• Fraser Crichton, Mariachiara Ficarelli, Lachlan Kermode, Bhaveeka Madagammana, and Karamia Müller

Violent Legalities is an interdisciplinary project that brings together a range of contributors spanning the fields of architecture and art. The project is initiated by Pacific architectural researcher Karamia Müller and ex-patriate New Zealander Lachlan Kermode, an active member of the influential London-based human rights agency Forensic Architecture. The exhibition launches a series of new interactive maps developed by the team of researchers and web developers in order to track and visualise legislative changes that have occurred in New Zealand, alongside hundreds of instances of historical unrest. This ambitious work draws on hundreds of sources from the Waitangi Tribunal to shed light on how many touchstone historical events interact with law changes, such as the 2007 Urewera raids, which were subsequently deemed unlawful. Through the careful mapping of the findings of the Tribunal, the exhibition utilises cutting-edge technology in order to timeline the events and shed light on instances where fast-tracking legislative change led to discrimination. The exhibition serves to both launch the software and create a forum to build upon the researchers’ initial findings through a series of public discussions facilitated throughout the show.

Fraser Crichton is a Pōneke/Wellington based visual artist who graduated from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Masters at University of Arts London in 2019. His research-based practice incorporates investigative journalism, data-visualisation, video, archival imagery, still photography, and community based participatory photography projects. Crichton’s work examines the power of the state in the context of social reform and the criminal justice system.

Mariachiara Ficarelli is an Italian anthropologist and filmmaker. She is interested in the potential of open source research for ethnographic methodology.

Lachlan Kermode develops full stack architectures, manages machine learning workflows, and handles the granular details of computer infrastructure across a range of Forensic Architecture’s investigations. He has a degree in Computer Science from Princeton University, and a range of experience both in industry and as a full stack freelancer. His academic interests are generally found in and between computer science, infrastructure studies, and cultural and critical theory.

Bhaveeka Madagammana is a postgraduate student currently studying architecture at the University of Auckland.

Karamia Müller is a Pacific scholar and feminist specialising in Pacific space concepts. Her research specializes in the ‘indigenization’ of design methodologies with a focus on indigenous spatialities.

The initial workshop, and subsequent research assistance for this project was funded by a University of Auckland, Creative Arts and Industries Faculty Research Development Fund Grant.

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