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Jul 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm talk/event
Location: Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Arts
Ariel Caine, a researcher and project coordinator at Forensic Architecture, will be giving a talk introducing the various ways in which the aerial view is operative in their investigations.
The talk is being held in conjunction with OBSERVER: John Latham and the Distant Perspective at Chelsea Space (6 - 26 July).
Aerial perspective is essential to the understanding of a geographic context in counter investigations as it has become an important tool for such institutions as the military, intelligence agencies, or humanitarian initiatives. Two methods frequently used are remote sensing, data collection taken from a significant distance, involving ground sensors and drones or satellites; and aerial surveys, using aircrafts to photograph a wide area. The talk will take a closer look at the implications of these surveillance methods: who sees these images, what do they see, and how can modes of civic-led aerial imaging practices offer new possibilities of vision and action? Ariel Caine will present a few projects led by Forensic Architecture employing these processes and their outcomes.
Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. They 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 globaly. Their mandate is to develop, disseminate, and employ new techniques for evidence gathering and presentation in the service of human rights and environmental investigations and in support of communities exposed to state violence and persecution. Forensic Architecture’s work often involves open-source investigation, the construction of digital and physical models, 3D animations, virtual reality environments and cartographic platforms. Within these environments they locate and analyse photographs, videos, audio files and testimonies to reconstruct and analyse violent events.
They also use our digital models as tools for interviewing survivors of violence, finding new ways to access and explore memories of trauma.
Their team includes architects, software developers, filmmakers, investigative journalists, artists, scientists and lawyers, and is led by Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
ARIEL CAINE is a Jerusalem-born and London based artist. He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London and a researcher and project coordinator at the Forensic Architecture research agency, among them ‘Ground Truth׳, ‘killing in Umm al-Hiran’ and ‘The Destruction of Yazidi Cultural Heritage’.
Ariel’s practice focuses on the intersection of spatial (three-dimensional) photography and survey technologies and their operation within the production of cultural memory and national narratives. A central component of his work in recent years is the forming of collaborative photographic methodologies as an act of aesthetic-political resistance on behalf of civil society.
Organised by Ines Basille, this event is part of the public programme curated by MA Curating and Collections, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, to coincide with the exhibition OBSERVER: John Latham and the Distant Perspective, Chelsea Space, 6 – 26 July, 2019. For more information, please visit

Click to enlargeUSE HEARING PROTECTION : FAC 1 - 50 / 40
Sep 13 - Oct 26, 2019
Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40 celebrates the ground-breaking early works and on-going influence of Factory Records. Curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft, Use Hearing Protection at Chelsea Space tells the story of Factory’s formative years from 1978 to 1982 through the first 50 numbered Factory artefacts, including works by Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column and Linder Sterling.
Supported by rare and unseen materials from personal Factory archives, as well as non-Factory period items of influence, these combine to describe an era and atmosphere from which Factory was proposed and realised, underpinning its revolutionary cultural impact on the music, art, design and ideas of our times.
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Nov 13 - Dec 13, 2019
Private view Tue Nov 12 6pm - 8.30pm
For the final exhibition of 2019, Chelsea Space presents a solo show of the work of Ian Stephenson (1934-2000). A former tutor at Chelsea School of Art, (1959-89), Stephenson studied under Sir Lawrence Gowing at Kings College Newcastle (1951-56), to become a Studio Demonstrator on the ‘Basic Course’, the now iconic experiment in art education founded by the artists Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton.
The exhibition focuses on a series of collages by Stephenson, commenced when travelling through Italy, in 1959 on a Boise Scholarship with his wife Kate Brown, a fellow student. The works, selected by Kate, reflect the influences they both experienced abroad, and the transitions they would then make into their adult careers, as artists, and educators.


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