This Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture 2017 will be delivered at 9 pm on July 30 at the BMICH by Professor Eyal Weizman, an architect by training. The theme of his lecture is "Forensic Architecture: Space and Violence in Palestine and Beyond".
Weizman has emerged as a critical global voice in the use of architectural tools and visual technologies in international humanitarian law. He works across disciplines and collaborates with architects, activists, artists and intellectuals to explore spatial analysis that can be used in legal and political forums. Weizman’s talk will use the groundbreaking work of forensic architecture in places of conflict, such as Palestine, Pakistan and elsewhere to critically evaluate the politics and aesthetics of contemporary forms of spatial investigation.
Currently, Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also the Director of the Centre for Research Architecture which he established within the Department of Visual Cultures, in 2005 and a Global Scholar at Princeton University since 2014. He is the founding member of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency – an architectural collective based in Beit Sahour. He has lectured in a number of institutions including the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, The Bartlett (UCL) in London, the Stadelschule in Frankfurt, and is also visiting professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris.
Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007, a co-recipient of the 2010 Prince Claus Prize for Architecture and was invited to deliver the Rusty Bernstein, Paul Hirst, Nelson Mandela, Mansour Armaly and the Edward Said Memorial Lectures amongst others. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide and was member of B'Tselem board of directors. He is currently on the advisory boards of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Human Rights Project at Bard in New York, and of other academic and cultural institutions. He has lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide.