Liquid Traces; Lorenzo Pezzani of Forensic Architecture, In Person

Liquid Traces, Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani
Liquid Traces, Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani

Pleasure Dome, Co-presented with the Department of Geography, University of Toronto

Tuesday, September 23
7.30 pm
CineCycle, 129 Spadina Avenue

This special event is PWYC (Pay What You Can) – no one will be turned away!

Liquid Traces offers a synthetic reconstruction of the events concerning what is known as the “left-to-die boat” case. In 2011, 72 Passengers left the Libyan coast heading in the direction of the island of Lampedusa on board a small rubber boat. After sending several distress signals, they were left to drift with no assistance for 14 days in NATO’s maritime surveillances area, despite repeated interactions with other vessels including at least one military helicopter visit and an encounter with a military ship. As a result, only 9 people survived.

In producing this reconstruction, research has used against the grain of the “sensorium of the sea” — the multiple remote sensing devices used to record and read the sea’s depth and surface. It turned data generated through surveillance into evidence of responsibility for the crime of nonassistance.

Directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, it is part of the research project Forensic Architecture, funded by the European Research Council and hosted by the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

For more information, visit Pleasure Dome.

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