MDC Museum of Art + Design

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale

Courtesy of Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale
February 20, 2020 - September 27, 2020

MOAD presents the first major U.S. survey of Forensic Architecture’s extraordinary work uncovering evidence of state and corporate violence.

Comprised of architects, software developers, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers, artists, and scientists, Forensic Architecture is a research agency that uses architectural software and an architectural sensibility to investigate human rights violations.

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale displays the evidence and explains the methodologies behind over a dozen Forensic Architecture investigations. While providing an overview of how advanced techniques such as photogrammetry, audio analysis, augmented reality, 3D modeling, machine learning, and crowd sourcing support their findings, the exhibition considers the complex relationship between a material fact and its representation in the public realm. Amidst what Founding Director Eyal Weizman refers to as the “dark epistemology” of a post-truth media environment, this collection of meticulously researched, carefully analyzed, and conscientiously presented evidence demonstrates that it is both possible and imperative to verify what is really happening in the world around us.

True to Scale includes the first Forensic Architecture investigation in which virtual reality is used to compel accurate witness testimony and recreate a crime scene. Co-produced by MOAD, it corresponds with the core theoretical and practical questions that will be further explored through the museum’s public programming.

In addition to a panel of experts on the architecture of border walls and refugee camps, MOAD will host a series of events that teach Forensic Architecture's methodologies while laying the groundwork for an investigation of the alleged crimes occurring within a nearby child migrant detention center. Working with a coalition of journalists, activists, architects, and MDC students, the series will bring critical attention to the humanitarian crisis at our borders and the architectural forms that evince devastating social policies.

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale is curated by Sophie Landres. It is made possible by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Immersive Technologies in the Arts initiative; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.





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Dora Garcia: Rezos / Prayers Miami is presented at the Museum of Art and Design at MDC. Courtesy of Dora Garcia.

Dora Garcia: Rezos/Prayers Miami
April 23 - September 27, 2020

Dora García: Rezos/Prayers Miami is an innovative audio installation that focuses the Spanish artist’s performative practice onto a day in the life in Miami. Rezos/Prayers Miami makes personal and specific experiences into collective and universal invocations.

For the Miami iteration of the Spanish artist’s ongoing project, first enacted in Madrid in 2007, eleven individuals, placed in various locations or public transit routes around the city, recorded forty-five-minute narrations of their observations, noting both every day and unexpected details. These recordings of “incessant description, recited like a prayer,” posted online as digital audio files, constitute an archive of subjective interpretations that document a particular place at a particular time.

At the end of 2019, the artist sent eleven Miami residents out into the city with audio recording devices. These participants—Marivi Véliz, Celeste Landeros, Dainerys Machado, Pedro Medina León, Samantha Phillips, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Angela Valella, Marcos Valella, Hernán Vera Álvarez, Gladys Hernando, and Larry Villanueva—include writers, professors, graduate students, artists, and actors, who narrated what they saw and heard in both English and Spanish. Garcia says the “recited descriptions are as much of people, situations, attitudes, events, as of buildings, structures, itineraries, activities, routines, objects, atmospheres, circumstances, sounds, smells, including also the impressions, deductions, and intuitions of the describing or narrating subject.”

The recordings that make up the Miami version of Rezos/Prayers will be online at MOAD’s new website, http://www.mdcmoad.org, and also at the artist’s website, http://doragarcia.org/rezos/miami/. The installation will also be on view in MOAD's galleries.

Dora García: Rezos/Prayers Miami is curated by Rina Carvajal as part of the series A City of the People. It is made possible by the generous support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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