INCISION

NON ARCHITECTURE | remote sensing | data FORENSICS | RESEARCH | 2017

This project presents LiDAR data visualisation of a bombed structure in Afghanistan, visualising the path of incision of the projectile going through the different floors. The data is a part of a classified acquisition of LiDAR data in Afghanistan, retrieved in the aftermath of the US 'War on Terror'. The archive is exhumed through different visualisation methods, to reveal the curiosity and horror of its revelation; a making and unmaking of the body of the urbicidal space; where perception and meaning becomes a porous site. Architecture in a point cloud undergoes a similar procedure as in 'Cryosectioning', a process whereby a cadaver is frozen then literally sliced into over thousand-millimetre slices, useful for rendering cross-sectional images of a dead body. On the other hand, the point cloud pulverises the building into a regimen of dust. Where each particle is a number burned into strata in false memory — waiting for its blackened scratches to be read, for the event, it archived to break open like a dust particle under forensic investigation and appear from oblivion. Just as the crystal of its substance part thawed under the immense heat of the bomb — similarly its data spore breaks onto the image. An 'incision' is precisely the rupture in the shell of a spore, corresponding to a breach or invasion in the archive, a rusted nail twisted into the sensitive flesh of an archive, which it struggles to assimilate.