Dr. José Antonio González Zarandona is an Associate Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia, and an Associate Researcher in the History Division at the Centre for Research and Teaching of Economics, Mexico. As part of his Visiting Fellowship funded by the British Academy, Dr. Zarandona will apply the methodologies created by Forensic Architecture (recently nominated for the Turner Prize) to expose acts of state violence, to the destruction of heritage in Murujuga, Western Australia.
Forensic Architecture (based at Goldsmiths, University of London) is a research agency that undertakes a series of investigations into human rights abuses, that may also have an impact to the urban landscape. Using novel research methods to study and analyse heritage destruction, Dr. Zarandona’s project will create the prototype of a digital multimedia platform to expose the events and acts of destruction that have shaped Murujuga in its current form. Understanding the extent to which the converging pressures are impacting Murujuga can only be revealed through a digital recreation. The latter will advance our understanding of heritage destruction flows and inform heritage policy in a volatile regularity environment.