The principle of forensics assumes that events, as complex and multivalented as they might be, are registered within the material properties of objects, bodies or spaces – relational objects that we will refer to as “things”. The principle of forensics assumes two interrelated sets of spatial relations. The first is a relation between an event and the objects in which it is registered, and the second is a relation between the object and the forum that is assembled around it. Forensics is thus both the investigation of objects and the creation of forums.
Eyal Weizman is a writer and architect; director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2007 he is a member of the architectural collective Decolonizing Architecture in Beit Sahour/Palestine which has received the 2010 Prince Claus Award for Architecture. His books include "The Lesser Evil" (Nottetempo, 2009, Verso Books forthcoming 2011), "Hollow Land" (Verso Books, 2007), "A Civilian Occupation" (Verso Books, 2003), the series "Territories", and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Cabinet and Inflexions. Weizman has curated the exhibition "Territories" at KW, and participated in numerous exhibitions such as Manifesta 7 (2008) and Bozar in Brussels (2009).