Political Plastic (Interview)

Weizman, Eyal. 2010. Political Plastic (Interview). Collapse, 6, pp. 257-303. [Article]

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In 2003, architect Eyal Weizman co-curated the exhibition A Civilian Occupation in which work by photographers, journalists and architects was combined to present a revealing account of the role of architecture in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Censored by the Association of Israeli Architects, the exhibition demonstrated the potential of this provocative new perspective for shifting debate on the occupation from interminable moral polarisation to forensic examination.

Cutting through the endemic euphemisms and evasions surrounding the debate on Israel/Palestine with a carefully-calibrated assemblage of theoretical analysis, interdisciplinary research and reportage, Weizman’s book Hollow Land expands this project, traversing material and historical cross-sections of the occupation and its territorialities to reveal how the governance of space meshes with disturbing new modes of political and military power.

Weizman’s architectural practice with Sandi Hilal and Allesandro Petti, Decolonizing Architecture, now proposes direct interventions into formerly colonized spaces with a view to defusing their political charge.

In our interview with Weizman we discuss Hollow Land, Decolonizing Architecture and his recent work which extends and develops ‘forensic architecture’, the evolving theoretical framework that has emerged from his research and practice…

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Architecture, Built Environment, Capitalism, Cartography, Decolonization, Forensics, Interview, Israel, Military Power, Space, State, War, War Crimes

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures
Visual Cultures > Centre for Research Architecture



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21 Mar 2017 14:20

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 15:21



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