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Birkbeck School Of Law - Law Research Seminar Series: “Palais de Justice” C...
Wed 22 March 2017, 13:00 – 15:00 GMT
“Palais de Justice”
Carey Young (Artist; Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London)
Discussants: Professor Leslie J Moran (School of Law, Birkbeck) & Professor Linda Mulcahy, Law Department, LSE
In this research seminar, Carey Young, visual artist and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Law, will present and discuss her artistic work featuring law, in particular her new video artwork Palais de Justice, currently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Filmed at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, an enormous and ornate 19th century courthouse designed to depict law in terms of the sublime. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young’s camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors. Palais de Justice subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centred on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. Young’s camera seems implicated, either caught within reflections, or through becoming noticed by some of her subjects. The windows and the camera’s lens are suggested as an interwoven series of oculi, in which we watch justice as performance and are ourselves implicated as witnesses and voyeurs. The piece considers the complex relations between lenses, surveillance and ideas of framing or being framed, which are at the core of the law-related work Young has been developing for more than a decade.
About the speaker:
Since 2003, visual artist Carey Young has worked with a legal team to make works in installation, video, performance, print, sculpture and photography that also operate as bespoke legal instruments. These have taken such diverse forms as disclaimers, contracts, offers, licenses, cautionary statements, a will and other legal devices. These works have addressed and critiqued disparate legal fields including human rights, inheritance law, intellectual property and ‘outer space’ law. The works experiment with ideas of time, space and physicality in relation to law, and explore law as a separate kind of ‘reality’, one with its own inherent subjectivities and points of breakdown. Young studied Photography at the Royal College of Art, London and has exhibited widely, at venues including Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Centre Pompidou (Paris), the New Museum (New York), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Migros Museum (Zurich.) Her work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Arts Council England and the Tate Gallery, amongst others. She has given lectures on her work at Tate Modern, MoMA (New York), Princeton University, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study (Harvard) and the École Nationale de la Magistrature, Paris. A monograph on her work, Subject to Contract, was published by JRP| Ringier in 2013. She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Image credit - Carey Young, Palais de Justice, 2017. HD video, with sound. As installed at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Law Research Seminars are held on Wednesdays at lunchtime. The seminars are free and open to the public, and a light lunch is provided. For more information please contact Dr Başak Ertür email@example.com