Contested Terrain: A Lecture with Eyal Weizman at the Walker

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Can architecture be a form of political intervention? This question is central to the work of Eyal Weizman, a writer, architect, and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Weizman will speak at the Walker Art Center Cinema on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Global Practices in Architecture Lecture at the College of Design.

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He'll discuss his approach to architecture as a research-led collaborative practice. Often working with an interdisciplinary team--artists, urbanists, forensic scientists, archaeologists, human rights advocates--he analyzes vacated buildings, maps, satellite imagery, and other spatial artifacts to unravel the contested politics in sites of conflict and violence, including Palestine, the Former Yugoslavia, and Guatemala, among others.

Weizman directs the European Research Council-funded projectForensic Architecture. He is one of the cofounders of the architectural collective DAAR--Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency--in Beit Sahour, Palestine. His books include The Least of all Possible Evils (2012), Mengele's Skull (with Tom Keenan, 2012) Hollow Land (2007), and A Civilian Occupation (2003). Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines, including Humanity, Cabinet, and Inflexions, and has lectured extensively around the world.

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(Tpp) The Crow's Nest, A rendering for the conversion of the former military site Oush Grab ("The Crow's Nest") in Beit Sahour, Palestine into a multi-use park, Courtesy Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, (center) Eyal Weizman, photo courtesy the artist, (bottom) The Lawless Line, photo Amina Bech, Courtesy Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

The event is open to the public (Tickets $10), student/faculty tickets ($5.00) To purchase student/faculty tickets, call in advance or purchase the day of event at the lobby desk with a valid student/faculty ID. If calling in advance, tickets will be available at will call the night of the event, and can be picked up with a student/faculty ID. If any faculty or students are Walker members, they can buy their tickets online.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Sacred Space/Contested Terrain, an interdisciplinary exhibition organized by the University of Minnesota's Katherine E. Nash Gallery, School of Architecture, Department of Art, and Program in Religious Studies in collaboration with the Walker.

Upcoming Events in the Global Practices in Architecture Lecture Series:

Sep. 19, 6:00 PM - Rahul Mehrotra, "Working in Mumbai: The Works of RMA Architects"

Oct. 3, 7:00 PM - Contested Terrain: A Lecture with Eyal Weizman

Oct. 22, 6:00 PM - Makram el-Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine, "Recent & Not So Recent Works"

Nov. 5, 6:00 PM - Lindsey Bremner, "Filter_Funnel"

Nov. 26, 6:0 PM - Hitoshi Abe, "Recent Works"