Socializing Evidence

Weizman, Eyal; Varvia, Christina; Krämer, Elisabeth; Andritsou, Dimitra; Franke, Anselm and Kaleck, Wolfgang. 2021. 'Socializing Evidence'. In: Socializing Evidence. Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany 9 October 2021. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Conference at the House of World Cultures [Haus der Kulturen der Welt], accompanying the exhibition Investigative Commons.

The rise of counterfactual politics on- and off-line, presents societies with a dilemma. One option is to buttress the institutional basis of factual authority by supporting the existing judiciary, media, universities and cultural venues. Another approach, presented here, is more risky: to seize the contemporary moment of institutional crisis as an opportunity for a radical transformation of the way facts are produced and disseminated. This approach responds to the current skepticism towards institutional pronouncements with a vital form of collective truth-production; one that is both diffused and diverse, based on establishing an expanded community of practice that incorporates aesthetic and scientific sensibilities. Organized by one such community of practice, the Investigative Commons, this event brings together investigators, lawyers, activists, artists, architects and academics. They will discuss the ways in which new investigative practices have the potential to challenge different forums for the presentations of facts and articulation of claims: the mainstream media brought into crisis by the growth of ‘open source’ and 'citizen’ journalism; museums, which have been turned into sites of political contestation; and the courts where new kind of evidence, citizen-produced and crowd-verified, challenges traditional legal process.

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Visual Cultures > Centre for Research Architecture
Visual Cultures


9 October 2021Completed

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany

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9 October 2021

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