrooms, parliamentary inquiries, United Nations assemblies, citizens’ tribunals, and exhibitions and publications. Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the agency has received commissions from organizations such as the New York Times, Praxis Films, BBC Africa Eye, Amnesty International, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The Invisible Institute is a journalism production company based on Chicago’s South Side that is guided by a mission to enhance citizens’ capacity to hold public institutions accountable. Since its informal beginnings in Jamie Kalven’s reporting in the early 2000s, it has addressed patterns of neglect and abuse by public institutions, advancing themes of visibility and place in the urban environment through human rights documentation, investigative reporting, and civil rights litigation.

Established 2011, London, England, United Kingdom
Established 2014, Chicago, United States

Biennial Project

Forensic Architecture is a research agency composed of architects, artists, scholars, filmmakers, lawyers, and scientists that investigates humanrights violations and environmental violence. The Invisible Institute is a Chicago-based investigative journalism organization that works to enhance citizens’ capacity to hold public institutions accountable. Their collaborative project investigates the July 14, 2018, police killing of Harith Augustus, a local barber, in the South Shore neighbor-hood of Chicago. A day after the killing, the Chicago Police Department releaseda thirty-second video from a police-worn body camera in support of the official narrative that Augustus had committed an “aggravated assault ona police officer” and was legitimately shot in a “split-second decision.” Using forensic techniques and on-the-ground investigations, the project contests this narrative by reconstructing the event across six distinct time scales—from milliseconds to years—each of which exposes a different dimension of police violence. Taken together, this counter-visualization of the killing raises incisive questions about policingand race in Chicago and the United States at large. 

The full installation can be seen at Experimental Station and is on view September 19, 2019 - January 5, 2020 with guided access to video installation every 30 minutes:

Address
Peterman Studio / monk parakeet
6100 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL
Enter through Build Coffee at the Experimental Station

Hours
Thurs - Fri 12pm-5pm
Sat 10am-3pm

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