Liquid Violence

€ 6
± 45 min
EN > FR

Since 2011 Forensic Oceanography has been investigating the spatial conditions of the Mediterranean as a border zone, policies of (non-)assistance at sea, and their consequences for the lives of migrants. The multi-screen installation presented in Brussels, Liquid Violence, brings together three recent cases that were widely covered in the press: a boat abandoned at sea during NATO’s 2011 military intervention in Libya, and two reconstructions of the effects of the decision by Italy and the EU to cut back search and rescue activities at sea. For the three cases, the Forensic Oceanography team has undertaken impressive work acquiring videos, data and sound. While affecting us with its unprecedented accuracy, the work challenges the recent narrative that has been criminalising the rescue activities of NGOs and supporting Libyan actions to prevent and intercept departures. By referring to the aesthetics of the control rooms, the space of Liquid Violence raises a question about what should be monitored and invites you to not look away.

See also: Talk: Mediterrannean Sea: politics of borders
23/05 – 18:00
EN, free entrance
With: Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzanni, et al. 

Forensic Oceanography is a project of Lorenzo Pezzani and Charles Heller and part of the Forensic Architecture agency (Directed by Eyal Weizman) at Goldsmiths (University of London) 
Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Nine One

Forensic Oceanography, Liquid Traces – The Left-to-die Boat Case (2014, 17 min)
Project team: Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani, Richard Limeburner, Samaneh Moafi, Rossana Padeletti
Produced within the frame of Forensic Architecture with the support of the House of World Cultures (HKW)
Surtitling: Babel Subtitling    

Forensic Oceanography, Death by Rescue – The EU’s Lethal Policies of Non-assistance (14 min, 2016)
Project team: Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani, Richard Limeburner, Sabine Llewellyn, Samaneh Moafi, Rossana Padeletti, Laure Vermeersch
Produced within the ESRC funded Precarious Trajectories research project
Surtitling: Babel Subtitling 

Project team Forensic Oceanography: Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani, Rossana Padaletti, Richard Limeburner
Project Team Forensic Architecture: Nathan Su, Christina Varvia, Eyal Weizman, Grace Quah
Produced with the support of Borderline Europe, the WatchTheMed platform and Transmediale Surtitling: Babel Subtitling 

Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture, The Crime of Rescue – The Iuventa Case (2018, 33 min)
Project team Forensic Oceanography: Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani, Rossana Padeletti
Project team Forensic Architecture: Stefan Laxness, Stefanos Levidis, Grace Quah, Nathan Su, Samaneh Moafi, Christina Varvia, Eyal Weizman
Produced with the support of the WatchTheMed platform, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Republic and Canton of Geneva
Surtitling: Babel Subtitling

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