10/10/2024 - 31/03/2025


between Advocacy, Journalism, and Law

About the exhibition

Human rights violations are more visually present in the public domain than ever before. Inparticular, citizen-generated image and video content has become a significant piece of evidence that bears witness to violent and repressive incidents. In social networks, users share this material directly and often unfiltered, while media services integrate excerpts into official reports. Fact-finding and verification are of crucial importance in the competition for interpretation and narratives over what really happened. Distinct from the rapid-fire news engines in times of war and terror, Visual Investigations is concerned with the evaluation and transparent processing of such information. These dynamic teams include architects, filmmakers and computational engineers, who use spatial analysis and 3D modeling, for example, to uncover and visualize human rights abuses.

Together with journalists, activists, and lawyers, they are actively involved in creating a reliable basis for independent assessment and legal prosecution.
The Architekturmuseum der TUM is dedicating its planned exhibition to the emergent field of Visual Investigations and will use a series of case studies and research to show how the role of architecture operates between advocacy, journalism, and law in the pursuit of justice and accountability. Presentations include detention camps in China's Uyghur province of Xinjiang, police violence in the USA and the consequences of the climate crisis for Pacific Island states.

Vernissage: Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 7 pm

NYPD aviation surveillance footage provided during discovery to the investigation’s
legal team for the class action lawsuit, Sow, et al. v. City of New York, et al., 2023.
Site model reconstruction showing the view cones of five simultaneous videos
captured during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Mott Haven, Bronx, New York City,
2020. Courtesy SITU Research.

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80333 München

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