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Title: Law's imagination : towards an understanding of legal aesthetics through performative practice
Author: Tan, Jack
ISNI:       0000 0004 8508 6156
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2020
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This practice research study explores the law as a medium of art and performance-making in order to gain insights into how aesthetics is part of, or characterises aspects of, law. The research was conducted through creating a series of performative artworks culminating in two major projects. Karaoke Court was a performance work where people agreed under arbitration contracts to resolve their disputes through a karaoke sing-off hearing, which was a celebratory event where an audience-jury decided who would win each case. Voices from the Courts was a residency at the Singapore Courts where I created graphic scores, as one among a set of diverse outcomes, through listening to the physical and emotive soundscape of the Courts. Through the creation of performance artworks, I aimed to discover aesthetic insight and to illuminate how the law can be a vessel for creativity and a site of social potentiality. Employing a wide range of artistic strategies, such as listening, drawing, performance-making, exhibitions making and collaborating, these projects responded to central concerns in my practice about the relationship between representation and presentation; the importance of legal imagination as a space for redefining legal aesthetics and thereby fairness and politics; and why performance and performativity are primary aesthetic modes through which law and justice are realised. The study presents ways in which law comes into being or into poiesis through its potential to be reimagined.
Supervisor: Skantze, Patricia ; Orley, Emily Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Performativity ; Law ; Performance ; Legal Aesthetics ; Presentation ; Litigation ; Arbitration ; Representation ; Listening ; New Materialism