Forensis: Field and Forum of 'The Long Duration of a Split Second' | 法证：艺术展“一瞬的漫长持续”的现场与会场
This essay reflects on the visit to Forensic Architecture's 'The Long Duration of a Split Second', the 2018 Turner Prize winner exhibited at the Tate Britain. The exhibition presents the team's investigation on the deaths of a Palestinian Bedouin villager and an Israeli police during a violent demolition activity of local houses in the Negev/Naqab desert on January 18th, 2017. The minor section 'Traces of Bedouin Inhabitation' surveys the historical context behind the incident-- the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian disputation over the site's ownership and residency right. The essay analyzes the exhibition from two perspectives: field and forum. 'Field' corresponds to the on-site investigation of the case in south Israel, while 'forum' is the presentation of it at Tate Britain. The methodology used in the investigation combines the traditional witness testimony and site re-enactment, digital technology (digital mapping, 3D modeling) and social media (Twitter, YouTube). The staging of the show invites the audience to actively interact with the content, constantly raising their head to read the texts printed on the wall and picking up the earphone to watch the videos. The evidence and the presentation put the audience in the role of judge in a courtroom. The essay argues that the show challenges and broadens public's definition of art. Regardless of being criticized for 'pretentious methodology and excessive objectivity', the team's moths-long investigation reflects their ardent pursuit of truth and justice. They are the among the few resistant guarantees of human status by fighting for the ignored, the destroyed, and the forgotten.