Groundbreaking architect testing new modes of art and activism
With the nomination of Forensic Architecture for this year’s Turner Prize, artist/architect/author/professor Weizman can be said to have shifted the centre of gravity in the artworld. The research-based, deeply politicised work he’s been doing for years – and figures he’s trained at London’s Goldsmiths, such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan – now sits close to the artistic mainstream, and the practice of Forensic Architecture, the 15-strong group of architects, investigative journalists and diverse experts that he masterminds, is the rare type that has tangible real-world effects. This spring, as FA’s exhibition opened at the ICA in London, Weizman was also in the midst of 3D-modelling work on the tragic fire that devastated London’s Grenfell Tower at the request of the local community – working with crowd-sourced video footage against fake news and governmental spin – which admirably demonstrates where his priorities lie. As he told the Evening Standard, ‘Our aim is to win cases not art prizes’.