The Long Duration of a Split Second, Forensic Architecture, 2018
lead a live presentation and discussion around their investigation into the 2017 police raid of Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the Negev desert.
Presented by Forensic Architecture’s founding director and principal investigator Eyal Weizman, this interactive lecture builds off Forensic Architecture’s The Long Duration of a Split Second, which was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2018.
This ongoing project stems from a raid which occurred in the village of Umm al-Hiran in the northern Negev desert, shortly before dawn on 18 January 2017. During the raid, two people were killed: a villager, Yaqub Musa Abu alQi’an, and a policeman, Erez Levi. Israeli officials claimed Levi’s death was the result of a ‘terrorist attack’. However, local residents and activists told a different story.
Working with Activestills, a group of documentary photographers, Forensic Architecture exposed inconsistencies in the official account of the event, as well as the mishandling of evidence after the fact. The project continues to expose new aspects to the case while also demonstrating the strength of media in the use of investigative journalism and the effects it can take on judicial systems in the ruling of complicit murder.
Forensic Architecture is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Forensic Architecture 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. In 2018, the ICA presented Counter Investigations
, the first UK survey exhibition of Forensic Architecture’s work in the UK.
Eyal Weizman is the founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he founded the Centre for Research Architecture in 2005. The author of over 15 books, he has conducted research and taught at many universities worldwide. He is a member of several managing and advisory boards, including the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court and the board of trustees of the Centre for Investigative Journalism.