Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Blindfolding Aesthetics: The Image in and of Law - Talk by LAWRENCE LIANG

Blindfolding Aesthetics: The Image in and of Law
a paper presentation by
Friday 6th August 2010, 7:30pm
@ 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery
Blindfolding Aesthetics: The Image in and of Law
Law seems to have a parallel life in the world of images and the media is saturated with cultural images of legality. How do we think of the relationship between law and the image. A dominant mode in censorship debates for instance has been an obsession with the control of the image by the law, and a need to separate the domains of Law and Aesthetics. In this paper I would like to open up a different way of thinking about the cultural life of law by looking at how the presence of contentious images in the media provides us a different way of looking at law and the senses. Law’s encounter with images opens outs an affective space which allows us to think about the aesthetics dimensions of law and legality, and how the imagination of law entrenches itself not only through rules and public reason, but also through language and through images.
- Lawrence Liang

Lawrence Liang is a researcher and writer with the Alternative Law Forum. His interests are in the intersection of law and culture, and he is currently working on a book on Law, Justice and Cinema in india.

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