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Killing Architects

Investigating Xinjiang’s Network of Detention Camps

  • TUE - SUN
    20/05 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 26/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Alison Killing (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1979)
lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Architectural and spatial analysis tools have been critical in a series of recent groundbreaking investigative journalism projects, enabling investigations to be carried out that would not have been previously possible.
Such projects have recently attracted much attention within the architectural profession, but the working methods, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration between architects and journalists are far less well understood or pursued.
The installation by Killing Architects in The Laboratory of the Future explores this using their recent investigation into the network of detention camps built by the Chinese government in Xinjiang for the mass detention of Muslims. It was almost impossible for journalists to travel and work effectively in Xinjiang and the lack of access meant we turned to visual and spatial methods such as satellite imagery, 3D modelling, and analyses of the Chinese prison building regulations.


Technical collaborators
Megha Rajagopalan, Christo Buschek, Shumi Bose, Jan Rothuizen, Ekaterina Anchevskaya, Zachary Sigelko, Anna Moreno
With the additional support of
Creative Industries Fund NL

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