Director: Forensic Architecture
Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema
Country: UK, Germany | Year: 2017
Language(s): English | Time: 29 mins
Halit Yozgat, 21 years old, was murdered at his Internet café in Kassel, Germany, on 6 April 2006. His was the ninth of ten racist murders committed by a neo-Nazi group known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU) across Germany between 2000 and 2007. At the time of the killing, an intelligence officer named Andreas Temme was present in the shop but denied being a witness to the incident. Within the 77 square meters of the Internet café created as a replica at HKW in Berlin, and also as a 3-D model, the 9:26 minutes of the incident are reenacted and witnesses, smells and sounds are architecturally disposed in relation to each other to investigate Temme’s testimony and determine whether it could be truthful.
Forensic Architecture (FA), established in 2010 by Eyal Weizman, is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London, consisting of architects, artists, filmmakers, journalists, software developers, scientists and lawyers. They combine the well-established disciplinary frames of both ‘forensics’ and ‘architecture’ giving rise to a different mode of practice. FA presents how public truth is produced – technologically, architecturally, and aesthetically – and how it can be used to confront authority and to expose new forms of state-led violence. FA is a nominee for this year’s Turner Prize.