As part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Big Ideas’ talk series, architect Eyal Weizman presents ‘Conflict Shorelines’, a lecture exploring the relations among colonial history, contemporary conflicts, and climate change.
The talk examines a number of cases Forensic Architecture — a research agency directed by Weizman — has undertaken on the subject in recent years.
He takes as his point of departure the growing number of conflicts that unfold in relation to climatic and environmental transformations. On a global scale, some of these conflicts take place along environmental threshold conditions (‘conflict shorelines’), in which climate transformations aggravate existing political tensions.
Weizman argues that these conflict shorelines are not simply determined by climatic factors. In this talk he exposes the deeply complex historical and natural processes at play, bringing together political developments, urban transformations, colonial histories, and patterns of city growth and migration in relation to changing climatic conditions.
Part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Big Ideas’ talk series – a platform for renowned speakers, from scholars and thinkers to curators and artists, to share and discuss their current research and work.
Supported by the Stanley Picker Trust.
Eyal Weizman is an architect / and Professor of Visual Cultures and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. He has directed the European Research Council-funded project, Forensic Architecture since 2011. He is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR and he has been a Global Scholar at Princeton University since 2014.