(-_-) Investigation.support - spatial analysis as testimony in the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Lecture Talk by Maksym Rokmaniko (Center for Spatial Technologies) with Sylke Gruhnwald
The Center for Spatial Technologies is a Kyiv-based cross-disciplinary research practice. They work on a broad range of topics using spatial analysis and visualization techniques. Currently, all their efforts are directed toward analyzing civilian damage caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On 1 March 2022, Russia launched a missile strike on the Kyiv TV tower. It was not particularly effective militarily. However, the significance of targeting the capital city’s main television and radio tower cannot be underestimated in a war that is as much about control over narrative as over land and the people inhabiting it.
(From: Forensic Architecture & The Center for Spatial Technologies (CST): Russian Strike on Kiyiv Tv Tower)
In examining cases such as the Kyiv TV tower or Mariupol Theater they uncover past & present of these fraught landscapes, collecting evidence & witness testimonies, excavating historical layers and connecting it back to architectural models. Working with the key locations in this way, they document their destruction and the urban life these places used to sustain before the attacks. Diving deeper into their histories, they are excavating stories of destruction, repression, and genocide that these places witnessed in the past, which, in turn, can help us understand the events of today - thus hacking back in a war that is as much about control over narrative as over land and the people inhabiting it.
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Maksym Rokmaniko (b.1991, Khmelnytsky, UA) is an architect, researcher, and educator. Maksym is the founding director of the Center for Spatial Technologies (CST), the multidisciplinary practice based in Kyiv.
CST works on a broad range of topics using spatial analysis and visualisation techniques. Currently, their existing projects are on hold as all their efforts are directed toward analysing civilian damage caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For each case, CST assembles photographs, videos, witness testimonies, and media reports, uniting them within a 3D architectural model. Working with the key locations of the war in this way, CST is documenting their destruction as well as their cultural life prior, excavating the deeper histories of these historical sites to understand the unfolding events of today.
To undertake this research, CST has collaborated with the world’s leading historians and several international organizations and professionals. CST research on Babyn Yar has been recognized by Forensic Architecture, a multidisciplinary research group based at Goldsmiths, University of London and Berlin.
Maksyms research iscommitted to working within the Ukrainian context while establishing important connections and dialogue with major international cultural and educational institutions to bring a cutting-edge, multifaceted, and well-informed critical perspective.
18 Sep 2022