On Monday the 6th of November, Van Eyck welcomes Eyal Weizman – architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London – and Femke Snelting – artist/designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software.
In the framework of the exhibition The Materiality of the Invisible they will dig deeper into the topic of the relationship of objects – and their devised narratives – to the body and social, political, technological or cultural power-structures, a recurring theme in the exhibition.
Eyal Weizman reveals the materiality of the immaterial narrative, blurring the distinction between objects and subjects. In his talk about forensic aesthetics, the aesthetic, political, and ethical complications that emerge with the introduction of the thing in (war) crime trials indicate that this innovation is not simply one in which the solid object provides a stable and fixed alternative to human uncertainties, ambiguities, and anxieties. The complexities associated with testimony – that of the subject – are echoed in the presentation of the object.
Femke Snelting approaches the industry of bio-medical imaging as an archeological site, digging through software environments that interface with CT, MRI and PET-scans. She will talk about the algorithmic process of reverse-reconstructing volumetric “bodies” and how this routinely creates new affinities between (human) matter and machine. How to repoliticize the computational body and reclaim its invisible insides from the apparatuses of capture and prediction.
About the speakers
Eyal Weizman is an architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2014 he is a global professor at Princeton University. In 2010 he set up the research agency Forensic Architecture (FA) on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law. The book Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability came out this year.
Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at the Bartlett (UCL) in London at the Stadel School in Frankfurt and is a Professeur invité at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. Other Books of Weizman include The Roundabout Revolutions (2015) The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change (2015) and Mengele’s Skull (2012).
Femke Snelting works as artist and designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software. In various constellations she has been exploring how digital tools and practices might co-construct each other. She is member of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run association for art and media based in Brussels. With Jara Rocha she currently activates Possible Bodies, a collective research project that interrogates the concrete and at the same time fictional entities of “bodies” in the context of 3D tracking, modelling and scanning. She co-initiated the design/research team Open Source Publishing (OSP) and formed De Geuzen (a foundation for multi-visual research) with Renée Turner and Riek Sijbring. Femke teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute (experimental publishing, Rotterdam) and a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels).