CIVIC AERIAL VISION | A talk by Ariel Caine of Forensic Architecture

CIVIC AERIAL VISION   |  A talk by Ariel Caine of Forensic Architecture

Sat - 13/07/19

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Chelsea College of Arts, Lecture Theatre, 16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU, UK

Event Details

A talk by Ariel Caine of Forensic Architecture

Date: Saturday 13 July, 2-3pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Arts

Free Tickets:

Ariel Caine, a researcher and project coordinator at Forensic Architecture, will be giving a talk introducing the various ways in which the aerial view is operative in their investigations.

The talk is being held in conjunction with OBSERVER: John Latham and the Distant Perspective at Chelsea Space (6 - 26 July).

Aerial perspective is essential to the understanding of a geographic context in counter investigations as it has become an important tool for such institutions as the military, intelligence agencies, or humanitarian initiatives. Two methods frequently used are remote sensing, data collection taken from a significant distance, involving ground sensors and drones or satellites; and aerial surveys, using aircrafts to photograph a wide area. The talk will take a closer look at the implications of these surveillance methods: who sees these images, what do they see, and how can modes of civic-led aerial imaging practices offer new possibilities of vision and action? Ariel Caine will present a few projects led by Forensic Architecture employing these processes and their outcomes.

Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. They undertake advanced spatial and media investigations into cases of human rights violations, with and on behalf of communities affected by political violence, human rights organisations, international prosecutors, environmental justice groups, and media organisations globally. Their mandate is to develop, disseminate, and employ new techniques for evidence gathering and presentation in the service of human rights and environmental investigations and in support of communities exposed to state violence and persecution. Forensic Architecture’s work often involves open-source investigation, the construction of digital and physical models, 3D animations, virtual reality environments and cartographic platforms. Within these environments they locate and analyse photographs, videos, audio files and testimonies to reconstruct and analyse violent events. They also use our digital models as tools for interviewing survivors of violence, finding new ways to access and explore memories of trauma. Their team includes architects, software developers, filmmakers, investigative journalists, artists, scientists and lawyers, and is led by Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

ARIEL CAINE is a Jerusalem-born and London based artist. He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London and a researcher and project coordinator at the Forensic Architecture research agency, among them ‘Ground Truth׳, ‘killing in Umm al-Hiran’ and ‘The Destruction of Yazidi Cultural Heritage’. Ariel’s practice focuses on the intersection of spatial (three-dimensional) photography and survey technologies and their operation within the production of cultural memory and national narratives. A central component of his work in recent years is the forming of collaborative photographic methodologies as an act of aesthetic-political resistance on behalf of civil society.

Organised by Ines Basille, this event is part of the public programme curated by MA Curating and Collections, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, to coincide with the exhibition OBSERVER: John Latham and the Distant Perspective, Chelsea Space, 6 – 26 July, 2019. For more information, please visit

Image: Ground Truth: A composite of Royal Air Force aerial photography from 1945 and ‘community satellite’ point clouds taken in 2017. Image: Ariel Caine / Forensic Architecture / Aziz al-Turi / Nuri al-Uqbi / Debby Ferber (Zochrot) / Hagit Keysar (PublicLab), 2017 ABOUT FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE


Saturday 13th of July, 2019

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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