Judy Radul’s World Rehearsal Court at Henie Onstad Art CentreHenie Onstad Kunstsenter
19 June–2 October 2011
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
After studying the legal processes of the International Criminal Court for two years, Judy Radul has created the work World Rehearsal Court. In this artwork, she examines the relationship between experience and testimony as well as truth and fiction in the judicial process. Radul draws attention to the way they are interwoven on many levels. In her work, she shows, for example, how events in the courtroom are dramatised by means of video, television monitors, cameras and surveillance equipment.
The work on show at Henie Onstad Art Centre is both an ongoing experiment and a laboratory that examines how courtroom principles work in practice. World Rehearsal Court consists of filmed material from a fictional, enacted trial, and video material that will be shot live inside the exhibition space. Visitors are invited to see and experience for themselves how these various elements are put together. At the same time, they become part of the work, as they are filmed and projected onto screens around the courtroom.
About the artist:
Judy Radul lives and works in Vancouver. She works with performance, photography, sculpture, video and media installations. She has mounted a number of international exhibitions, at, among other places, Mechelen (Belgium), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Antwerp), Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver), Oboro (Montreal), Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver) and The Power Plant (Toronto). This is her first exhibition in Norway.
Curator: Tone Hansen
Seminar: A Thousand Eyes – Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics
Time: September 22
Place: Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden
Fee: NOK 250,- (includes lunch and the anthology)
Registration at: www.hok.no (limited number of seats)
In a full day seminar the various themes of the exhibition will be discussed in a broader context. The seminar is a great opportunity to participate in a discourse across art, law, legal theory and media with an outstanding international cohort of artists and thinkers.
Since the early 20th century contemporary art and art theory have creatively challenged the notion of representation. Today, the court of law has increasingly come to rely on the same representational modes and technologies that artists have explored for a long time. How far has the field of law come in regard to understanding a moving image? How do they for instance understand a video filmed testimony? What kinds of problems do photos, video- and surveillance recordings meet as evidence, and in what way do they “speak”? How does the aesthetic of new media technology affect the judicial system in relation to fundamental concepts like truth and representation?
The main purpose of the seminar is to discuss the historical and contemporary relationship between the law and representational regimes. Participants so far: Eyal Sivan, Judy Radul, Costas Douzinas, Claire Colebrook, Eyal Weizman, Anders Ryssdal and Marit Paasche.
Anthology: A Thousand Eyes – Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics
Editors Marit Paasche and Judy Radul.
The anthology consists of essays by Julie A. Cassiday, Costas Douzinas, Pieyl Haldar, Martin Jay, Peter Goodrich, Richard Mohr, Judy Radul, Avital Ronell, Eyal Sivan and Cornelia Vismann.
Published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with the Henie Onstad Art Centre.
After the seminar, there will be an informal dinner and good opportunity for further discussions. Dinner and drinks are not included in the fee.
Please make your registration at www.hok.no