Past

Forensic Architecture:
True to Scale

February 19–September 27, 2020

February 19September 27, 2020

Museum of Art and Design at MDC



Forensic Architecture: True to Scale

Comprised of architects, software developers, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers, artists, and scientists, Forensic Architecture is a research agency that uses architectural software and an architectural sensibility to investigate human rights violations.

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale, the first U.S. museum survey of the agency’s work, displays the evidence and explains the methodologies behind more than a dozen Forensic Architecture investigations. While providing an overview of how advanced techniques such as photogrammetry, audio analysis, augmented reality, 3-D modeling, machine learning, and crowd sourcing support their findings, the exhibition considers the complex relationship between a material fact and its representation in the public realm. Amidst what Founding Director Eyal Weizman refers to as the “dark epistemology” of a post-truth media environment, Forensic Architecture’s meticulously researched, carefully analyzed, and conscientiously presented evidence demonstrates that it is both possible and imperative to verify what is really happening in the world around us. 

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale includes Hebron: Testimonies of Violence, the first Forensic Architecture investigation in which virtual reality is used to assist, record, and represent witness testimony. The investigation is co-produced by MOAD and advances an approach that is practically and theoretically explored through the museum’s public programming.

Organized by MOAD, Forensic Architecture: True to Scale is curated by Sophie Landres, Curator of Public Programs and Education. It is made possible by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Immersive Technologies in the Arts initiative; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.