Felix Bazalgette is a writer and film-maker from London. His work has been published by The Economist, The New Statesman, The London Review of Books blog, The White Review and The New Internationalist, among many others. In 2016 and 2018 he was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions essay prize.
“Counter Investigations,” an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, details the work of an investigative agency called Forensic Architecture. The group, founded by the Israeli architect Eyal Weizman in 2010, seeks to use forensic methods of evidence-gathering and presentation against the nation states that developed them. Weizman believes that architects, who are skilled at computer modeling, presenting complex technical information to lay audiences, and coordinating projects made up of many different experts and specialists, are uniquely suited to this kind of investigation. But there’s another, simpler explanation for their involvement: “Most people dying in contemporary conflicts die in buildings.”