February 11, 2013
Eyal Weizman is an architect, writer and curator based in London. Previously a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he is now the director of Goldsmiths College’s Centre of Research Architecture. He set up his private practice with Rafi Segal in 1999. Their projects included the rebuilding of the Ashdod Museum of Art (opened in June 2003), a stage-set for Itim Theatre Company (premiered at the Lincoln Centre in July 2003), a runner up proposal for the Tel Aviv Museum competition and other projects. Together with the human-rights organization B’tselem, Eyal initiated a report on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law through the use of architecture and planning titled Land Grab. The map produced alongside this report was the first of its kind to represent the nature of planning and the formal dimension of the Israeli Occupation, and is currently widely used by NGOs and international organizations.
Weizman co-curated/edited the exhibition and the publication A Civilian Occupation, The Politics of Israeli Architecture shown at the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture in New York (February 2003), in ‘Territories’ at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (May 2003), and ever-updated versions of the ongoing project at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (November 2003) and other venues. He is a contributing editor of Cabinet magazine. His books published include Yellow Rhythms (010Publishers Rotterdam, 2000), three co-edited catalogues for the exhibition Territories (May 2003, November 2003, May 2004) and A Civilian Occupation (Verso, London, 2003). He is the recipient of the Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007.
This Signature Series lecture was videotaped.